Asher, Diana Gil, Berliner Npr discussed on All Things Considered


The pandemic has turned millions of people into virtual workers. But there's another trend that's been less obvious. Permanent full time jobs are going freelance, and that's severing ties between some companies and employees. NPR's er Berliner has more Diana Gil was having her early morning coffee at her New York apartment when the messages started coming in from the boss's office. Can you get on a call this morning with the president? And then? Of course I knew what that meant. She was being laid off from her job as executive editor at Tour books. Gil was given a month's notice, and she had plenty of projects to keep our occupied. So the new reality didn't register at first, but then May and I was like Well, there's Cove. It's so there's certainly not jobs right this minute. That's when it sank in. She was a freelancer for 24 year career as an editor at New York's top publishers was over. Now editing book, like Manuscript is a specialized skill. So Gil has been pretty busy so far. But she was thrown into the much less secure world of freelancing where the money and gigs are unpredictable, glancing this feast or famine so kind of comes in waves, and I know at some point there'll be less of it, So I'm looking at that sort of what to do. I had to sort of make it. Work is a business making it work is a business becoming a free agent. That's the challenge predicament, however, you want to phrase it. Facing many Americans. The percentage increases are alarmingly big. That's Julia Pollock labor economists with the job site's IP recruiter. Zip a quota tracks the proportion of job postings that are temporary rather than permanent, and it's kind of dramatically during the pandemic. The share of temporary job postings in communications, for example, was was only 12% prior to Cogan. It jumped up to 48% in April and May and though it's come down a bit, it's still very, very high. A similar story and feels like HR on advertising and marketing. The junk was from about 8% historically, to 28% Post Cove. It part of the shift is predictable. When the economy is shaky, and in the outlook uncertain. Employers are reluctant to hire permanent workers. And now tools like Zoom are creating more flexibility in the workplace. White collar jobs can be done anytime, anyplace by any capable person with a phone and a laptop work is untethered from the office. So workers don't build personal connections with their bosses. I think now you know, lots of companies are trying to think like, Hey, maybe we don't really need these full time employees. Stephanie Coddle is the founder of Black Girl Group of Freelance staffing agency. I think now you know these cos they're starting to see like, Hey, having these folks at home is saving me money. Hey, I don't see those people. So do I really need to be given them benefits as the recession dragged on the axis, fallen on a wide range of workers. And some workplace experts say a lot more white collar jobs will be done by contractors probably forever. But starting a freelance career after getting laid off isn't something people do by choice, says Connell. You almost begin a freelance out of necessity. You don't have time Tio, you know, cry or be down or depressed because you lost your job used to have bills to pay. And those bills don't care that you lost your job. The freelance economy was enormous before the pandemic. And has grown even larger during it. Two million freelancers have been added in just the past year. That's according to the freelancing platform upward upward study claims a majority of freelancers who started since the pandemic say no amount of money would convince them to take a traditional job. A very different picture emerges on the job site. Zip recruiter. Here's the company's labour economies. Julia Polish the vast majority 90% of active Zip recruiter. Job seekers are looking for a permanent full time position, a job with benefits like health care. A job with a sense of purpose and mission where you make real connections with your co workers, Pollack says. That's what most workers want. Orry Berliner NPR news students going back to school are adapting to change and uncertainty. But for students with disabilities adjusting to constant change could be more complicated. Theresa for Stack spoke with two students in Maine about how they're navigating school in the time of covert 19 in the spring, when the pandemic for schools to use online learning the transition was tougher students. My name is cool. I am Mui I live in. One of the main Quiet is 1/12 grader who attends a public charter school with a hands on focus and tight knit community. She especially loved being on stage at her school's Open mic nights. Quiet also has down syndrome and it was hard to concentrate while learning at home was really have to focus on the work. I do because you're talking, talking talking now stay and you can't Do you look down there? She learned to be flexible and find a quiet space to work and one of quiet teachers emailed her every day, which was a huge help. The same was true for a middle schooler in Portland, Maine. Mining is after a big grey are very on would be his own grain. I really games I ah and places Asher has autism and 88. The unpredictability and lack of structure at the start of the pandemic. Where a challenge so his mom worked with the school to make sure he got the support that he'd had at school in person. I actually work with Pharrell Zoom. She also basically helps me almost every day. But Asher said some of the changes weren't so bad, like not having to choose a new outfit each day and adjusting school hours to be more manageable in their home. Learning was pretty cool. I Actually had lost under the day around. 12, both quiet and Asher schools have adopted hybrid models of online and in person learning. At first, Ashley wanted to be completely remote. But then he realized some things were better at school like eating pizza in the cafeteria in gym class. There is not sure about playing tag, no contact Andre shirt that you're not supposed to do that during cornering with people that don't even live with you so probably highly unlikely. Why has been back for a couple weeks, and she's thrilled her teachers are like family. But some things like wearing a mask and social distancing are certainly different. We can't give them hugs all high fives. Yet in a way, she also said, these changes are worth it to be in person again. Asher agrees. He started school September 14th and the changes are important to getting back his primary concern. Halloween I'm worried about is like how we and inevitably, your mask. Maybe they're based off a distance and couldn't salary in whether or not Halloween or hugging can happen this year. Quiet in Asher Think for turning to school in person, at least part of the time is a step in the right direction. When more changes come, they'll adapt again for NPR news. This's trusted her steak at a moment when over 700 people are dying every day in the United States of covert 19. And infections continue to spread. A new poll shows that trust in public health officials is dropping precipitously here. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that public confidence in the Centers for Disease Control has dipped 16 points. Dr..

Coming up next