Despite widespread interest in the gig economy, academic research on the topic has lagged behind. The present chapter applies organizational theory and research to compose a working model for understanding participation in the gig economy and how gig work may impact worker health and well-being. Drawing from past research this chapter defines the gig economy in all its diversity and advances a framework for understanding why individuals enter into gig economy. Next, the authors discuss how various characteristics of the gig economy and gig workers can be understood as both demands and resources that influence how gig work is likely to be experienced by the individual. To understand how these characteristics are likely to influence worker health and well-being, we draw from past research on alternative work arrangements and entrepreneurship, as well as the limited extant research on the gig economy. Finally, a research agenda is proposed to spur much needed research on the gig economy and its workers.
Keith, M.G., Harms, P.D. and Long, A.C. (2020), "Worker Health and Well-Being in the Gig Economy: A Proposed Framework and Research Agenda", Perrewé, P.L., Harms, P.D. and Chang, C.-H. (Ed.) Entrepreneurial and Small Business Stressors, Experienced Stress, and Well-Being (Research in Occupational Stress and Well Being, Vol. 18), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 1-33. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-355520200000018002Download as .RIS
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