Navigating Modern Work Culture
Cincinnati, OH | Posted: 05/01/2016 | Author: April Koenig
A recent Fortune article notes the misery that many in the modern workforce are feeling. Citing HubSpot and Amazon employee accounts, Fortune notes “An increasing number of companies offer snacks, foosball, and futuristic jargon to keep employees’ minds off their long hours and omnipresent economic insecurity”. The fact that these companies are increasingly utilizing independent contractors is not lost on creative artists as they make their way in the world. In fact, alternative work arrangements (placement agencies and independent contractors) account for most of the corporate employment growth in the last decade, according to labor economist Lawrence Katz.
As a corollary, this new business model is increasingly leaving workers largely to fend for themselves. Gone is the sense of community in the workplace, as corporate team culture gives way to transactional employer-employee relationships. Loyalty reciprocity is declining, and workers have to face the prospect of business independence, whether they like it or not. Which is why creatives are wise to partner with placement agencies to find consistent project success.
There are many reasons freelancers are seeking out placement agencies such as Creatives On Call for help. For one, finding clients can be a painstaking and time-consuming ordeal. An agency brings the client to the artist, minimizing self-promotion time and effort. Agencies like COC also do their best to make sure the client is a suitable fit for a freelancer’s skillset.
Today’s lack of camaraderie in the workforce also means that agency expertise is essential to contract artists. Skilled agency experts at Creatives On Call know how best to navigate client needs because they have experience on both the artist and client side themselves. Working with an agency that has that kind of experience means they can better help artists avoid pitfalls and missteps that otherwise befall freelancers.
Finally, the most compelling reason to partner with a placement agency is also the simplest – they are the easiest way to guarantee a steady paycheck. If businesses are utilizing more and more independent workers, then agencies like COC are going to be the people they turn to for help. That means artists get more projects, which translates to better compensation, especially when the alternative is trying to get a foot in the door on your own.
As stated, placement agencies are cited as an integral part of today’s corporate employee models. So make sure you have an able partner like Creatives On Call to help navigate you through the modern work environment.