The future of work has given us many new terms and concepts to add to our business lexicon, and here’s another neologism to add to your list: Overemployment.
It isn’t a term used that much these days – or is it? In this episode, the team looks at the phenomenon of remote workers with two and sometimes even THREE full-time jobs. Would you be happy with your employees three-timing you?
Before that, HeyJobs founder and CEO Marius Luther drops into the most dangerous HR podcast to tell our hosts about his experience as a tech entrepreneur scaling up a small business and taking on the big dogs of the jobs board scene.
After some scene-setting, the chat turns to VR as a way of solving engagement issues with remote teams. The general reception to this idea is, well, not that positive.
Chad Sowash: Is Europe deep into augmented reality? Virtual reality? What do you guys think? You’re both obviously high up in tech companies, founders and CEO. What do you think about this, this type of tech; do you think it’s here to stay?
Marius Luther: I think I saw it four years ago at some trade show and now again.
Lieven Van Nieuwenhuyze (Belgian co-host): It’s probably here to stay, but I’m not really into it. There are certain applications where it could be fun and useful, but my children are dedicated gamers and have those VR sets and they never use them because it’s just too big of a hassle to put it on.
Joel Cheeseman: The question for me is, do you prefer the video zoom call as it is now? Or would you prefer almost a virtual experience where you could actually sit at a table virtually and talk to people? And this thing apparently is pretty cool in that the audio is based on where someone is sitting in a virtual room and all that good stuff to me. That sounds pretty cool. No?
Chad Sowash: No.
Chad, Cheese, and Lieven go on to discuss the mind-blowing work that Elon Musk is doing at Neuralink, some more about the growth of HeyJobs and the focus of its competitors before Joel “Cheese” Cheeseman drops this story from the Independent, that some people are secretly doing multiple salary jobs while working from home and earning “up to 440,000 pounds per year.”
Apparently, a new work-oriented global community has emerged made up of people working two or more full-time jobs to vastly increase their salaries. The “over-employed” community was born thanks to work from home possibilities.
It’s a frank and fascinating story, and one that is in many ways an obvious development of the proliferation of home working.
But what do our hosts think about this phenomenon? Would they be happy if their workers were “overemployed”? Would you? You’ll have to listen to the rest of the episode to find out.
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