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Gigged : the end of the job and the future of work

Author: Sarah Kessler
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"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 has 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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Kessler
ISBN: 9781250097897 1250097894
OCLC Number: 1001322782
Description: xiii, 289 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I: The end of the job. A very old new idea ; No shifts. No boss. No limits. ; The best of bad options ; Uber for X --
Part II: Sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. Like an ATM in your pocket ; Uber freedom --
Part III: Fine print. A competing story ; Don't call us ; The good jobs strategy --
Part IV: Backlash. The medium is the movement ; Uber for politics --
Part V: The future of work. Pivot ; A very serious issue.
Responsibility: Sarah Kessler.

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"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 has 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 to Main Street? What challenges do employees and job-seekers face at every level of professional experience? In 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 New York computer programmer who chooses exactly which hours he works each week, to the Kansas City Uber driver who starts a union, to the Arkansas 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-time. Kessler wades through the hype and hyperbole to tackle the big questions: What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well as their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?"--Jacket.

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