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You show up. You stay eight hours. You go home. Many employers still expect this basic duty of their workers, although studies show that distractions can tatter your day at the workplace and even though many people feel they are most productive anywhere but the office. Gig economy expert Diane Mulcahy explains why she believes businesses would benefit from using more independent and remote workers instead. Her commonsense reasoning for flexible work is persuasive, but her effort at understanding why some companies continue to prefer seeing their people face-to-face is lackluster. getAbstract recommends this helpful text to managers looking for reasons to offer more flexible work arrangements.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why remote and independent workers deliver better value than traditional nine-to-five employees,
  • Why traditional work setups nonetheless persist at many companies, and
  • How companies can benefit from the gig economy.

About the Author

Diane Mulcahy is author of The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off and Financing the Life you Want.



Independent contractors and remote workers are more productive, collaborative and engaged than their colleagues in the office, studies show. Spared the daily commute, the office politics and interruptions, and the logistical challenges of building their schedules around their office’s core times, offsite professionals tend to be happier as well.

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