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In the era of flexible work conditions, nine to five is still no way to make a livin'

In the era of flexible work conditions, nine to five is still no way to make a livin' | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it

Decades ago, Dolly Parton warned us that "workin' nine to five is no way to make a livin". Yet for all the rhetoric about flexibility, most businesses still value the "butts in seats" mentality of a full working day in the office.

Are we rusted onto tradition or is it possible to break out of the nine-to-five straitjacket and let staff work where they want, when they want?

Gilbert Rochecouste, managing director of creative placemaking consultancy Village Well, believes we can, saying flexibility is the key to happier, more motivated and more productive staff.

"Gone are the days of the micro-managing boss. It's time to treat people as adults and assign collective and personal responsibility," Rochecouste says.

 

Walking the talk, Rochecouste's 10 staff all work negotiated part-time hours around other interests, such as "pottery classes, art or family". Working partly from home is de rigueur, with cloud technology facilitating central file access and meetings online.

Rather than setting work hours, Rochecouste encourages a "piano accordion" model, where work hours increase during key projects and relax in between. Time owed is paid in holidays, often equating to six or seven weeks a year.

 

It's a system, he says, that is of "huge benefit" to both parties – as long as the flexibility cuts both ways.


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COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH KJETIL J. OLSEN, VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL AT ELANCE-ODESK - Collaborative Consumption

COLLABORATIVE PIONEER: AN INSIDE INTERVIEW WITH KJETIL J. OLSEN, VICE PRESIDENT INTERNATIONAL AT ELANCE-ODESK - Collaborative Consumption | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
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Future Working: The Rise Of European’s Independent Professionals | EFIP

Future Working: The Rise Of European’s Independent Professionals | EFIP | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Future #working: The Rise Of European’s Independent Professionals
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The Sharing Economy - Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

Market and policy drivers, opportunities and challenges ahead for the sharing economy.
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CSW Summit Brussels - Crowdsourcing Week

CSW Summit Brussels - Crowdsourcing Week | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Taking place June 5th & 6th, 2014, the Crowdsourcing Week Brussels Summit will bring crowdsourcing and the crowd economy to center stage.
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We are thrilled to be speaking on freelancing, sharing economy & collaborative economy at the Crowdsourcing Week in Brussels on June 5th. Pop by if you are around.

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Freelancers Movement Europe

Freelancers Movement Europe | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
TURN UP THE VOLUME! Sign the Freelancers Manifesto today and make your voice heard!
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We at www.Euro-Freelancers.eu believe the next EU Parliament should take bold steps to enhance independent working as a vibrant part of Europe’s economic landscape. Sign our Freelancers Manifesto and support independent professionals to raise our voice in the EU: http://lnkd.in/dBWPcY8
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Check out our new ad: EU Affairs Freelancers Association - Euro Freelancers

Check out our new ad: EU Affairs Freelancers Association - Euro Freelancers | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
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Check out our new ad: Find Freelancer. EU Affairs Freelancers Association: http://www.euro-freelancers.eu/eu-affairs-freelancers-association/

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Why work more? We should be working less for a better quality of life

Why work more? We should be working less for a better quality of life | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
David Spencer for Europp: Our society tolerates long working hours for some and zero hours for others. This doesn't make sense
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Elance CEO says tomorrow's workforce should worry about being employable, not employed

Elance CEO says tomorrow's workforce should worry about being employable, not employed | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Is freelance the future? More and more corporate tasks are being farmed out to a global network of independent workers. Elance CEO Fabio Rosati has made it his business to help that happen.
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Digital Nomads: A Work Freedom Revolution

Digital Nomads: A Work Freedom Revolution | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
“Work is no longer a place,” I found myself saying throughout 2013, as my own work took me from Asia and Australia, to Europe and across the United States.At one point, I even found myself working
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Obama: Is the job of the future a freelance one?

Obama: Is the job of the future a freelance one? | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
President Obama discussed job growth in his address to the nation, but he overlooked the boom in freelancers. They compose a third of the workforce.
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European push to take on Silicon Valley gathers steam - Euro Freelancers

European push to take on Silicon Valley gathers steam - Euro Freelancers | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Davos/Brussels, 23 January 2014 Tech leaders, global corporations, universities and financial institutions have joined the European Commission in two initiatives to nurture Europe's tech and digital startups into global internet companies.
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New European Startup Accellerator Unvealed in Devos - http://s.shr.lc/1jpXUEO

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Small Businesses Can Benefit From Freelancers, Too

Small Businesses Can Benefit From Freelancers, Too | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Need new talent, but don't have the resources or desire to take on a full-time employee? Hiring a freelancer is the answer. And with freelance hiring on the rise, you'll just be...

