How Embracing The Gig Economy Can Create A Happy Work Environment For Your Employees

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Recently Beyond conducted a survey to understand the booming gig economy. And the gig economy is such a hot topic at the moment that Beyond’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, Joe Weinlick was asked to talk to CBS about it. Here’s the conversation.

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SHRM 2016: Recap

So we just got back from the SHRM Annual Conference in Washington, DC and we just want to say, “Thank you!” to everyone that stopped by the Beyond booth. We had a great time in our nation’s capital and can’t wait to see everyone next year in New Orleans.

Until then, let’s recap! Here were the highlights of the show for us.

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SHRM DC 2016

Typically right before the SHRM Annual Conference we put out a blog post about what you should do while you’re at the conference and what attractions you can’t miss out on in the host city, but as we were putting one together for SHRM 2016 in Washington, DC we realized that we’ve been attending the SHRM Annual Conference for the past ten years! Yeah, that’s a lot.

So we started reminiscing about all the swag we’ve given out over the years, the most expensive giveaway, the cities we’ve visited, and the number of HR Pros we’ve had the pleasure of meeting over the years.

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Hello, Is It Me You’re Looking For?

Text2Hire_600x420How many times did you check your phone this morning before you ever sat down at a computer? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is at least once (but probably more). According to a recent Deloitte study, 78% of mobile users check our phones within one hour of waking up, with most saying they look at their phones within five minutes. And what are we most likely to check first? Our text messages.

Even more so than email or social media, text messaging is a form of communication that’s not likely to be missed. So, it’s no surprise that text recruitment is becoming a thing.

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Entitlement Knows No Age

EntitlementKnowsNoAge_600x420Employee perks are getting pretty sweet at some companies – but that doesn’t mean their employees appreciate it.

Recently a friend was venting to me about his coworker, who had spent the better part of the day complaining about missing her morning Zumba class for a company-wide meeting. By the way, this Zumba class is held – wait for it… in the company’s free, on-site gym.

Now, let’s play a little game.

It’s against all kinds of HR policies to ask this, but we’ll keep it between us. How old is the person you were just picturing as I described her behavior?

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You'll Be Shocked To Hear What Freelance Workers Are Demanding

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recently conducted a survey of more than 5,000 job seekers, which revealed that many are hesitant to pursue the growing number of independent contractor opportunities with on-demand companies, such as driving for Uber or performing jobs through TaskRabbit. The survey found that 68% of respondents indicated that they would not work for an on-demand company or would maybe consider it depending upon their financial situation at the time. The gig economy in the U.S. has grown rapidly in recent years, creating more independent contractor opportunities for workers. However, the survey results showed that the lack of legal rights and benefits for on-demand contractors are deterrents for job seekers. 

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