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S revolutionized the way we do business High profile tech start ups such as Uber and Airbnb are constantly making headlines for the disruption they cause to the industries they overturn But what are the effects of this disruption from Wall Street down to Main Street What challenges do employees and job seekers face at every level of professional experienceIn the tradition of the great business narratives of our time Gigged offers deeply sourced up close and personal accounts of our new economy From the computer programmer who chooses ex. Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of us working on these topics to always think about the human impacts I am involved in policy research in this area for work and it can get so big and messy that it s easy to forget that we re really talking about people at the beginning and end of the day I appreciated the human stories in the book most of all as Kessler spends enough time with the people working in this to give a sense of the pros and cons of on demand laborMy big regret with Gigged was that it doesn t uite get at what I think of as big uestion is the so called gig economy in general better than the alternative world where it didn t exist Kessler astutely points out that the problem was that the gig economy s much ballyhooed flexibility often seemed to apply to the company than to the employee It is clear that these aren t great jobs in many ways but neither is the alternative So if these jobs went away would we be better off I don t know for many of the specific apps but for uber and lyft I strongly suspect that they on average provide benefits to both drivers and riders I m not saying we shouldn t demand better we should and can But if they simply went away that s a significant income opportunity gone I ve heard advocates for low income mobility who I am 100% aligned with on goals say in presentations that these companies have created poor people Baloney When lower income people drive for these companies they are choosing to do so and are making money The counterfactual or alternative world if the opportunity wasn t available certainly wouldn t involve anyone magically becoming wealthyKessler does give a useful summary of some of the real policy options we have to avoid some of the downsides of the gig economy While much attention has been paid to transformative options like universal basic income it seems to me that there is need for direct fixes like making benefits portable and clearly reuired for part time and certain kinds of contractor relationships basically the you work for a company the they would kick in to a benefits account which could be combined with other sources to assemble complete benefits from multiple sourcesI was interested in the other gig economy specifics but my thinking keeps gravitating back to the transportation network companies like Uber and Lyft that are having huge impacts both positive and negative At the end of the day my working opinion actually reinforced by the book on reflection is that we as a whole are better off with these services These are not great jobs but many people are able to use the income to materially improve their financial situation And from a user perspective so many people are voting with their thumbs and dollars which shows just how big of an untapped demand there was for better on demand transportationLastly the book did remind me to be re annoyed at Uber for their years of basically lying about tips If you re like me the first time a friend told you about Uber they said and the tip is included Uber did their best to perpetuate this idea but it s just false It was years and years before they allowed tipping through the app in part to keep the nice illusion for their customers Tip your drivers everyone 2018 Reading Challenge Updatebook number 27 40scorecard see belowW 1420NW 1120NA 1420D 13F 18NF 8 Notes I m trying to read 40 books this year To make sure I m getting a broad range I m tracking some metrics Open to if folks have suggestions My goal is to read books that arehalf by womenhalf not by white peoplehalf by non americansat least 3 that I don t think I ll like or agree with going inI ll also go for about half fiction and half non fictionThis year I m also adding the What Should I Read Next categories since they should provide some good ideas and I love the recommendations I get from the podcast A classic you ve been meaning to readX A book recommended by someone with great tasteX A book in translationO A book nominated for an award in 2018O A book of poetry a play or an essay collectionX A book you can read in a dayX A book that s than 500 pagesX A book by a favorite authorO A book recommended by a librarian or indie booksellerO A banned bookX A memoir biography or book of creative nonfictionX A book by an author of a different race ethnicity or religion than your own

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Actly which hours he works each week to the Uber driver who starts a union to the charity worker who believes freelance gigs might just transform a declining rural town journalist Sarah Kessler follows a wide range of individuals from across the country to provide a nuanced look at how the gig economy is playing out in real timeKessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big uestions What does the future of work look like Will the millennial generation do as well their parents How can we all find meaningful well paid work. Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a taxi is uite different It used to be that taxi had to be a registered vehicle you have to pay to get the license to become a taxi driver buy insurance and so on Now the technology which has allowed cars to become taxis is part of what explains why people are temporarily becoming taxi drivers The second thing which is happening around the world is Airbnb which allows your house to temporarily become a hotel room Then it allows you to become temporarily a hotel owner This is a really radical new development and it s actually great because it means we could have much higher capital efficiency Instead of all these cars lying idle now they are turned out to be taxis And when a house which lies empty because its owner is on holiday could be used as a hotel This is a fantastic development which helps us in getting a much higher utilisation rate out of our assets and it will increase its efficiency greatlyNext the gig economy allows everybody to be their own boss and play by their own rules It is an economy where you have apps that give out jobs like Uber or Airbnb Workers are changed into freelancers and generally speaking it s a shift from full time employment whether that could be contract workers or temp workers or other things that aren t traditional jobs Now it s much easier to hire a freelancer than it s ever been before There are online platforms offering easy ways to search for workers You can keep track of these people over if you hire a freelancer you can also watch a video of all the hours that they were working for you on their desktop to make sure that they didn t do something different while they were supposed to be working for youWe all know that flexible works have some perks Some people become entrepreneurial they become creative than in the traditional office We also know that these jobs generally don t come with sick leave vacation leave or retirement benefits healthcare or any other workplace supports And for many doing this kind of work leaves if you like to read my full review please visit my blog

