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Should you replace employees with free agents?

Should you replace employees with free agents?

 

One of the big lessons from my book Lead the Work: Navigating a world beyond employment is that there are many, many times when it is much better to assign work to people who are not your own employees. Those people are sometimes the employees of other organizations (such as in outsourcers, alliances, or consulting firms) and sometimes are free agents (i.e. independent workers). ‘Non-employees’ often do work better, faster and cheaper than employees.

Company uses technology to change employee behaviour

Contributed to The Globe and Mail, Published Friday, May 23, 2014 5:00AM EDT, Last updated Friday, Jun. 06, 2014 8:19AM EDT


THE CHALLENGE

More than 95 per cent of the world’s biggest companies report on corporate social responsibility (CSR), but employee engagement in such programs typically hovers at a lowly 14 per cent.

Growing Talent From Within

Ever since the great recession, employers have become rather spoiled when it comes to acquiring the talent they need. Organizations just aren’t training and developing employees the way they used to and, in many cases, they simply look to the external market for their talent needs.