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Uberization of Workforce and increasing participation of global non- regular employees


With the increase in Contract Employees particiaption in Senior and even executive managment/ Board level what are the limits/ possiblities to improvements in Business Strategy development & roll-out, will it be encourage/supported by Owner / Board/ Public - stock holders ?

Business Strategy
Employee Engagement
Sarma Garimella
9 months ago

4 answers


The notion of Just in Time staffing has existed for years within staff level positions and, to a lesser degree with senior and executive staff. The issue will invariably emerge of a conflict between the consultant's interests and those of the client. Admittedly, this can happen now with employees however when there is no fiduciary responsibililty and merely an expectation of fiduciary responsibility, there is a potential new risk that lawyers will love to get a hold of and litigate.

Jeff Altman
9 months ago
Jeff, I think you have a great point. In the end, potential conflicts of interest become one of the main obstacles for senior roles (even for member of the board of directors, and it takes significant effort to sort out those conflicts). I have seen very senior consultants come in as advisors to executives, but normally to resolve a specific problem. - Jose 8 months ago

I can't see that it would matter.

Travis Keenum, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
9 months ago
I agree. Sectors like construction, oil & gas and even IT have been using contractors for decades. The question is not the structure but how you handle the people - Alan 9 months ago
Yes and we can Higher Ed to that list too. - M. A. 9 months ago

The improvements in strategy could be significant because of the increased breadth of perspectives that people from varied backgrounds bring. The potential unintended consequence is more compromised strategy execution. The risk being that contract talent may not be managed in terms of accountability as assertively as full-time employees. The organizations that I have seen do this the best have well structured contract management/accountability management processes.
On the balance I think this trend is a strong net positive for business.

Rob Linn
9 months ago
Rob I agree. We can look to case studies in the industries named like Oil Medicine or Education to see if there are best practices in place for creating Business accountability and community building. After all community is the voice of the industry -- the Millenial generation gets this and now let's see if that can make a difference in institutional practices - M. A. 9 months ago

JIT staffing and part-time employment is not a panacea yet a more virtual workforce is where we are heading. The work environment infrastructure beyond just an "office" needs to be addressed, such as acces to benefits and work-social support if this trend can be supported long-term.
We've already seen many home-office aligned companies pull the plug to bring far flung staffers back into a central "office" environment due to declining productivity and lack of innovation.

Randy Vogenberg, PhD
5 months ago
Interesting point Randy on companies re-patriating employees back to the office. I would imagine these to be SMEs or very dynamic industries. Many Fortune 500 companies are only recently moving to remote/work from home policies which highlights their lack of agility - especially in HR - Matthew 1 month ago

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