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The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations


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The world has witnessed three step functions in technological change: mechanization, electrification, and computerization. These industrial revolutions led to massive increases in productivity and thus the need for fewer workers. 

With each of these technological breakthroughs, the power balance between companies and workers shifted heavily to companies. The abuses of that power by companies instigated employee unrest and sometimes even armed uprisings. Counterbalancing forces rose to constrain companies’ power, eventually prompting unions, regulation, and the social safety net to bring stability to the relationship. 

As we enter the fourth great leap forward in technology with robots and AI, we face the first services revolution. The power balance will again shift massively to companies as new technologies drive productivity increases in the service industry, much as the last three industrial revolutions transformed manufacturing. What lessons can we learn from the past three industrial revolutions and the current state of the labor market? How will we renegotiate the social contract to ensure fairness for workers, set clear rules for companies, and provide stability for society? What is the future of work? 

Contributors include: 
Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. - President and CEO, Society for Human Resource Management 
Gene Zaino - Founder, MBO Partners 
Holly Paul - CHRO, FTI Consulting 
Jane Oates - President, WorkingNation 
Michael Bertolino - Senior Partner, E&Y 
William Weissman - Partner, Littler Mendelson 

About the Author 

Jeff Wald is the Founder of Work Market, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to efficiently and compliantly organize, manage, and pay freelancers (purchased by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies including Spinback (eventually sold to Salesforce). He is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. 

Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and the upcoming book, The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff was named “One of the 100 Most Influential People in Staffing” by the Staffing Industry Analysts in 2017 and 2018.
AuthorJeff Wald
Published Year2020
Page Count240
PublisherPost Hill Press
FormatHardcover
SKU1642934356-AMZ
ISBN9781642934359