How do you lead an on-demand workforce? Get an overview of the management and HR issues facing employers of nontraditional employees like contractors, freelancers, and elancers.
- Whether you work for a Fortune 500 firm or for a small business, you have to address people-related business issues. These include finding, hiring, and leading top talent. In the emerging world of work, however, at least some of that talent may not reside within your organization. What does it mean to lead when workers are not employees? In the on-demand economy, sometimes known as the gig economy, think now. Think about the need to find and hire people with the exact skills you need when you need them.
Think free agents, contractors, and e-lancers. My name is Wayne Cascio. I'm a professor in the Business School at the University of Colorado-Denver. I've been writing, consulting, and teaching about managing people for decades. This course is designed for general managers who will have to manage people along with other resources. What's different is that we'll be talking about managing people who are not traditional employees. The course is an overview, not a formula or a step-by-step approach.
I'll share key concepts that will get you started on your way to managing non-traditional employees effectively. With all of this in mind, let's dive in and take part in the new on-demand economy.
Wayne first outlines the characteristics of freelancers, contractors, and elancers, and what they look for in an employer. He then reviews the management challenges involved in leading an on-demand team, and the implications for HR professionals responsible for developing a global supply chain of talent. He also considers critical legal issues: how to protect proprietary information, how to avoid violations of compensation and benefits laws, and how to distinguish nonemployees from employees of an organization. By the end of this course, you'll have a better understanding of the issues facing employers and employees in the on-demand economy.
- Who are on-demand workers?
- Developing a management strategy
- Incentivizing on-demand workers
- Hiring and developing
- Managing risk with outside workers
- Understanding the legal issues