What if benefits like health and retirement weren’t tied to your employer? What if business leaders at a major companies could opt to work only 20 or 30 hours a week? And what does the gig economy mean for the future of work?
Jody Miller, co-founder and CEO of Business Talent Group, believes profound changes are underfoot in the workplace. She spoke to author Rick Wartzman, whose most recent book examines the eroding relationship between American companies and their workers, in Capital & Main’s August 10 Bottom Line Podcast.
Highlights from the conversation include:
- People are increasingly interested in realigning the balance of time they devote to work and to other things in their lives.
- Many at the high end are also interested in being able to choose exactly which projects they work on.
- Redesigning work with roles that don’t require a commitment of 60 to 70 hours a week “expands your labor market” by giving fantastic people an alternative path to leadership
- A big key is designing jobs differently, so that you split up what needs to be accomplished among several senior people.
- The number of gig workers is growing like never before, and it’s time for the government to take notice with reforms like portable benefits that can power this valuable market
Leah Hoffmann is BTG's Marketing & Content Strategist. A former journalist, Leah worked for Forbes.com and The Economist before joining BTG. She is passionate about clear thinking, sharp writing, and strong points of view.