The future of work is a place that thrives on flexibility, both from the company and professional point-of-view.
As a result, a new survey from McKinsey shows that independent workers are quickly becoming a significant portion of the workforce. In fact, the American Opportunity Survey (AOS) showed that 36% of respondents consider themselves independent workers.
Independent workers and the gig economy have skyrocketed in relevancy over the last few years. Jobs such as delivery drivers, tutoring, writing, acting and more have given professionals an easy way to pick up work and make money on their own time.
The survey showed that these workers are also more optimistic about their future, with one-third saying they expect to have more economic opportunities in the next year.
This confidence is surprising considering the obstacles independent workers face, including:
- Lack of healthcare insurance
- Lack of workplace benefits
- Unpredictable work hours and pay
- Unstable employment
However, the AOS survey suggests that the autonomy and flexibility independent working offers is enough to motivate these professionals.
Still, the impact that freelancers and gig workers are having on the global workforce must be addressed and supported. Despite not being considered full-time employees, these workers are often working long hours for jobs necessary in today’s society.
As such, they require the appropriate benefits and perks given to regularly scheduled workers. Some organizations have launched their own independent worker-based benefits programs, but it is the companies that utilize gig services that hold the bulk of responsibility in lifting up these workers.