This article originally appeared on Forbes:
This year, our shelves were packed with books profiling the personal and enterprise effects of globalization in the new economy. Covering topics as wide as how to improve workplace resiliency through improv comedy to reimagining corporate hiring strategies to leverage the gig economy, seven of my favorites lent sharp new insight into the direction of the labor market and enterprise’s response to it.
Here are my seven favorite books this year and what you can learn from each:
- Embracing the freelancer has never been easier—or, more critical to thriving in the gig economy.
Back in early October, Rob Biederman and Patrick Petitti, co-CEOs of Catalant Technologies, released their first book, entitled Reimagining Work: Strategies to Disrupt Talent, Lead Change, and Win with a Flexible Workforce. An exploration of the gig economy, the book takes a deep dive in the successes and failures of this talent management consulting company. The book provides salient insight into the changes happening within the talent acquisition industry and speaks to both the hearts of the autonomous freelancer and the hiring manager looking to create a flexible hiring culture at their organization. The main takeaway: As the workforce grows increasingly international, the future of work lies in the hands of those enterprises that prioritize flexibility in their hiring strategies.