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Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

Key insights from Sarah Kessler's

Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work


Key insights from Sarah Kessler's

Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work

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Explore the personal stories behind the rise of the gig economy and the demise of the nine-to-five job as we know it.

<p>Make your own hours. Avoid office politics. Take a day off anytime. These are just a few of the promises made by the new gig economy, which is represented by startups who claim they’ll end the drudgery of traditional employment. But what about benefits, job security, and employer protections? Labor reporter Sarah Kessler digs into the personal stories that make up this part of the American workforce, exposing the tensions of the gig economy and exploring solutions for its shortcomings.</p>

Read this Snapshot if you:

  • Are contemplating ditching your full-time job to work for yourself
  • Have an interest in the future of the American working and middle classes
  • Want to learn more about the impending job revolution
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Introduction

Millennials are the first generation to face the obsolescence of the American job as we know it. Their parents were teachers, postal workers, reporters, or cops with tenure, pensions, and vacations. But in the gig economy, the children of the baby boomers and beyond are temps, contract workers, freelancers, and part-timers, plucking jobs off a vast and varied shelf as if they’re shopping at Target.

What is the future of work? How do workers with job insecurity protect themselves? Does a gig economy provide clear solutions to changes in the job market, or does it compound its...

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