ANDIE BURJEK — Workforce, January 26, 2018 | Not only do entrepreneurs value certain benefits, but they can impact the benefits landscape. I recently spoke with Marion McGovern, the author of Thriving in the Gig Economy, about baby boomers participation in the gig economy. She also informed me about benefits and how entrepreneurs are stepping up to fill the gaps for gig economy workers who do not have access to benefits. What policymakers arent addressing yet, some entrepreneurs are.
She gave a few examples of these entrepreneurs. ShiftPixy is focused on low-earning shift workers in restaurants like busboys or servers. These people have difficulty getting benefits for a variety of reasons, for example because they do not get enough hours to qualify for benefits. Using this app, employee could take shifts at more than one restaurant and work enough hours at various places to qualify for benefits as a ShiftPixy employee.
[The restaurants] are willing to pay more to take that administrative burden off them, said McGovern. Meanwhile, the employees get benefits and get to schedule shifts that work for them.