In the new era of work dynamics, the gig economy plays a major role. We have seen Uber and other ride-sharing apps disrupt the taxi industry. In the IT industry, gig workers are becoming a sizable group, especially as a by-product of the work-from-home culture induced by the pandemic.
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When presented with the choice of beading as many necklaces simultaneously to maximize the payout, the ethical dilemma is obvious. The natural tendency will be to take on as many gigs as possible. Why? Because the whole concept of this gig economy is to make as much as possible with as much freedom as possible. It is not possible to drive two cars at once, but it is possible to work on four gigs at once while working from home. The outcome is obvious. This super gig worker is producing 160-hours of work in a 40-hour work week and the quality will suffer.
Where gig economy can work
Where gig economy splutters
In my opinion, the gig economy works superbly for jobs like graphic designing, writing, and driving, but not for high quality software development, which is the collective effort of skilled programmers, software solution architects and software designers. In my next article, I will be delving into the challenges of gig economy for software programmers in particular.