Initially it was the more permanent employees that received social recognition. Having a stable job that you were going to keep throughout your career showed you had what it takes to survive.
Secondly there was the career path. Lawyers, doctors and the like received way more social recognition than say the plumber or electrician.
Now with the gig economy freelance workers are starting to receive their fair share of recognition.
The driving force behind worker status
It was not uncommon in the earlier days for someone to spend their entire career life working for a single employer as they slowly rise up the ranks over the years.
Then with the young jobseekers coming in at an influx, there was competition for less available job opportunities. And it only got worse. Employees had to shift to short term contacts to make ends meet. Soon they realized that this could actually be the only way to earn a decent living and maintain a healthy work life balance.
With the gig economy the flexibility of workers means that people can to be selective on who and what they want to work on. This is not a luxury that permanent employees get to enjoy and this is what has driven up the social recognition for freelancers.
Smart businesses have also realized that in order to remain competitive, they will also need to embrace the concept of the gig economy. Freelancing may have initially been a risky venture but now, its benefits are apparent to everyone.
Freelancers are highly skilled individuals
There has always been this misconception that people working in permanent jobs are highly skilled and that if you are not in a permanent job however, then you lack some essential and highly important skills.
Things couldn’t be further from the truth. Freelancers often come with a myriad of skills and what’s even better is that they can apply these skills in a number of different areas in the company. And as if that is not enough, they are plug and play individuals which means that less time is wasted in training.
How to boost people’s attitude of temporary workers even more
It’s clear that people’s attitude of temporary workers is changing but there is still something that can be done to improve people’s attitude.
For one, companies can give some temporary jobs to their permanent workers. This provides them with a feel of what freelance work is like and allows them to judge for themselves if the gig economy is actually a better concept than the more traditional job roles.
Secondly, it’s important for both parties to be clear with one another. Employees need to state what exactly they require and the skill sets that are seeking for the task. On the other end of the spectrum, temporary workers need to show exactly which skills they have and what they can offer.
Both parties will then agree on the payment terms as well as the time allowed to complete the task. This creates an official vibe to the job and shows that there is still an employee, employer relationship here.