We are back at it again. So insightful was the first collaborative podcast, that we have collaborated again with Ben Robinson and the guys at Aperture for the latest instalment in their ‘Future of Work’ series. This time around, they sat down with – Laetitia Vitaud – renowned author and researcher on the topic — to talk about her new book ‘Du Labeur à l’Ouvrage’ and explore the role of platforms, individuals, policymakers and start-ups in enabling a future of work that works for everyone.
The main ideas discussed were:
- For some, traditional employment often leads to a sense of alienation and a lack of self-fulfilment. Self-employment is increasingly the answer as it can provide a sense of being flexible and empowerment
- Traditionally, a job demanded trade-offs that were universally accepted: flexibility vs monotony, autonomy vs low pay. Self-employment can eliminate this trade-off.
- Self-employment can be a difficult journey to begin, with many how to put a price on their skills and their time.
- There is large a generational shift towards this way of working which has seen the unbundling of the ingredients of traditional employment.
- This unbundling has also been a result of changes in society and is becoming multidirectional with some workers now able to demonstrate their individual worth, whilst those with skills in less demand are left with precariousness.
- Despite this, some still prefer the flexibility of platform work because they can juggle the constraints of life – like having a family.
- This is why there’s increasingly a role the platforms can play.
- However if you impose upon those platforms specific responsibilities towards the workers, then you presume that the platform is an employer, and if you do that, you create a type of subordination.
- Self-employed workers can create change also by the reframing the way this way of working is viewed.
- There’s an opportunity for these workers to make jobs more valuable by adding an element of craftsmanship and originality to what they do.
- Unfortunately, however, self-employed workers can’t change the status quo alone, and will need institutional support to create a safety net.
- Ultimately, employee and employer alike is finding it difficult to know just how to value these arrangements and the organisations that get it are the ones that will benefit in the future.
- Research show that small companies generally to do it well, because they work regularly with freelancers who they know are very valuable and don’t find it taboo to speak of onboarding a freelancer.