Week-in-Review Thanksgiving Edition: A Gig Economy Webinar, an HR Webcast and a Publisher Spotlight

Welcome to our Week-in-Review series, Catalant’s roundup of all things on-demand economy, from breaking news to newly minted reports to upcoming events in the industry.

What People Are Asking This Week: What trends are driving the gig economy? What are the implications? What is the role of technology on employee engagement? How are AI and machine learning affecting HR?

Read on for the latest in the gig economy for business this week.

Webinar: What’s Driving the Gig Economy?

With tech-based talent marketplaces rich in highly qualified independent professionals with specialized skills, companies are tackling critical business challenges with on-demand external expertise. But, what are the economical trends driving this transformation of on-demand talent sourcing?

Coming up next week, Monday, November 20 at 1PM ET, Catalant’s cofounder and CEO, Rob Biederman and Marco Annunziata, Chief Economist and Head of Business Innovations Strategy at General Electric will be hosting a webinar to discuss the macro trends driving the gig economy and what this means for the global business landscape.

While some Directors and VPs need convincing to join the gig economy movement, others are already reaping the benefits of increased efficiency and reduced costs.

Save your spot by registering here: Webinar: The Workforce Revolution.

Webcast: AI and Machines in HR

The holiday season can be a quiet time for events, but coming up from December 12–13, 2017, HR.com will be hosting a webcast about the relationship between AI and HR.

The schedule is packed with notable presenters, including Shrikant Pattathil, President of Harbinger Systems, Ian Cook, Director of Workforce Solutions at Visier Analytics, Mahe Bayireddi, CEO & Co-Founder of Phenom People, Jack Hill, Director of Talent Acquisition Systems at PeopleFluent and Britt Ryan, Head of Recruiting at Entelo.

As automation continues to shift the workplace, HR professionals need to know the challenges and understand best practices for leveraging advanced technology to increase efficiency in their human capital acquisition strategies.

Register for this event here: The State of AI, Chatbots & Machine Learning in HR.

The Spotlight Is on Inc.

In keeping with technology innovation, Inc.com recently published a great piece on AI and machine learning. Kevin J. Ryan, Staff writer at Inc., explains the collaborative robots (co-bots, for short) being used at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Computer Science. The Department of Machine Learning is using the co-bots to conduct research about how robots and humans can work together.

Mainly autonomous, the co-bots do simple tasks such as distribute mail and deliver messages. They also greet visitors and direct them to where they need to go. But there are some drawbacks, of course. According to Lionel Robert, a robotics professor at the University of Michigan, scientists are trying to “find ways for people to have an emotional bond with it [the robot],” in order to ease people into working alongside such AI.

With all the talk about AI and robotics, this is an interesting read. Check out the full article here: Yes, the Robots Are Coming for Your Jobs. Here’s How to Work With Them.

Inc. also published an article last week about how digital disruptions affect the future of work. Forward-thinking companies are responding to disruption by thinking about talent in new ways and leveraging on-demand talent platforms to find boutique consultancies and individual consultants with specialized skills. “Contract work is the name of the game for most companies with an eye on the future,” contributor Ilya Pozin, Founder of Pluto TV, notes.

Read the whole piece here: The Future of Work: 3 Jobs That Will Still Exist in 2030.

According to the 2017 Freelancing in America study conducted by Edelman Intelligence, the majority of the U.S. workforce will be working in a freelance capacity by 2027. Experiencing a need for agility, businesses are turning to the gig economy with open arms. What can we say: The future of work is on demand.

When it comes to human capital innovation, contingent workforce solutions, on-demand knowledge economy research, trends and updates, we’ve got you covered. Check back next week for another edition of Catalant’s Week-in-Review.

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