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With deep reporting and graceful storytelling Sarah Kessler reveals the ground truth of a key part of the American workforce Her analysis is both astute and nuanced making GIGGED essential reading for anyone interested in the future of work Daniel H Pink author of WHEN and DRIVE The full time job is disappearing is landing the right gig the new American Dream One in three American workers is now a freelancer This “gig economy” one that provides neither the guarantee of steady hours nor benefits emerged out of the digital era and ha. This book is a well done and fairly up to date look at the phenomena associated with the gig or sharing economy a set of developments in the organization of work that are turning individual people into individual independent contractors rather than traditional employers This model has become popularized by such firms as Uber and AirBnB although it has been around for a much longer time especially since the fallout from the waves of mergers and acuisitions that hit the US economies in the 1980s and 1990s and left lots of people out of work as a resultWhenever a development like the gig economy hits public attention there is a tremendous temptation to either 1 oversimplify and hype it so that the startups pushing it can attract investors and employees stock options or 2 focus on the dark economic motivations for putting all the human resource costs including expenses for health care saving and retirement and the backs of employees generally not prepared at present to handle such costs This makes for a literature of extremes with balanced approaches being both too boring and also TLDNR too long did not read as my kids will inform me while maliciously eye rolling meFor the gig economy there is a real need to bring the good and the bad together and see how they can potentially fit if that is even possible With the dismantling of post WW2 corporate America and the end of the Organization Man it is clear that the traditional vision of a high paying upwardly mobile white collar professional career was an anomaly at best and a severe distortion at worst Remember all those Springsteen songs At the same time it does not take a lot to think hard about a firm like Uber and wonder how heaven is going to descend on drivers of cars for hire Wage theft is a tried and true American tradition in many sectors and it is not difficult to see who is about to get screwed as the business model unfolds This is a different issue than whether this is a good or bad development I know how the arguments go on this but it is clear to me that there are many in the economy who need extra earnings and a bigger cash flow and lack the resources and skills needed to demand it at will from the economy What is a person to do if they need the money In any event how this all sorts out is much complicated than one is likely to find in short internet technology columns or the sales pitches of either new startups or social action groupsSarah Kessler is a journalist who has produced a rare product a smart thoughtful well written and balanced treatment of the gig economy I hope she writes other books although this one took her some time to work through To me the secret of how Gigged is constructed is in its use of ongoing case studies each focusing on different types of individuals and how the gig economy can help or hinder each Of course the individuals are all different and circumstances differ but she provides a fascinating look at the gig economy from the perspective of different types of works as well as different types of business owners In between she actually explains how the start ups work and clarifies what different it makes if a business maintains a contractor model or else shifts to an employee based model with its increased expenses for pay benefits and work processesRecent evidence from varied sources suggests that the growth of contingent employment has moderated in the past decade and that the gig economy is not going to take over the world This suggests to me that when large numbers of people have to work under these models then the costs and benefits become much clearer people start making choices based on their experiences rather than on hype and even the potential for reasonable regulation raises its headThis is a fine book for someone interested in these aspects of how the digital workplace is beginning to change the rest of the economy


10 thoughts on “Gigged author Sarah Kessler

  1. says:

    Capitalism uses cutting edge technology to screw workers Old Wine New Bottles Uber Mechanical Turk are innovative methods for pushing down wages shedding benefits putting all risk on workers in the name of being your own boss as an

  2. says:

    A few years ago I thought about writing a book on the gig economy On many levels I knew that it was going to be a

  3. says:

    This book is a well done and fairly up to date look at the phenomena associated with the “gig” or “sharing” economy a set of developments in the organization of work that are turning individual people into individual independent contractors rather than traditional employers This model has become popularized by such firms as Uber and AirBnB although it has been around for a much longer time especially since the fa

  4. says:

    Just finished Gigged by the brilliant writer Sarah Kessler Over 6 years she reported on the rise of the gig economy the countless enumerations on Uber’s model Uber but for cat food and the folks who get swept int

  5. says:

    Having read similar books about understanding modern day poverty and work I felt this did well at maintaining a journalistic distance

  6. says:

    ‘Any economy is built by humans and this book is about them' I love this as a catchphase and as a good reminder to all of

  7. says:

    Decent reporting Unfortunately she constrains herself to popular cliches about labor economics though she uestions her orthodoxy a

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    Gigged is a tech journalists tour of the the “gig economy” mostly from a “neutral” standpoint Recently there has been a spat of books that look into the “dark side” that web 20 and social apps have had in our society These include “Weapons of Math Destruction” “Automatic Ineuality” and “Algorithms of Oppression” to name just 3 that have been published since 2016 There’s probably at least a dozen others that are sp

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    Gig economy is about the use of assets in different ways I can give two uick examples of that Think about Uber which allows people to turn their private car into a temporary taxi The common business model for a ta

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    As a factual background I must state that I left a full time job in the first months of 1998 and became a player in the gig economy However I spent a year researching and saving for the move and when I left I had over 10000 in work lined up and 11 days of vacation pay coming to me I was successful in my endeavors until I was persuaded to take another full time job several years later Therefore I have some experience in working an

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