Gig mindset or traditional mindset or are you somewhere in between? How has the gig mindset impacted you and your work life? Here is what I heard back in 2018, the first year of my gig mindset survey:
- “I began to see why some of the tensions had emerged in my work environment and saw ways I could handle them.” (UK)
- “It made me continuously reinvent myself, work practice and output… I need to stay nimble and aware of external changes at the level of the sector I work for and my practice. (UAE)
- “Provided opportunities to see more as possible rather than accept constraints which seek to maintain the status quo.” (Australia)
- “It’s a mindset of self-sufficiency that helps you to grow faster because you’re not constrained by the professional development offerings of your employer.” (USA)
- “The few of us who do operate from a gig mindset simply choose to ignore senior leaders focused on hierarchy. If we achieve the expected results then there is very little they can do to us.” (UK)
However, based on recent conversations with people in different countries, the gig mindset is still rare. Some people are part of the movement I call creative resignation where you stay inside your organization but work in ways that are different. But the most worrisome trend for organizations is the numbers of workers who have decided to move on. They had a fundamental rethink of their sense of purpose during lockdown and when working from home. Now they are unwilling to go back to the old world. They want to live their purpose in a context where they are free to question the status quo and take initiatives; These are exactly the people organizations need to keep!
How can organizations keep these people?
An employee in a hundred-person startup in the Netherlands described how they got an outstanding worker to join their small company:
- “We just got a new guy in our company. He’s about 35 or so and used to work pretty high up at [name of globally famous brand company]. He resigned and came here. He’s making much less money, he says, but the work is more interesting, and he’s enjoying himself much more.”
A manager in a global transportation company in Scandinavia believes it is a priority to retain people with a gig mindset:
- “If I, as a manager, don’t encourage the gig mindset, I will lose my own motivation and, in the end, the best people.”
How to do this? First identify them.
I wrote about this earlier: Looking for people who will make a difference in your organization?