JUL 25 2017

Multiployment - The future of employment?

Aditya Murali

TAGS : employment, future, economics, organisations

Multiployment - The future of employment?

"My father had one job in his life. I’ll have six jobs in my life. My children will have six jobs at the same time.” - Robin Chase, Founder & former CEO, Zipcar

When members of the older generations frown upon the frequency with which people change jobs today, it is understandable. During the last half of the 20th century, the economy was job-centric, and having a job was considered a very strong sign of stability. This evolved to becoming an organization-centric economy, where employees were driven by their desire to work with the employers of their choice.

However, the technological leap from then has changed the entire structure of the employment system irrespective of the industry, and even the direction its development is taking. Now, the system is slowly becoming quality-centric. The rising popularity of coworking spaces today is a strong indicator of this individual-centric trend in the global economy.

Hence, one of the new ideas making the rounds is “multiployment”. Multiployment is the concept of holding multiple jobs, either in the same profile or in different capacities, in multiple organizations across the world.

For instance, a designer could work his regular day job, but also be a product designer for an NGO that produces prosthetics in Spain, and also as a design blogger for a Sweden-based design firm. Or someone else could juggle being a copywriter, a UI designer and a Marketing Planner in his regular hours.

The options are limited only by a person’s choices and skills. With each passing day, new apps and media are emerging to create new niches to digitize. Apps like Skype, WhatsApp and Google Suite have become indispensable, and shape the way we work efficiently.

How multiployment differs from freelancing or any conventional concept is that the primary motive isn’t to make extra income. Multiployment can sharply increase value of work through cross-experience, and cross-connecting this experience into other diverse fields, bringing in fresh perspectives and learning opportunities.

Moreover, the very idea of job security will change dramatically. Everyone will be judged only by the quality of their work, and not their loyalty to their previous fields. Also, a person who is multiployed need not fear having to quit, or get fired from, one of their jobs because of the financial security their other jobs give. 

Although it is still not widely known, it is definitely not untested waters. Several European agencies have incorporated this in their company policies to accommodate for their employees’ fluid career plans. In the future, organisations may take on multiployment together, as a company.

Whatever the implications, the opportunities are endless, and it looks like the days of working for promotions and increments may be numbered. But if it means having the freedom to learn and work freely, sign us up!