Micro-Worker, Task-Worker – the future of workers and what’s it mean for HR?
It used to be freelancing, or contingent workers, but now is is truly down to the task. A number of versions of this are out on the internet and follow a couple of models:
1. Individual Task assignment. A new business called Task Bunny does this – this is a “eBay”- like market where you describe what you need done (e.g. pick up my dry cleaning, assemble my Ikea furniture) and people bid on the task. They then complete the task and get paid. The bunnies get certified and then get rankings based on the feedback scores.
2. Crowd Sourcing to solve a task. This is where you put a task out there, and let everyone try to complete the task – and the winner gets some prize money. Kaggle is a community of data scientists that do this and compete for real money. The prizes range from $3,000 to $25,000 – but recently a health care network offered 3 million for someone who could predict future hospital visits.
What does this mean for HR?
Simply put, it means who does the work, can quickly become unpredictable. It could be an employee, a contractor, or some random person who won the prize. Think about how much of HR is focused on attracting, maintaining, and growing direct employees – and this could be a thing of the past? Or at least a much smaller facet in the future!
Is this what we really wish for? I can see numerous issues if we ever get there (which will most probably happen, let’s not kid ourselves).
See on gilberthr.blogspot.com