The Future of Work Podcast With Jacob Morgan

Today’s guest on the Future of Work podcast is Micha Kaufman, the CEO of Fiverr.  Fiverr started as a website where you could get any digital task done for $5.  Now, it is becoming a true freelance marketplace with bundled gigs. Organizations are flocking to the website, as well as, individuals who are looking to hire or become freelancers. With the popularity of websites like Fiverr, Micha and I discuss why the gig economy is the future of work.

Micha describes Fiverr as the “Amazon for digital services.”  It is a full digital marketplace with ‘sellers’ who are the freelancers and ‘buyers’ who are mostly small and medium sized businesses.  Right now, 30% of the American workforce is involved in the gig economy.  Trends are showing this number will only increase.  The changing generational workforce is a major factor of the growing gig economy.  Through technology, other types of work in the gig economy, such as driving for Uber, or listing a rental on Airbnb, has brought offline activity to online.  As the old concepts of work are being challenged, the gig and freelance economy is being viewed as a legitimate option to participate in, and build a career.  

What you will learn in this episode

  • Trends Shaping the Future of Work
  • How Big is the Gig Economy?
  • The Impact of Robots and Automation
  • Employee and Employer Relationships
  • Millennials and the Gig Economy
  • Longevity of the Gig Economy
  • Success as a Freelancer

Links from the episode


Direct download: Micha_Kaufman_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:15pm PST

What this episode is about and why you should care

This week’s episode of the Future of Work Podcast features two very special guests from Skillsoft. Skillsoft is a technology company that produces learning management systems and the content that goes with them.  My two guests are Jerry Nine, the Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Skillsoft, and John Ambrose, who is the Senior VP of Strategy and Corporate Development.   We speak on self-developing organizations and individualized learning.  Self developing organizations and focus on learning is a huge part of the future of work.

Skillsoft was started with the vision to leverage the internet to scale.  Meaning, previously many individualized learning opportunites had taken place through physical methods such as CD-ROM or VHS tapes.   As technology evolved, individualized learning has grown to match.  Starting in soft skills, Skillsoft has created many engaging learning opportunities that can be utilized for all learning styles.  Technology can catapult the way organizations and people preform.  Skillsoft has made it their personal mission to improve the performance of organizations by improving the performance of their employees.  Self-developing organizations are able to make transformations from current internal education and training programs to more compelling and effective for platforms for employees and organizations.


What you will learn in this episode

  • What is a Self-Developing Organization?
  • Broader Shifts on the Changing Workplace
  • Challenge With Current Education Systems Today
  • Evolution of Learning and Development
  • Corporate Culture
  • Employee Accountability in Upskilling
  • Big Data in Learning and Education

Links from the episode

Direct download: skillsoft_podcast_done.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:22pm PST

My guest for this week’s Future of Work podcast is Régis Mulot.  Régis is the Executive Vice President of Human Resources at Staples.  We speak on why every company should be a platform company.  A platform company partners and incorporates technology from multiple corporations, partners, nonprofits, and educational institutions, to name a few.  While this concept is not new, it is growing and evolving.  Instead of only concentrating on what is going on inside a company, the focus is shifted to building networks outside of the organization. These networks assist in building a stronger, more profitable platform company.

Staples is a very large organization, and the 4th largest online retailer in the United States. With over 74,000 employees, Staples has many different lines of business that each continue to grow in the ever changing market.  Régis has over 25 years of HR experience, working all over the world.  He has spent a lot of his time working to support integration of the corporations Staples has acquired, in the US and Europe.  Régis shows how the idea of being a platform company can lead to success.   Knowledge sharing, data, and technology, are all collaboration tools that will be very prominent for the success of platform companies and the future of work.

What you will learn in this episode

  • What is a Platform Company?
  • What is an Employee?
  • How the Role of Employment Changing
  • Trends in Data and Analytics
  • Outdated HR Practices
  • Talent and Performance Management
  • Freelancer Economy
  • Non-Competition
  • People as an Intangible Asset

Links from the episode

Regis Mulot on LinkedIn

Direct download: Rgis_Mulot_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:16pm PST

The Chief Human Resource Officer of the AARP, John Sigmon, joins me today on the Future of Work Podcast.  We talk about what it means to be an employee in the future of work. We discuss the very definition of what being an employee is, and how it is changing.  John describes with personal detail, how an employee would view their career path when it comes to working for a company.  The role of the employee is changing. Organizations need to think differently about the expectation of employees to settle at one company for a long amount of time.  Most positions are changing into more dynamic and flexible roles.  Many distinctions of employee types are becoming less defined as organizations are looking to the future, and changing as fast as the world around them.

At AARP, one of their goals is to change the dialog regarding what it means to get older.  In the HR department, John needs to ask if his department is changing as fast as the rest of AARP and other organizations.    His own recruitment to AARP is a great example of how the role of the employee is changing in relation to the organization.  When he joined AARP, he was brought on as an HR business partner.  He was able to work on projects that allowed him to contribute to the success of the organization, thus increasing his own market value. He accomplished this by receiving more jobs that increased his capabilities.  His own story illustrates how his relationship with the AARP has formed into an alliance.  John speaks to how this model fits in with the future of work and pushes the innovation of the AARP. 


What you will learn in this episode

  • How the Concept and Role of the Employee Has Changed
  • Millennials vs Older Workers
  • How to form an Alliance with your Employees
  • Treating Your Employees like Family Members
  • Turning Around a Corporate Culture
  • The Shift from Transaction to Employee Relationship
  • Forecasting the Future Employee

Links from the episode

John Sigmon on LinkedIn

Direct download: John_Sigmon_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:58pm PST

This week on The Future of Work Podcast, my guest is Tara Sinclair. Tara is an Associate Professor of Economics and International Affairs at The George Washington University and Chief Economist at  Together, we look at the talent driven economy, which is the talent pool that is increasing and what that means for the future of work.  The talent driven economy effects everyone, whether you have a job, or are looking for one.  Tara shares her insights on what job seekers desire, and what opportunities and fields we are seeing growth in for available jobs. 

At George Washington University, Tara teaches courses in everything Econometrics to Macroeconomics, she also runs their research department that works on developing new forecasting models. Tara’s interest in forecasting for labor market applications lead her to Indeed.   She is able to provide a picture of the current labor market, and how it effects the employers who are looking for applicants. Tara is also able to identify positive trends for the job seeker.   Her fascinating field of study gives us a link between today’s job market and the future of work.


What you will learn in this episode

  • Trends That Are Causing the Fierce War for Talent
  • The Skills Gap
  • The Freelancer Economy
  • Small Vs Large Companies
  • Lower Skilled Workers
  • Labor Market Forecasting
  • Robots and Automation
  • The Silver Workforce and Career Changers


Links from the episode

Direct download: Tara_Michelle_Sinclair_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:05pm PST