New Report To Update Decade-Old Data On The Nation’s Gig Economy Workforce – Lexology

New gig economy data coming from the BLS on June 7

How much has the gig economy changed in the last 13 years? We’re (finally) about to find out. According to Tyrone Richardson at Bloomberg Law, the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) is scheduled to release a report on “contingent and alternative employment arrangements” on June 7, 2018. To put in context how much things have changed since the last time the BLS released such a report—February 2005—that was the same year Destiny’s Child split up and two years before the first

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Will the future of work be a utopia or a dystopia?

The future is literally in our hands. We have a choice regarding work and the rewards it provides.

Looking ahead, West sees the American economic and political systems at a crossroads: one path leads to a utopia with a more inclusive society, more leisure time, and culture; the other leads to a dystopia with high unemployment, inequality, and no guaranteed social benefits. Avoiding dystopia will require reimagining work to include non-employment alternatives such as caregiving and volunteering, and rethinking education as a lifelong endeavor. Lastly, the U.S. will need a new social contract that separate

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ADP’s Wisely To Speed Up Gig Economy Payments | PYMNTS.com

When and how workers are paid has become a work negotiating point instead of the company’s sole decision.

As noted in a recent report commissioned by ADP, roughly half of Generation Z (47 percent) and about a third of millennials (at 31 percent) would turn down a job if unable to choose how money ends up in their pockets. The same study found that 47 percent of millennials and 66 percent of those belonging to the Generation Z cohort have used preloaded payment cards within the past 12 months.

Source: ADP’s Wisely To Speed Up Gig Economy Payments | PYMNTS.com

A Platform Strategy Won’t Work Unless You’re Good at Machine Learning

The augmented business: Nuance, expertise without hubris, emotionally and sustainably productive customer experience are the products of machine-learning strategies. Give your people the edge by putting a world of knowledge behind their personal judgment. From Harvard Business Review:

Capability with machine learning is what distinguishes a good platform from a bad one. Platform companies exist on a continuum of curation. On one end are “wild west” companies that merely aggregate everything served up by the network, or using simple rules like up-voting to elevate content. These systems put a great deal of responsibility on their users to identify the content that they want. Unfortunately, they are too basic to deal with varied users and use cases, and they are also easily manipulated.

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TODAYonline | The Future of Work: Keeping beers cold, bananas ‘just right’, from the warehouse to the doorstep

Singapore grocer revamps processes to augment people. These are the steps every business needs to think about, whether they sell 100,000 products or one service: How to personalize and perfect customer experience.

At online grocer RedMart, it is a complex operation comprising an automated tool that helps staff members decide where items should be placed in its mammoth warehouse in Jurong, which holds more than 100,000 products.

Source: TODAYonline | The Future of Work: Keeping beers cold, bananas ‘just right’, from the warehouse to the doorstep

5 Tips for Keeping Remote Employees Engaged and Effective | CIO

Platform-based apps as work glue. The new new thing that’s coming.

…when teammates are spread across locations and time zones, work management apps that provide real-time insight into project status — and potential dependencies and blockers — can keep everyone on the same page. Remote workers can also use the platform’s mobile app to track and update the status of projects in real time.

Source: 5 Tips for Keeping Remote Employees Engaged and Effective | CIO

Artificial Intelligence is Nothing Without Human Ingenuity. Here’s Why. | CIO

At GEG, we learned early — during our first white-label launch — that salespeople are the key to gathering emotional feedback. Telling them what to do based solely on an algorithm creates resistance to digital tools, even when they can add value.

According to a recent Spiceworks survey of more than 500 IT professionals, nearly a quarter of large companies have already implemented digital assistants and another 40% expect to follow suit by 2019. For small and medium businesses, that number is closer to 25%.

Source: Artificial Intelligence is Nothing Without Human Ingenuity. Here’s Why. | CIO

Now hiring for one day: The gig economy hits retail

Onboarding, training, and alignment with business brand and goals will be an ongoing challenge for companies embracing gig work. Here’s a guy “parachuting” into 50 to 60 hours of work in retail and restaurants a week — he needs a safety net and a tool for managing his current work persona.

“It’s definitely stressful to show up and have your first day almost every time,” Stallings, 25, said, “but at least I don’t feel miserable and stuck on the job.”

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Revisions to Mitch Ratcliffe’s Local On-Demand blog

Now that Gig Economy Group has launched the first white-label app on our platform, I’ll be shifting to posting here to very short news comments with important or useful articles. Check out the GEG Blog, where we will be addressing sales automation, content-based sales process and training, and the evolution of sales in a gig world.

I have been remiss in posting because of the launch. Now, I will be providing pointers rather than commentary. I hope you find this useful.

If you have questions about the local on-demand economy, please email me.

Smart & Final Instacart Partnership Takes Smart Steps

Smart & Final, a Western U.S. grocery chain, has launched an app built on Instacart APIs. Adding services such as chat to be in contact a personal shopper while they are in-store assembling an order makes this an innovative and forward-looking tool that addresses several of the local grocery marketing issues I’ve identified in the recent food delivery series.

Interaction while purchase decisions are in play is a smart move, though there are many more steps to take. With this capability, a personal shopper could suggest an item that is on sale instead of a brand defined by the customer. But this will work gracefully only if the customer gets a say in the decision. 

Chat provides an interface for that conversation, as well as for feedback and preference capture that can be used to further personalize the customer’s food delivery. 

The companies have collaborated since 2015. Progress takes time, and Smart & Final’s Instacart strategy is evolving in the right direction.