Author(s): Marci Alboher
From banker/chef to surgeon/playwright to mother/CEO, this is the new job description. This may well be the answer to job insecurity and work-life conflict plus burnout and boredom. The job for life has lost its place as a symbol of economic security and now workers realise that it’s up to them to cultivate other income, marketable talents and ways to feel fulfilled. The result is ‘The Slash Effect’, an evolving workforce in which people are defined through multiple identities rather than just one job title. Consider the following: nearly one-third of the US workforce does work that need not be done in a specific location with the advent of computer networks, the Internet and video conferencing, people can handle multiple assignments from different employers about one-quarter of American workers are self-employed. That means about 30 million people are free to pursue a 2nd vocation without seeking permission from an employer. ‘Work life’ has become the buzzword of the modern workplace and employers are embracing flexibility in new ways.