The United States is obsessed with the concept of jobs. Every month, we eagerly await the Labor Department’s jobs report, while the first question upon meeting a new acquaintance is often “what do you do?” But this concept of focusing on jobs is flawed in our new economic reality – we must instead focus on work.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics does not have an official number of exactly how many contract-based workers there are, but over the past 20 years, the number of workers who operate as independent contractors, often through apps, has increased by about 27 percent more than payroll employees, according to CNBC. Simply put, thinking about jobs alone – and training people for that reality – is a red herring.
This is beyond the “gig economy” moniker. We have entered the experience economy – a state of the labor market that values skills and know-how and presents a new model for working that brings together capable individuals with the companies that have work to do.
So why now? And how is this different than the gig economy? It starts with understanding how people are being trained today – and the fact that there is a skilled labor pool that is vastly underutilized.On-Demand Workforce