Since I’ve moved to Bend, one of the first questions people ask me is “You moved to Bend? How? Did you find a job there?”.
People need to get out of the old-school mindset of, “You need to live where the job is”. At least, in the field of IT work.
Have you heard of the term “Gig Economy”? It’s for real. We now live in a Gig Economy”. And, it’s only going to get more giggish as companies seek more efficiencies in the way they conduct business.
What is the Gig Economy?
It’s people like me, working a gig and getting paid “by the hour”, or it could be “by the gig”. I prefer getting paid for every hour I work.
And, its companies bringing people onboard on an “as needed” basis to work a gig, otherwise known as a “project”.
In the case of IT work, the day of the full-time salaried employee is going to be less common. Sure, some employees are better suited to be full-time. Usually those people in management, high level system architects, and generally those people involved in key, make-or-break business decisions.
Full-time salaried employees are expensive and inefficient. This is nothing new. This has been going on for several years now, when companies started doing away with the traditional retirement pension. Companies are continuing to look for less expensive ways to do business. The traditional healthcare benefits are being chipped away at. Employees often have to pitch in to pay for their healthcare, co-pays are becoming larger, as well as the deductibles.
The sooner people get onboard with this new employment relationship, the sooner you’ll be able to take control of your financial situation and do some things that your parents and / or grandparents would never have thought of doing.
Like, move to central Oregon!
Personally, I don’t mind seeing the old-school employment relationship going away. The Gig Economy works great for me. I love variety and flexibility in my life. I’ve never relied on anybody or anything, for anything. I will find a way on my own, thank you. Just pay me for my services, and all is good. If you require me to be in your office, warming your company office chair, in by 8 and not out before 6, you will have to pay me more. You will pay me for every hour that I work. Working for free during weekends and nights is not an option. Just as long as we’re both in agreement, all should be fine.
From the company’s perspective, the Gig Economy makes perfect sense.
During my time as a full-time employee at the last company I worked at, projects would straggle in every couple of months. The typical work timeline would be … expensive full-time employees try to stay busy while waiting for a project to be approved ( in other words, not being bored out of their minds ). Project is approved and employees start working on it. In most cases, the project schedule would be “accelerated” so that a project that contains about 6 months of work would be given only 2 months of actual time to work on it. The employees scramble to complete the project, working weekends and evenings ( for free ). The project goes out the door and the employees attempt to stay busy while waiting for the next project.
Can you say “Inefficient!”?
The Gig Economy is great for companies because they don’t have to pay for people to “wait”. Managers don’t have to wander the halls, searching for something to keep their people busy. The really progressive companies will allow people to work, when and where, they are most productive, provided that the rest of the team is not unduly impacted.
I could go on and on, but I think I’ve gotten the point across.
Until next time, adios amigos!