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Thousands of freelancers call for new EU Parliament to support rising number of self-employed

Thousands of freelancers call for new EU Parliament to support rising number of self-employed | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
#news #eu #europe Thousands of freelancers call for new EU Parliament to support rising number of self-employed http://t.co/0A6czTKGVv
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Collaborative Economy in Belgium Needs a Regulatory Boost - Crowdsourcing Week

Collaborative Economy in Belgium Needs a Regulatory Boost - Crowdsourcing Week | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Crowdsourcing is growing quickly in Europe and the number of organisations tapping into the crowd to create scalable solutions continues to raise steadily. Crowdsourcing is impacting various sectors from transportation to finance, to education and manufacturing. The Sharing Economy, the Maker Movement, the Peer to Peer sector and Collaborative Consumption marketplaces are all using some
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Boosting Partnerships in Collaborative Consumption

Boosting Partnerships in Collaborative Consumption | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it

Join us The European Sharing Economy Coalition in partnership with OuiShare, ShareNL, Taxistop and the European Economic and Social Committee for a workshop on: "Boosting Partnerships in Collaborative Consumption" followed by a ShareFest on 3 July in Brussels. http://www.euro-freelancers.eu/partnerships-collaborative-consumption/

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The silent force

The silent force | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
“Besides the latest apps, venture investors, start-up techies and law makers, which seem to attract most of the attention on the mainstream media, there is a major and silent force behind the collaborative economy. These are the people or micro-entrepreneurs providing the goods and services on collaborative marketplaces to supplement their incomes. We have now entered the age whereby access to talent is more important than ownership of talent” – Marco Torregrossa, OuiShare EU Connector, Founder of Euro Freelancers and the European Sharing Economy Coalition


It is a notion of the past that freelancers are only hinging to their professional sector. Nowadays, also because of the changing economic climate, freelancers are more adaptable, therefore suitable actors to thrive in the collaborative economy.


Despite the massive growth of freelancing, European policy makers still focus on “job” creation rather than “work” creation, an area where independent professionals actively contribute. Targeted regulations that address freelancers in the collaborative economy are often missing, as well as platforms to supply a rotation of providers into different marketplaces. European policy makers, above all at city level, have a great opportunity to correct that, not only by designing policies for people and policies for businesses, but also policies for “people as businesses”.


To discover more on this theme, on May 6 at 3.30pm Marco Toregrossa, together with Albert Canigueral, will moderate the panel on Policies for Shareable Cities, including Carlien Roodink from the City of Amsterdam (Amsterdam Economic Board); Stéphane Mahon from City of Bordeaux (Happy Curious); Filip Watteuw from the City of Ghent (Alderman of mobility and public space) and Téo Benjamin from the City of Rio de Janeiro (Rio+ is a collaborative platform for creative urban solutions).


Right afterwards, at 4.30pm, Marco and April Rinne (Sharing Economy Advisor for the City of Soeul, South Korea) will lead a panel and co-creation workshop on Case Studies on Cities in the Collaborative Economy, featuring Pieter Van De Glind (Global Curator, Collaborative Consumption - ShareNL) Angelo Meuleman (Taxistop, President of the Sustainable Mobility Network and member of Flemish advisory board for Mobility), Grégoire Des Pins (CEO, Sharette), Hugues Pouillot (CTO, Sharette), and Kathleen Stokes (Senior Researcher, Nesta).


On the next day, May 7 at 2pm, Marco and Albert will further answer to question about EU Funded projects, helped by other experts such as Francesca Bria (Nesta) and Fabrizio Sestini (Scientific Officier, European Commission) in a dedicated Q&A Session.
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How to Make It as a Freelance Entrepreneur

How to Make It as a Freelance Entrepreneur | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
For entrepreneurs wanting to go down the freelance route, here are five tools and tips to build a successful career.
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My 5 Top Freelancing Freedoms (That Can Be Yours, Too)

My 5 Top Freelancing Freedoms (That Can Be Yours, Too) | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
I have found that working for myself has given me so much freedom and flexibility to live the life that I want to live, while at the same time helping others bring their business dreams to life. What could possibly be better than working for yourself, being there for your loved ones, and...
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Social Media 101 – What Independent Consultants Need to Know | www.mbopartners.com

Social Media 101 – What Independent Consultants Need to Know | www.mbopartners.com | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
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Here you will find some information about four of the most popular social media sites, and how independent consultants can use each one to successfully promote their business.

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The Benefits of Remote Working

According to Reuters, one in five global workers telecommutes frequently and nearly ten percent work from home every day. Moms in particular will welcome this t
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EU Freelancers Movement

EU Freelancers Movement | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
We're fighting for better conditions for freelancers in Europe! We need your support to create a campaign website.
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We are making history today: Help us laying the first milestone towards a stronger freelancers movement in Europe.

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How Freelancers Are Redefining Success To Be About Value, Not Wealth

How Freelancers Are Redefining Success To Be About Value, Not Wealth | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
The old model of slaving for 40 hours a week in exchange for a paycheck is eroding. When you can control your own time you can control your own well...
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Freelancers are shaping the new economy. As flexible schedules and ubiquitous communication become the norm, the work-life balance that we’ve always struggled for is becoming achievable. As community and teamwork become more necessary than ever to thrive, the lonely, closed-off cubicle will make way for meaningful collaboration. And as the demand for healthy food and workspaces increases, industry will increasingly connect corporate profits and social good.

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Midsize Insider: The Next Wave of Remote Workers Are Independents

Midsize Insider: The Next Wave of Remote Workers Are Independents | Freelancing in Europe | Scoop.it
Practical Perspectives for the Midsize Business. Brought to you by IBM.
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