The world is changing before our very eyes at such a rapid pace that it’s no wonder businesses and people worldwide are striving to keep up. This is a two-lane road, too. Unsatisfied employees are turning to the gig economy for better job prospects/payments and businesses are trying to implement hybrid work models to attract new hires.
The good news is that the yin-yang principle applies to all situations, so let’s see how businesses and employees alike can prosper from the present conditions.
Ability to Work Anywhere
First off, the gig economy is looming large. While it may seem troublesome to business owners at first, the truth is that remote work can benefit both parties when done the right way.
For one thing, applying a hybrid work model that includes the remote work option gives businesses access to a large pool of job seekers from literally anywhere in the world.
From workers’ perspective, they get the ability to work anywhere, which is exactly why digital nomadism is on the rise.
Many people choose to relocate to a country with lower taxes and costs of living. Nowadays, you’ll be able to find expats in Costa Rica, the EU, Asian countries… The list is long indeed!
That being said, business owners should make sure to offer flexible work conditions and contract types to attract experienced expats.
For starters, consider hybrid work models. There are more options in this regard, as follows:
- Partially remote work, with flexible office space – no permanent offices; rented flex space used for periodic collaboration (but not connectivity)
- Almost entirely on premises – limited remote work, large office space the majority of managers and workers
- Partially remote work, multiple hubs – multiple offices with the workforce dispersed among them
- Partially remote work, large office space – the majority of managers and workers spend most, but not all, of their time at the office
- Almost entirely off premises – mostly remote work with no office space
- Multiple microhubs – management and employees are dispersed across small microhubs located in different cities (or countries, depending on the scope of your business operations)
Opportunity for Multiple Types of Work
Next on, the digital age we live in offers a slew of possibilities for enterprising individuals. If you’re sick of working for other people or simply want to make a change in your life, you can start an online business.
In this regard, there are literally no limits. Anything that markets will do and if it isn’t marketable, make it appealing.
Thus, some people rely on dropshipping, which really doesn’t require any particular skills other than patience. Others use affiliate programs to earn money while enjoying the process of writing whatever they enjoy writing.
Experienced professionals may easily go independent making a living off tailored online courses they market to target audiences.
IT experts, SEO experts, writers, translators, and customer support workers have already started to shift their focus to remote work, because who in their right mind would waste hours on traffic every day and eat when someone else tells them they should?
With more and more people embracing the trend, new opportunities are likely to increase.
Can EVEN Become Leaders
Many companies are even incorporating eLearning options to help some of their most promising freelancers become leaders within the company.
Leadership development programs are crucial in the long run, as they may help businesses keep their workers rather than have them look for the next gig.
A solid leadership development plan draws on a team-first culture and focuses on enhancing employees’ potential.
Outline the goals and objectives and ensure that everyone is following through with the plan. In time, everyone will get where they should be, so just be patient.
May Opt to Pick up Gigs for Holidays
The independence that the gig economy offers means that you can take up a “side hustle” for extra holiday cash. Many companies hire extra team members for holiday marketing, additional customer service and more.
This means that whenever you’re short on money, you can look up nearby opportunities to help you out.
The world has truly changed for the better in this sense, at least!
The gig economy is here to stay, so why not make use of it?
Actually, why not grab the opportunity and move your career towards the exact goal?
It would seem that everyone can find a way to make a better living — from gigs to online courses to dropshipping to holiday marketing… literally anything goes!
Consider the possibilities and do your research. There certainly is an option for you, so don’t fall for the first one that seems appealing!
For businesses, offering remote work means that the number of candidates will increase dramatically. The world has never been smaller indeed!