2020 is the Year of Embracing Worker Flexibility

Our parents’—and most certainly, our grandparents’— work environments are a thing of the past. No matter how you view today’s work culture, or how people get things done, everything has changed. People no longer stay with the same company for decades as they had in the past, and companies no longer offer the pension plans that once incentivized them to do so. Gold watches and commemorative ceremonies aren’t an everyday thing like they used to be, and that’s okay

People want flexibility, and they’re getting it. Both skilled and unskilled workers are taking advantage of the gig economy; workers, depending on the job, often have much more control than they used to. People are choosing not just who they work for, but thanks to technology, where and when they work. Today’s workers want freedom; they want the choice to move at will. However, this isn’t a slam on work culture. It’s actually something a lot of businesses can use to their advantage.

Right now, the workforce is being taken over by older Millennials, and Generation Z is slowly trickling in. Both of these generations are well informed by how technology plays a role in their everyday lives. 

The engagement is there 

If you’re a boss and you’ve got a ton of “little things” piling up, it’s probably a good idea to finally catch up. If these smaller things you’ve been putting off are adding up in a big way, but you can’t spare the extra hours of manpower, utilizing temporary workers is a straightforward solution across sectors.

Hotels, for example, are facing a massive labor shortage right now. As a result, they’re trying to be as creative as possible with hiring, but they’re also keeping temporary workers around to supplement their existing workforce. 

If the work is getting done, that only helps the productivity of the company in the long run. Plus, it improves talent retention because FT workers aren’t burning out. (And yes, worker burnout is very real.)

The boom is everywhere 

Hotels, restaurants, and event spaces are all sectors that need people. Really, everywhere needs people. 

The trick—or rather, the more sustainable practice—is to ensure that you’re hiring the right people at the right time. There’s plenty to learn from Chipotle’s most recent mistake, as well as a few options to avoid putting your company in that kind of a position. Instead of hiring and overscheduling children, Chipotle could have leaned on working with on-demand staffing platforms (like Adia) to hire temporary workers to help fill in the gaps. 

One of the biggest hurdles with the booming economy is that most people are working. With this comes the flexibility for freelancers or those looking to make cash on the side because they can’t be tied down working to another full-time job. That’s okay because if you’re throwing a black-tie event and need a few bartenders who can handle the volume, it’s better to call in a ringer looking to make some extra cash for the night. They’ll make money, and the guest experience won’t suffer due to inexperienced staff blundering their way through the night. 

The talent pool to select from is bigger when looking at the on-demand workforce. Some on-demand staffing platforms (like us), have a considerable worker pool, rather than the rigid, old school agencies of the past. Where they cast a big net and hope they can drag in whoever needs a gig, the new digital approach Adia takes is based on location, experience, and availability. It’s a lot smoother. Plus, if you’re the one creating the booking – you’re in control. 

For those quick jobs—but even the longer ones, too—having that flexibility with how the pay and hours are structured can help make your budget go further and clear the right kind of space on the calendar. 

If you liked this blog, check out the rest. There’s a little something for everyone, no matter what industry you’re in.

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