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

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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
more than 1 month ago

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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
more than 1 month 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 1 month ago
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I can't see that it would matter.

Travis Keenum, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
more than 1 month 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 more than 1 month ago
Yes and we can Higher Ed to that list too. - M. A. more than 1 month ago
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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
more than 1 month 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. more than 1 month ago

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