Declare Your Independence Where It Matters (read it on Huffington Post)
Why Read It? "It's time for you to declare your independence. To stand up for yourself. To take responsibility for creating what you really want from work."
- If you want to have greater independence in your work, make it your job to translate your skills, talents and abilities so that you become crystal clear about the problems that you solve: "you need to be the authority about why you're valuable, rather than leaving that responsibility to your employer."
- To land gigs that fit you, you need to know what you want and be able to speak up for it. Declaring your independence at work is about realizing that you have more power than you think.
- To gain independence in your work, you absolutely need to think like an entrepreneur and you simply can't enjoy independence in your work while being complacent.
"We say we want more time off, but most of us don't use all of our vacation time...A 2014 Oxford Economics Assessment of Paid Time Off in the U.S. showed 42% of employees with paid time off finished the year with unused days, leaving an average of 8.1 days unused."
The Rise of the Independent Workplace (read it on NYTimes.com)
Why Read It? Because hiring full-time employees remains expensive and risky for many companies. Add the fact that technology makes working off-site easier than ever, and contingent workers are a force that's here to stay.
- Given the way things are going, the future world of work will be one of increasing ambiguity, and your ability to adapt will set you apart and let you flourish.
- Contingent workers effectively manage their time and meet deadlines. They can sustain relationships in which they never meet colleagues and clients in person. They can work on a variety of unrelated projects without confusion or burnout, and are bullish about selling themselves, promoting their successful projects and getting access to the people, resources and training they need.
"In the last month, I've worked for five employers, bid on three projects, been a member of two virtual teams and participated in a conference call in the middle of the night. I am 36 years old and a 21st-century employee."
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