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    The End of Employees

    The End of Employees

    Never before have big employers tried so hard to hand over chunks of their business to contractors. From Google to Wal-Mart, the strategy prunes costs for firms and job security for millions of workers.



    The shift is radically altering what it means to be a company and a worker. More flexibility for companies to shrink the size of their employee base, pay and benefits means less job security for workers. Rising from the mailroom to a corner office is harder now that outsourced jobs are no longer part of the workforce from which star performers are promoted.

    For companies, the biggest allure of replacing employees with contract workers is more control over costs. Contractors help businesses keep their full-time, in-house staffing lean and flexible enough to adapt to new ideas or changes in demand.

    For workers, the changes often lead to lower pay and make it surprisingly hard to answer the simple question “Where do you work?” Some economists say the parallel workforce created by the rise of contracting is helping to fuel income inequality between people who do the same jobs.
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    Anh. Everyone can just go get another job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gude View Post
    Anh. Everyone can just go get another job.
    No, that's not right. Everyone can just start their own businesses and be job creators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clem72 View Post
    No, that's not right. Everyone can just start their own businesses and be job creators.
    Yeah, yeah. That. Create two jobs for every one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Gude View Post
    Yeah, yeah. That. Create two jobs for every one.
    Eezy.
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