Have you heard phrases like “non-employment work arrangements,” “freelance talent platforms” and “labor market intermediaries”? They reflect an emerging trend in which work and workers exist “beyond employment.”
Many leaders have hardly noticed the rising frequency with which these terms crop up in discussions about the future of work. To CFOs and other leaders, “non-employment work arrangement” may sound like something to be delegated to specialists in procurement or personnel. Or they might ask, are these new arrangements just simple extensions of cost-reduction techniques we’ve seen for years, such as outsourcing, temporary contract workers and consultants?