Tag: Freelancing

Worker engagement: not the 9-5 office employee

Harvard Business Review has charted research data from the ADP Research Institute on employee engagement around the world. It’s quite comprehensive and throws up a couple of interesting data points for fans (or sceptics) of non-traditional working models.

The overall finding is that around the world only 16% of workers are “fully engaged”, which seems surprisingly low.

However, those who work remotely are more engaged than their office-bound colleagues.

And, gig workers (i.e. sovereign professionals) on full-time projects are more engaged than traditional “permanent employees”.

The full analysis (with country and sector analyses) is on HBR.org, here.

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Charles Handy – sage of sovereign professionals

The Sunday Times has a profile and short interview with social philosopher Charles Handy. At 87, he has a new book out.

Handy foresaw and defined the concept of a portfolio career. His Shamrock Organisation predicted the world of outsourcing, the gig economy and B2B freelancing in the manner of the sovereign professional.

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Creatives lead the way in freelance growth

Creative services show the biggest growth in two reports on the freelance and independent sector in the US and UK.

In the UK, Simply Business reports a 31% year-on-year growth in the number of freelancers. They note that:

the real growth in this space is being driven by a wave of emerging lifestyle and creative businesses. This suggests that more people are attempting to turn their hobbies and passions into businesses.

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Getting laid off. Starting again. @HarvardBiz

Losing your job can be hard. For some, though, it’s the spur they need to start out on their own.

Here’s some interesting research from Harvard Business Review (Eliana Crosina of Babson College and Michael G. Pratt of the Carroll School of Management, Boston College). The researchers find that such job-seekers fall into two categories: Recreators and Repurposers:

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Leave your shelter with Nicholas Bate

Nicholas Bate is always worth a visit. His posts are pithy, grounding and insightful.

Here’s a selection from his recent Basics 7 series:

Get out of your Head, Saturday

1. Cook: chop, slice, kneed

2. Clear: garage, study, garden

6. Sit outside: fresh coffee, a view, un-focused thoughts.

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Modern Stoicism, stress and freelancing – @StoicWeek

The Modern Stoicism site has just posted an expanded version of Freelancing, Stoicism and Stress. I am both grateful and humbled.

Hopefully, fellow independent professionals will find it informative and perhaps useful, too.

Many thanks to Modern Stoicism’s editor Greg Sadler for his support.

The Modern Stoicism article is here.

The shorter original, elsewhere on this site, is here.

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