The Way We Work

Connecting Americans to Jobs: FCC & oDesk Discuss Broadband Internet Access and Job Creation

September 12, 2012 by

On Monday night, we were pleased to host a dinner discussion with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, on the topic of broadband Internet access and its role in job creation. The topic is an important one: currently 19 million Americans are without Internet access. That represents 19 million Americans who could be working online, building their careers and bringing money into the U.S. economy. For a sense of the opportunity lost there, consider that, to date this year, businesses have spent $32 million hiring U.S. contractors online through oDesk. But that’s just the beginning—the overall online work market is expected to reach $1B by the end of this year. Read Full Article

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Digitization of the Supply Side of the Labor Market

August 13, 2012 by

We are witnessing an unprecedented, voluntary data collection and digitization of the supply side of the labor market. This “supply digitization” is going to be very impactful, because once the supply side of the labor market is digitized, platforms can begin making data-driven, highly contextualized recommendations to both sides of the market. In other words, the more detailed digital data these platforms have, the better they are able to recommend highly relevant jobs to job-seekers and equally relevant candidates to employers. But there still remains a lot of work to be done for this machine-learning research to reach its full economic and even humanitarian potential. Read Full Article

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Meeting of Minds: Balancing Collaboration With Individual Creativity

July 25, 2012 by

Research shows that we tend to collaborate better electronically than we do in person—when the conditions are right. Otherwise, brainstorming as a group instead of on our own can be a lot less effective than reputation might lead you to believe. Applying these three methods for collaboration can elevate your team's brainstorming from time-wasting to creative dynamite. Read Full Article

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Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing

July 24, 2012 by

Matt Cooper, oDesk's VP of Marketplace Operations, is now a guest columnist for Staffing Industry Analysts' new blog, The Staffing Stream. Matt's first post, Online Sourcing Enhances Staffing, discusses the relationship between online work and traditional local staffing, as well as what the future of work will look like. Read Full Article

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Insights From the World Bank’s Technology & Jobs Panel

May 30, 2012 by

I was excited to participate in a panel at the World Bank last week about “An Open Conversation on Technology and Jobs,” presented by the Jobs Knowledge Platform and led by World Bank Managing Director Mahmoud Mohieldin. Online work is quickly becoming a large piece of the global employment picture, and its impact on economies around the world (especially developing economies, according to the Financial Times) is already an important topic of discussion. As a result, there is a growing need for the world’s policymakers, government officials and industry leaders to have an open dialogue about the policies and best practices surrounding online work. Read Full Article