Sep 13, 2017

Driven to despair — the hidden costs of the gig economy

Even if Uber did limit the number of hours people could work per day, Sami says, the company would not know about people like him who had worked a full day elsewhere before logging on. Francis Green, professor of work and education economics at University College London, says data from the long-running European Working Conditions Survey show a remarkable link between wellbeing and the option to "Take an hour or two off during working hours to take care of personal or family matters". For Joanna Wilde, a consultant organisational psychologist and board director of the Council for Work and Health, these health benefits do not outweigh the risks for "Gig economy" workers. "The flexibility to be around when your daughter is sick - absolutely. But that is not a benefit of working for Uber; that is a benefit of working for a good company," she says. The article pointed out that "Both offline work in transportation and services and online work are characterised by a number of health and safety hazards".

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