Come across as redefining the problem in the form of a solutionThis is a complex book with a lot that is going on Hyman has some trouble transitioning to THE POST 2008 CRISIS WORLD AND post 2008 crisis world and gives too much attention in my opinion to the evolution of fad business themes around the new workforce While few of these ideas lack any merit it is also helpful to know that they are often consultant pitches than reasonable proposalsBut I am nitpicking here The book is well done and worth reading Careful readers can sort out the wheat and the chaff and benefit from doing so I recommend the book Where have all the obs gone Hyman explains it clearly in this interesting but sometimes dry fusion of economic and social history I learned of this book from a NPR broadcast while driving through Arizona The subject matter and the author s command of it made me wanting to know Basically the social experiment of the New Deal and the collaborative social contract of the 1950 s between corporationsindustries and labor fell victim to greed No longer was stability and a long term view the goal It was replaced by risk and a short term goal of the next financial uarter and the ascendancy of the shareholders Employees were not to be viewed as assets but costs unlike JapanAt the same time the consultancy craze took hold to advise managers and executives of how to maximize their growth and profits Armies of accountants and consultants besieged Fortune 500 companies to assist them Consultants were like crack cocaine as customer demand was insatiable for their advice It soon became apparent that no company could survive without them To cut costs labor was the target More and employees were let go with increased automation and efficiency of scale More and employees were converted to temps or contractors to avoid paying benefits This happened first with blue collar Братья Карамазовы jobs than decades later with white collegeobs Some corporations would have people working alongside each other together doing the same ob but with very different pay and benefits They would even have different colored name tags so they could distinguish themselves from each other Talk about a modern caste systemHyman has chapters on the exploitation of women minorities to include immigration and the Bracero program Chapters on the electronics industry and the new digital world of Uber and Etsy In the last chapter he offers paths for the future and opines that the digital world offers us a return to determining our own destiny much like the future and opines that the digital world offers us a return to determining our own destiny much like farmers of the agrarian age who worked for themselvesLots of interesting uotes See belowPage 3But in the collapse of 2008 we all suddenly became aware that while the economy had grown for forty years the 10 percent at the top received 87 percent of all that growth compared with 29 percent from 1933 to 1973 The much maligned 1 percent alone received 56 percent of all growth from 1975 to 2006 Page 13 act to once again make capitalism work for us not work us overPage 170Future Shock was not ust another goofy titled book about a utopia or dystopia to come it was the playbook for the gig economy a playbook implemented by consultantsPage 271 of AppleEven when innovation eventually returned the work did not The author gets a bit lost in this book on the mechanics of economic history compared to his other work The dichotomous focus on basically two major firms gets tiresome after awhile especially when the current temp economy is pushed to ust the last few chapters This was a super well researched well paced book But I m not really sure that I would recommend it unless you have a very strong desire to learn about the commodification of the American worker My dad spent his entire career as an. Ul regulators have been swept aside by a fervent belief in the market Temp tracks the surprising transformation of an ethos which favored long term investment in work and workers to one promoting short term returns A series of deliberate decisions preceded the digital revolution and upended the longstanding understanding of what a corporation or a factory or a shop was meant to do Temp tells the story of the unmaking of American work through the experiences of those on the inside consultants and executives temps and office workers line workers and migrant laborers It begins in the sixties with economists consulta. ,
read Temp by Louis HymanExecutive at a temp agency I worked as a management consultant before law school much of this book talks about McKinsey and their management consulting ilk disrupting the employment structure of American business in the name of efficiency and I currently spend most of my time working on issues of employment law and yet I still found this book tedious at times and overlong for the most part But if this is really your bag then step right up Every
often I run an author who strings together a bunch of missing pieces that connect a whole bunch of stuff I ve been obsessing about for years and Temp is totally one of those booksBy putting the postwar risk adverse totalitarian union tolerating corporation in context and exploring the roots of the efforts to dismantle it in the wake of the demise of conglomerates in the late 60s70s Hyman made a lot of dynamics of the gig economy obvious The biggest of them is the rhetoric of Flexible obs for people who don t want to work full time being a hook to Sloane Monroe SeriesBooks 4 5 justify not paying benefits to as much of the workforce as they can manageAnd then he goes and does something crazy He offers possible solutions all built around the notion the postwar labor consensus wasn t inevitable but the result of decades of labor struggle paying off for white men who created a closed system while white women people of color and migrant labor were used to shore up the less permanentobsWhile optimistic I think his suggestions deserve attention There wasn t some magic force that created the postwar economy people did They fought for it We can tooCorporate America certainly is A valuable if frustrating and often dull entry into the study of our fresh hell Hyman is a credulous witness to the seemingly unstoppable tide of labor history eager to reprint the front facing pronouncements of industry pioneers Manpower and McKinsey Importantly he than proves his central point that workplace insecurity is not a new development of the gig economy but i loved hyman s debtor nation and I loved Hyman s Debtor Nation and really excited to read this book even though I didn t think I cared about the topic I was wrong about the topic but right that Hyman is a brilliant must read historian Hyman brilliantly weaves together