Move over, 9-to-5ers — an alternative working model is on the rise. According to a survey by Upwork and the Freelancers Union, the freelance economy now includes 55 million Americans (35 percent of the total U.S. workforce). We can expect this trend to continue rising, in large part, thanks to Generation Z and how it likes to work.
Gen Zers largely consider themselves the entrepreneurs of the future. Even as internal employees, they have embraced — even hungered for — a shift toward more flexibility. This demand for work-life balance will not only drive more employees into the freelancing realm, but also shift company culture in ways that benefit companies, freelancers and internal employees alike.
To succeed, companies are going to have to learn to embrace flexibility and autonomy for freelancers, as well as adapt the roles of internal employees appropriately. Chris Motley, CEO of The Whether by Better Weekdays, advises managers to
Decide which aspects of the job can be outsourced to a freelancer versus what is core to a company’s mission/goal and should, therefore, be handled internally.