The Digital Gig Economy:
What's New, What Do We Know, and So What?
By: Dr. Alice Brawley Newlin
Date: March 5, 2020
Location: The Heights (8001 Dale Ave., St. Louis, MO 63117)
Time: 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Networking starts at 7:30 am, program begins at 8:00 am
The growth of digital gig work - such as driving for apps like Uber, and completing brief tasks on websites like Fiverr - has challenged much of what we know about how work happens in the modern world. For example, when you hail an Uber, is that driver even really “working”? Or are they just sharing their ride to a destination? From an HR perspective, gig workers represent a long-standing challenge in terms of their legal status as contractors instead of employees. For example, Uber cannot tell its drivers when or where to work. Using this limitation as a framework, I'll highlight a series of recent studies examining financial dependence, job satisfaction, and turnover intentions among particular groups of gig workers. These findings will provide a basis for discussing how we can ensure that the field of I-O psychology is both ready for and contributing to understanding the latest version of gig work.
Alice M. Brawley Newlin, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Gettysburg College, and an Early Career Fellow with the Work and Family Researchers Network. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at Clemson University. One of Dr. Brawley Newlin's core areas of expertise is gig economy workers, and she has researched their occupational stress, health, and economic dependence. Her work appears in outlets like Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, and Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Dr. Brawley Newlin also developed and teaches an undergraduate course on The Gig Economy.
Fees for this event are as follows:
- $15 for Student GIOP members
- $20 for Professional GIOP members
- $40 for all non-members
This program is eligible for 1.5 CEU credits. Register Here!