posted on Apr, 3 2017 @ 09:25 PM
This absolutely applies to me so here I am jumping in:
The gig economy isn't a bad thing. I work as a computer programmer by contract and there is something you must understand here. They go by how much
work you have done, not hours worked.
These companies take HUGE advantage of their salaried employees. Insane advantages. They are not actually required to pay you overtime if you work
salary in a high level job. If you are working an an hourly basis, by a strict contract, then even 1 minute over 40 hours in a week qualifies you for
an overtime pay rate. That's not the same as when you work salary. It's more relaxed as to when you come in and leave. But at the same time if you
put it 50+ hours it goes completely unnoticed.
However, I do agree that gamification of these systems provides a false incentive. This has been going on for years, we've been indoctrinated into it
by PS4 achievements and online multiplayer. Not a surprise that big companies catch on. You have to admit, Uber is MUCH fairer than the taxi industry
was. These taxi guys got screwed by medallions and other bureaucratic nonsense. It's not all gloom and doom for uber, they do pay their drivers