"There is a concern if people can be focused": How the gig economy destroyed workers' 9-to-5 attention spans

In our Salon Talks roundtable, host Carrie Sheffield sat down with Courtney Spritzer and author Michael Woodward


Brendan Gauthier
August 15, 2016 7:35PM (UTC)

Salon Talks' Carrie Sheffield on Friday sat down with Courtney Spritzer, co-founder of Socialfly, and Michael Woodward, author of the new Psychology Today blog "Spotting Opportunity," to discuss the future of the so-called "gig economy."

Woodward cited an Intuit study that "projected by the year 2020 that 40% of the American economy or American jobs will be ... freelance contractor-type work."

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"What they found is," he added, "those folks in college who start using freelance or gigging work to get through school come out and they're saying, 'I may have a better option just to keep doing this than go out to find a more conventional nine-to-five job.'"

Asked if she looks "askance" at résumés from applicants who've done gig-type work and are now looking for a full-time job, Spitzer said, "There is a concern if people can be focused."

"One of the questions that I always ask is ... 'Why are you looking for a full-time job now?'" she explained. "And then ... 'Are you gonna continue to have these jobs on the side if we were to hire you?'"


Brendan Gauthier

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