In recent years, the world of work has changed a lot. Like a lot, a lot.
Business leaders are looking for on-demand capability, exceptional talent that is there when they need it. They are thinking beyond the traditional employment model and expensive agency solutions, and are creating extensions of their teams, finding bench strength in trusted gig talent.
At the same time, super talented professionals are choosing portfolio careers, shaping their work around their lives. Side hustles are commonplace. People are prioritising meaning and flexibility over commitment and reliability.
We’ve seen amazing talent jumping ship from corporate life to a gig life.
We have worked on both sides of the fence: as in-house leaders and as gig talent. When a chat over coffee turned to our observations of the emerging work models and a reflection on our lived experience, we started to re-think the professional gig economy.
Our curiosity sparked, we interviewed dozens of independent and freelance consultants, contractors, and founders of niche consulting practices to better understand their experience and needs. We tapped into our broad network of business leaders to gain their perspective; seeking to learn about their pains and gains of finding high quality, trusted talent on-demand.
We found that people on both sides of the market wanted less competition and more collaboration. Business leaders wanted an easier way to access trusted on-demand talent: “a dating site meets job board” was heard more than once. They wanted increased access to thought leadership and outside-in perspectives on problems they were facing. They wanted support scoping their gigs and help pulling together teams and panels of impressive talent. On the other side, talent wanted to be part of a community of peers with whom they could learn and connect.
Werkling is on a bold mission to make the professional gig economy a little more human. To learn more about what we do, check out The Werks.
Michelle and Fi
Michelle has extensive experience in people and organisation development roles, both in-house and as a senior consultant. She has worked across industries including automotive, FMCG, banking, NPF, utilities and government. She has a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing) and a Graduate Certificate of HRM.
Michelle is energised by connecting business leaders with Werkling’s amazing on-demand talent, and bringing together bespoke teams to solve big and complex business problems. She wants Werkling to be a place of inclusion, trust and exceptional know-how.
Fiona is a business psychologist with deep experience in organisational development. Formerly Head of Culture, Inclusion and Innovation at Australia Post, Fi led Enterprise culture and engagement strategies and co-founded an incubator program for internal talent. She studied corporate innovation at Stanford Graduate School of Business, and has a Masters in Organisational Psychology from Monash University.
Fi is passionate about connecting great people and influencing a more collaborative way forward for the professional gig economy.