For those working in the gig economy, acquiring more work seems to be a top priority this year.
A survey from PeopleReady, a major staffing company headquartered in Tacoma, found that 52 percent of gig workers are seeking more work, with only 24 percent who are aiming to take on fewer assignments.
Circling back to those looking for more work, when questioned further, 78 percent said it’s because they need more income, 46 percent said they want to get their foot in the door with a company, and 43 percent said they want to acquire more skills.
PeopleReady also offered some insight into best practices and fatal mistakes gig workers should be aware of.
“Gig employment is expanding as both companies and workers seek flexibility in how they work and stay agile in different economic cycles,” said Taryn Owen, president of PeopleReady. “Gigs can be an effective bridge to permanent placement within companies, but any indication of an indifferent attitude or unsuitable behavior can immediately take workers out of the running. It is important to approach a gig assignment with the same level of professionalism as a full-time job, especially if you want to be considered for additional work or a long-term opportunity with a company.”
Weighing in on this issue were managers that outlined deal-breaking behavior that dictates whether they rehire a contract worker: 62 percent said showing up late or not at all, 56 percent cited a bad attitude, 50 percent said showing little interest or initiative, 39 percent said workers who are often on their cell phones, and 31 percent said workers that don’t complete the job.
To put your best foot forward, PeopleReady suggests treating the contract job like a job interview; going above and beyond; having a consistent positive attitude; and stating your intentions, like if you want to work with them on a more regular basis, for example.
To gather this information, PeopleReady queried nearly 1,500 managers and 4,136 workers.