02 February 2013

Crowdsourcing and Remote workers

Unemployed? Buy An iPhone - Forbes: ". . . crowdsourcing is quickly turning into more than making a few dollars on the side.   The U.S. already has over 42 million (and growing) freelancers ranging from lawyers, accountants, childcare workers, photographers, graphic designers and other specialized professions. . . .While traditional full-time positions are slowly phasing out or being outsourced to lower-cost geographies, the workforce is undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 20 years, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment.  The future of work is becoming increasingly global and mobile.  A freelance economy powered by work marketplaces allows employers access to vast labor pools and specific expertise that goes well beyond the borders of the enterprise. . . . As futurist Ross Dawson elegantly illustrates in his future of work framework, remote work and crowdsourcing will be key contributing factors to the high-performance organizations in the future.  This is already being demonstrated by efforts made by both large and small companies, who are recognizing that they must go beyond their employees in order to innovate fast enough. Companies like eBay, Microsoft and BMW are actively using crowd markets to extend their workforces and tap into specialized skills. . . ."


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