Manufacturers of on-demand water heaters “get it”. Why spend money and energy to keep water hot 24/7 and store it a tank? It’s so much more cost-effective to only deliver hot water right when it’s needed.
The film industry has done it for years. Talent coalescing around a Project, getting the piece done, disbanding, and regrouping again for another “gig”. The players change based on the needs of the project. Think: “Right-fit Talent”.
The Brookings Institute, in an article on Rebuilding the employment security system for the Rust Belt that created it, cites these pertinent facts:
- “According to one study, nearly all net employment growth between 2005 and 2015 came from contingent work.”
- “In 2015, the Government Accountability Office estimated that contingent workers, including independent contractors and freelancers, part-time workers, on-call workers, temp firm employees, and self-employed workers accounted for 40 percent of the U.S. workforce, up from 30 percent 10 years earlier.”
According to USA Today, The America's SBDC study, conducted in late March by the Center for Generational Kinetics, found that almost half of Millennials (49%) want to start their own business in the next three years. Over half (54%) would quit their job and start a business in the next six months with the right resources.
Brad Smith Associates is committed to providing an alternative to “business as usual” in the field of landscape architecture and planning. We have embraced a geographically-dispersed model, with Associates and Partners collaborating on projects. This allows us to expand our reach for talent far beyond the limits of the local pool. It also allows us to craft teams according to the needs of each project.
Here are just a few examples:
- A young mom who left the office environment and found that she can have the best of both worlds: being home with her toddler while still finding a creative outlet to work from home when she can – with totally flexible hours.
- A home-schooling mother of a pre-teen, and a teenager who balances that role with managing projects, organizing teams, and doing some pretty fantastic work.
- An able administrator and creative marketer who moved to be closer to her aging parent, but still wants to work from home.
- A long-time team member who is the primary care giver to her elderly dad, but still can do amazing PhotoShop work.
- A dad who knows plants, has practical experience as a contractor and landscape manager, is a really talented irrigation designer, and loves to hit the beach whenever the surf is up.
- A mother of 3 elementary-aged children who did not want her accounting skills to lay dormant, enjoys working on her own schedule, and can run circles around most any other accountant.
The common theme:
Work is fulfilling, noble, and valuable – but it is only one facet of a whole life.
The freelance economy is here to stay. Brookings says that:
“The growth of more flexible work arrangements is a welcome development for many, particularly those working at the higher end of the labor market.”
Thrive Global published an article on The Rise of Women Who Work Remotely: Flexibility is the Future. In it, the following:
- “Employees who work from home are 87% more likely to “love” their job, found a study by Leadership IQ.”
- “As millennials become the largest group in the workforce, the desire for work-life balance is forcing companies to reevaluate practices.”
- “The rise of the digital workforce is a main factor in the shift away from the office job.”
- “Women looking for positions that allow for time with family, travel and the ability to make their own schedule, in particular. Romy Newman, founder of Fairygodboss, an online resource for women in the workplace, told us, ‘For female jobseekers, work-life balance is paramount. Companies that understand that women have families and create boundaries for family time and commitments are highly prized’”.
- “Currently, many women are not being offered the flexibility to pursue their career while raising a family. A Pew Research Center study found that 51% found it more difficult to advance their careers while being a mom, while only 16% of men agreed. In the same study, 42% of mothers cut back on work hours to spend time with family, but only 28% of fathers did.”
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Brad Smith is the founder of Brad Smith Associates, Inc., a mold-breaking exterior planning and design firm serving the aging services industry. Our approach puts people first, focusing on their unique needs while cultivating a deep sense of community. That is done by using a rational problem-solving method, infused with Imaginality™, combining the five key components of PLACE-Creation into our designs:.
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