The voice of Joyce: How we get by in a ” Gig Economy”

Photo on 9-14-15 at 9.56 AMThe Gig Economy vs An old style Business Model
The First article,  chosen from The New York Times , illustrates how the Gig Economy effects Hospitalists , physicians who are outsourced to a hospital and are told to provide effective medicine expeditiously! It doesn’t work for them or the patients. The Physicians preferred to practice “real” medicine by listening to patients and taking their history. This was unacceptable to the outsourcing firm forcing the Dr’s to unionize.

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/business/doctors-unionize-to-resist-the-medical-machine.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

An Oregon medical center’s plan to increase efficiency by outsourcing doctors drove a group of its hospitalists to fight back by banding together

  • What would you do when confronted by managers who demand unreasonable metrics or profits and value results more then valuing people?

There is an interesting definition of a sociopath that defines today’s Gig economy. We are creating managers who are dissociated from people,  treating  people as ” things”;  clearly the   definition of a sociopath.  Why do we tolerate this treatment?

  • “We have a voice and we have a choice.”

The next article, details the rise of a Floral Start Up, Farmgirl, who’s business model is abhorrent to outside investors. They generated $4.5 million in revenue and can’t expand because no one wants to invest in a business that has full time employees and offers health care. That’s so 80’s !  I know, I’ve had full time employees and I did provide health care and sometimes short term loans to my workers at no interest!

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/10/business/a-start-up-that-aims-to-bring-back-
the-farm-to-vase-bouquet.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share

The locavore movement urges buying food produced in one’s immediate region.
 Farmgirl Flowers is trying to do the same for flowers.

 
If our leaders and those in control of major corporations and banks are insatiable in their quest for money and profits, what happens to US, “we the people”?    We don’t naturally all fit into this new “gig” economy.  Losing our humanity is not a state of being that can persist, feelings will out!

 

If wages continue to stagnate,  forcing folks with 2 degrees to take low paying jobs to make ends meet, if the Middle Class continues to slide into poverty because they are saddled with student loan debt and credit card debt for necessities, who will be left to consume the “stuff” made  by Major Corporations?    Don’t hold your breath, but eventually, our economy will come to a standstill.

 

It’s sad many women have to work to support their families, otherwise,  I’d advocate sewing your own clothing,  reviving Singer sewing machines, McCall’s patterns,   or knitting your own sweaters. It’s a thought!

 

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