Dynamic Portfolio Work

by Katie Ledger on July 22, 2008 · 0 comments

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Bruce Lynn of Microsoft has some interesting comments on Portfolio Working. He predicts: 

within a generation, the majority of white-collar/professional/knowledge-workers will work for more than one company at the same time.’

Bruce goes on to say:  

“businesses will adopt increasingly flexible resourcing including shared jobs (a company hiring more than one person for the same job and the same time).Businesses have been increasingly flexible in their contracting with ‘employees’ using greater outsourcing, contracting, consulting and flexible job structures. And, employees are starting to and will demand reciprocal flexibility in their work lives and careers.

The premise extends from the observation cited in the stirring ‘Did You Know – Shift Happpens’ presentation which noted, “The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that today’s learner will have 10 to 14 jobs…by the age of 38.” Clearly, the notion of lifelong employment is withering, replaced by a new dynamism in the workplace. Yes, full of transitions, risks and uncertainties, but also full of opportunities for a new generation.

One of the biggest hurdles to widespread adoption of flexible employment are the risks and skills involved with finding the range of jobs in the portfolio. But the Internet provides a uniquely powerful resource for people finding people. For matching buyers with sellers. And this efficient digital marketplace will provide a imagecritical foundation to this increased flexibility.

While widespread working with this level of flexibility may be a generation away, Katie’s blog provides a superb guide to what people can and are doing today.

Thanks Bruce !

also see www.silversoftime.com

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