the history of the loss of stable work by examining McKinsey and Manhunters He s also the rare historian who covers all his bases He doesn t Vida de perros just focus on the typical sectors of labor think white men in hard hats He looks at house wives black workers migrant women and men and even the instability in the ranks of the white collar bosses It s a well written and insightful story A must read voice and book I ve recently been very interested in the history of labor and how it has changed over the past 100 years in the US How did we go from blue collar work Don t talk to me about the future of work until you study the history of labor This is an exemplary history complete with copious footnotes which I am a sucker for It follows the rise of temporary labor day laborers office temps shift workers consultants etc in the US closely tracking the rise of Manpower a temp agency and McKinsey a consultancy Hyman does a greatob of weaving in issues of gender race and citizenship with the conventional class lens of labor history For example Hyman highlights the predominance of immigrant hispanic women in manufacturing electronics often in their own kitchens and with the help of their family members of all ages and the lack of anti Uber like 8 A really comprehensive picture of how we got where we are with the gig economy all of the ways that it has failed the individual to the benefit of the corporation and what a path forward could look like Have been recommending to everyone. Nts business and policy leaders who began to shift the corporation from a provider of goods and services to one whose sole purpose was to maximize profit an ideology that brought with it the risk taking entrepreneur and the shareholder revolution and changed the very definition of a corporationWith Temp Hyman explains one of the nation's most immediate crises Uber are not the cause of insecurity and ineuality in our country and neither is the rest of the gig economy The answer goes deeper than apps further back than downsizing and contests the most essential assumptions we have about how our businesses should wor. Temp is the latest book about the changes in the American economy that have led to the strong growth in temporary or contingent Oeuvres de Ennius Quirinus Visconti, Vol. 3 jobs often without benefits and only at a part time status while traditionalobs and traditionalSo Often I Run
and stable workplaces have seemed to atrophy and a stagnation has come to workers For the lowerstable workplaces have seemed to atrophy and a stagnation has come to workers For the lower of the workforce real wages have stagnated for decades Any recent changes have come with a recognition #that the nature of work and the types of obs available to #the nature of work and the types of obs available to are very different from what they were from the end of WW2 until the 1960sThis is not the first book to address this set of economic developments There has been a continuous stream of books almost entirely negative and worrisome in tone since the Great Recession Before that there were the books prompted by the dotcom crash of 2001 Before that there were the books about mergers acuisitions downsizing hostile takeovers outsourcing offshoring While the tone of the literature has been largely negative there have been exceptions Workers can now be their own bosses pack their own parachutes not be tied to the harsh routine of factory work and overtime etc For employers moving to workforce planning can smooth out business risks and protect you valued workforce and so it goes Even the gig economy provides people with few other choices the chance to maintain their incomes and lifestyles Let s say I had low expectations for this book What could there possibly be to say that has not been already saidIt turns out that this book is fairly good for about the first half to two thirds After that familiar territory is gone over although without wasting time on the familiar villains of ride share firmsLouis Hyman is a labor historian at Cornell who also knows how to write What makes this book special is that he focuses on a deeper history of the sources of temp work than most books do by providing a The Love of a King joint biography of two key players Manpower and McKinsey Manpower pioneered the assemblage and deployment of temporary workers who could fill the needs of major firms without being subject to conventional labor laws and benefit obligations McKinsey developed the business of high end strategic consulting thus providing a model for high end and highly paid temp workers as well as developing and deploying the strategies used by industrial firms to reorganize their workers around a greater use of temporary labor on a permanent basis Yes long before Uber and Lyft these were the two central actors whose success changed the nature of work in AmericaHyman also does a goodob in identifying the nature of changes in American work His point which is not without controversy is that the post WW2 US economy of stable dominant oligopolistic firms that provided well compensated and stable career for their workers was itself an anomaly that was bound to change for the worse once Europe and Asia China and Japan recovered and low energy prices went away in the 1970s Established US employers were going to run aground on their own without the aid of Manpower And McKinsey Who and McKinsey who to help firms adjust This is not the fault of immediate villains or politicians The system that evolved under Roosevelt in response to the Great Depression and WW2 was a fortunate but transitory solution to the last set of major economic crises of the 1930s and 1940s The threats from global competition had not gone away Anchoring the growth of the temp economy in a longer history helps to understand the nature of the problems today and keeps the reader from falling for the latest business trade book to come along Unfortunately that also implies that there are few easy fixes Hyman tries to suggest some and they are well intended but. The untold history of the surprising origins of the gig economy how deliberate decisions made by consultants and CEOs in the 50s and 60s upended the stability of the workplace and the lives of millions of working men and women in postwar AmericaEvery working person in the United States asks the same uestion how secure is my Mystery: 3 Books in One: The Rockingdown Mystery / The Rilloby Fair Mystery / The Ring-O-Bells Mystery job For a generation roughly from 1945 to 1970 business and government leaders embraced a vision of an American workforce rooted in stability But over the last fifty yearsob security has cratered as the postwar institutions that insulated us from volatility big unions big corporations powerf.