Be prepared....


The gig economy is fascinating: I often take Lyft and Uber and love talking with the drivers about this subject.  Here are some of the things they tell me: some drive because they are between jobs; others drive part-time to make a little extra money; and there’s a growing number who see this as a good way to work by and for themselves. Those in this last group, mostly millennials, are professionals who treat it like a real job where, most importantly, they control their work schedules. This may be changing an important equation: working when people want, not when others schedule them.  If that happens, a fundamental part of work also may be affected: think how attendance policies and absenteeism would be turned upside down if people regularly bid on open shifts themselves rather than having assigned schedules posted by management. This is a potential game changer and it would behoove company leaders and professional managers to begin thinking about a transformation of this magnitude. Because, as always, preparation is the key to success today.

Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922): Scottish-born scientist, engineer, and innovator credited with inventing the first practical telephone, and founding AT&T