Bill Joy, the co-founder of Sun Microsystems once noted, “No matter who you are, most of the smartest people work for someone else.”
Today, more leaders are waking up to the fact that many of those smart people are freelancers and contractors — who work for themselves, according to the 2018 Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends report “The Rise of the Social Enterprise.”
And that could be good news for freelancers who wish their careers weren’t just a random set of assignments and yearn to work with clients who can connect them with meaningful projects that have a common thread.
With more companies relying on freelancers and contractors to do important work, their leaders and human resources executives are giving a lot more thought to how best to cultivate them, the report found. The report is based on a global survey of 11,000 leaders of organizations in all size categories.
“Everyone is going to see an increase in this part of the workforce,” says Deloitte’s Global Leader for Human Capital Marketing Jeff Schwartz.