The ongoing rapid growth of the gig economy is changing the future of work and redefining the work-life experience. With smartphones as a constant companion, workers have the freedom to move seamlessly from gig to gig. Recent research from Intuit forecasts that by 2021 the gig economy will surge, resulting in 9.2 million Americans joining the gig workforce. With this continued uptick in the gig economy, gig workers will quickly outnumber jobs within the finance and construction sectors, respectively.

The future of the gig economy is strong thanks in part to pioneering companies like Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit who helped to reimagine the workforce, and now the hospitality industry will benefit from this same shift. This trend is driven in part by the fact that more people are opting to join the on-demand workforce which is characterized by temporary or short-term gigs as opposed to working a traditional day job.

So what is spurring on this forward-thinking trend? For some, unemployment and underemployment are forcing many to opt out of the traditional workforce. While others like Millennials are wanting to challenge the conventional 9 to 5 status quo by forging a different career path that provides control, freedom, flexibility, and fulfillment. With the Millennial generation strongly represented in this type of workforce, they are driving this change with 92% wanting to work remotely and 87% wanting to choose their hours. In today’s digital age, Millennials are embracing the ability to customize their lives, including their careers. This shift in work empowers gig workers to be their own boss, develop new skill sets, pursue interests, work from anywhere, and spend more quality time with family and friends. According to The Millennial Economy Report, 44% of Millennials have a side hustle to make extra cash. This savvy group of innovators and disruptors are leading the gig economy’s charge by challenging workforce industry standards. For many, the gig economy is a way to have more meaningful work in a less traditional environment.

This exciting gig economy journey brings us to the hospitality industry. When the on-demand workforce merges with the food and beverage sector, it revolutionizes how businesses deal with the familiar pain point of finding quality staff. This positively changes the way people hire and manage their workforce and how job seekers search for flexible and short-term employment. With the help of smartphones and on-demand Saas startups, job opportunities big and small are now at your fingertips, making the gig life a breeze. The gig economy workforce can choose where, when and with whom they want to work. Now businesses have the benefit of sourcing highly qualified, on-demand staffing talent day-to-day or as seasonal needs arise.

In the growing gig economy, the hospitality industry can not only survive but thrive. With the “Uberization” of the workforce, on-demand labor platforms can now connect the hospitality industry in real-time with qualified individuals ready to work. Gone are the days of relying on traditional temp agencies, a new era has now arrived. Specifically, on-demand, short-term labor platforms like Qwick are looking to meet the needs of hospitality businesses and ease the crippling effects that labor shortages can cause. It is all too common in the catering, hospitality, and food & beverage industry that good workers can be hard to find. Often there is a great need for a reliable and professional extra hand because a regular employee took an unexpected sick day or a big catering job is coming up. Well now, thanks to innovative solutions like Qwick, companies can post available shift openings and be matched with an eager, qualified gig worker ready to fill in where and when they are needed. By leveraging the readily available on-demand labor force, employers can now reap the rewards of the fast-growing gig economy.

Two servers taking shifts with Qwick

In the hospitality industry, nothing is more stressful than the dilemma of scrambling to get existing employees to cover a shift or being short staffed for an upcoming event. Poor customer service can lead to horrible reviews, especially when word-of-mouth is king, resulting in a decrease in profitability and potentially a companies inevitable downfall. When an employee calls out sick or quits on a moment’s notice, day-to-day operations can be thrown for a loop, resulting in an understaffed shift or a subpar last-minute substitute. This unpredictable situation can now be solved with Qwick’s on-demand, hospitality staffing platform. Qwick allows you to plan for upcoming events, scale your business with confidence or fill shifts that were unexpectedly left vacant. Qwick has your hospitality staffing needs covered with instant access to customer-friendly, qualified food and beverage industry professionals that are ready to pull up their sleeves and be your shift heroes for the day. Qwick understands that exceptional customer service is the heartbeat of any hospitality business. Hiring outstanding staff is of utmost importance when talent and resources seem scarce.

Hiring good staff, whether short or long term, is pivotal to running a successful business, but it can also be one of the most challenging processes. Shortage of reliable, skilled and talented staff is a growing concern and causing food and beverage industry to rethink the hospitality recruitment process. Qwick is in the business of connecting great people with great jobs, serving as a trusted and simple solution to help companies hire, fill shifts, and manage their temporary workforce in real-time. Qwick provides clients with an instant, on-demand, mobile staffing solution at their fingertips.

For gig workers, the Qwick benefits are many. Workers can enjoy flexible, fulfilling work with instant payment at the completion of each shift. Qwick workers can easily list their availability to pick up shifts at events for bartending, banquet servers or similar hospitality gigs. They simply work their shift and then get paid as soon as they clock out. One of the benefits of using Qwick is that highly vetted pre-qualified workers are easily connected and matched with available work.

Workers have the opportunity to select temporary gigs based on when they wish to work and matched according to their experience and background. When the shift is over the worker is paid instantly and rated by the business. The higher the rating that the worker receives, the more gig opportunities they are offered. These arrangements give workers the flexibility, autonomy and work-life balance they crave while providing businesses with dependable, reliable and highly rated hospitality workers in real-time. This solves chronic understaffing and overstaffing labor pains during peak and slow seasons.

The gig economy has become the new norm for much of the working population, where temporary and flexible jobs are commonplace. For those needing to supplement their income or desire to have a more flexible day-to-day schedule, the gig economy is for you. Hospitality businesses and workers are feeling the positive ripple effects of the ever-changing workforce and are embracing the gig economy as it becomes a part of everyday life. As more people move towards gig employment over traditional employment the future is bright for all in this blended workspace.