Not one study suggests that working in an office eight hours a day, five days a week maximizes employee productivity, satisfaction, or performance. In fact, any data that exists on working life in an office reveals that most employees aren’t engaged, waste a lot of time in the office not working, and that underperformance is a persistent problem.
The most impactful lesson that companies can learn from the Gig Economy is to judge workers based on their work — their results, and their output — not on when and where they do that work.
The Gig Economy transforms the way we work by disconnecting work from an office. Independent consultants, contractors, and freelancers are judged by their results and output – no matter how, where, or when they are produced – not on the time they spend in their office chair, or whether they work from 9 to 5 every day. Study after study after study of remote workers have consistently demonstrated that they are happier and more productive than their office-bound colleagues. Recent surveys of 8,000 workers by McKinsey’s Global Institute and nearly 900 independent workers by Future Workplace and Field Nation find that those workers, freed from the constraints […]