A Look Inside the Gig Economy

This month at RISE we’ve had our sights set on understanding the Gig Economy. All our programming has focused on giving members a better look into this ever-growing business trend. We really appreciate the expertise shared by our members in each of our sessions, and the ability to have in-depth conversations about important topics like this. This month we’re recommending Sarah Kessler’s “Gigged: The End of the Job and the Future of Work” for an even deeper look into the Gig Economy.

Kessler sites that “one in three American workers is now a freelancer,” which drastically changes the way our work lives function. Through her book, Kessler gives us all an inside look into the Gig Economy with personal accounts from people she’s met across the country. Not only do you get to see nuanced and personal impacts of the Gig Economy on real people’s lives, but Kessler also provides a critical analysis of what this changing economy means for the future of jobs in America.

The book jacket leaves us with provocative questions to consider in reading Kessler’s account:

“What does the future of work look like? Will the millennial generation do as well as their parents? How can we all find meaningful, well-paid work?”

Check out the book HERE. We’d love to hear your biggest takeaways and what conversations you can have with your network about the Gig Economy.

Benefits of the Gig Economy: Feeling “that my whole person is represented”

Benefits of the Gig Economy: Feeling “that my whole person is represented”

Maurya Cockrell works full time at Centene Corporation and, as her side hustle, she founded YKNOT Consulting, LLC in 2015 to provide career management and diversity programming through a millennial lens. Maurya first learned about the effects of generational issues while pursuing her Master’s in HR from Webster University and since then, it has been her passion to address them. In deciding to pursue YKNOT Consulting in addition to full-time work, Maurya says the decision came down to what makes her feel the most whole. Over the course of her career, she has come to realize that it’s ok for your 9 to 5 job to not give you every single thing you want in your work. We’re complex people, and it might be too much to assume that one position can fulfill everything we want. And that’s where the Gig Economy comes in.

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What's Happening at RISE in June?

What's Happening at RISE in June?

RISE Members are so impressive and are often on the cutting edge of new trends in their fields. And being in the RISE community allows us all to stay up-to-date on emerging topics like the Gig Economy, which we’ve been hearing so much about over the last few years. We’re so glad to be in a coworking space where we get direct insight into all the newest directions in business and employment. The Gig Economy is on the rise, and it doesn’t look like it’ll slow down any time soon.

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