Stories from The Gig Economy featuring Wonolo COO, AJ Brustein

Ready. Set. Work. is a podcast series that focuses on the future of work, specifically highlighting all different perspectives from the gig economy, to on-demand platforms, and more. In this first episode from the series, Bunker’s Co-Founder and CEO, Chad Nitschke, talks with AJ Brustein, COO of Wonolo, about the future of work and highlights how the gig economy is an opportunity for talented underemployed people.

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Chad: What do you think might be the biggest misconception about the gig economy and I’ll even throw out kind of as an example, you have, like, Uber and Lyft, you know, really really large ride-sharing platforms, and I think a lot of people associate kind of them with the gig economy, when in reality it’s a lot more broad than that, and I’m curious if there are any, just, misconceptions that you think about relative to the gig economy?

Aj: I think that there is a general misconception that the gig economy isn’t looking out for the worker. And I think that’s entirely untrue. You know, often there’s examples brought up that there’s no insurance for example, to take care of someone if they get injured on the job, or if they have damage to, in Uber’s case their car or something like that, that they would be afforded if they had full time, or regular, permanent employment from a company. And I think that, as you know, with our relationship, we provide insurance to cover people if they’re injured and need to cover their medical bills, you know, we provide insurance to cover any liability issues. These things are relatively new, but the idea that the gig economy is not there to protect their workforce I think is entirely untrue, and it doesn’t even make sense because we know that, at least here at Wonolo, we’ll only be successful if we have a strong community of Wonoloers who are happy, and love Wonolo, and decide that they want to spend their time working with companies on Wonolo versus somewhere else. You know, they have lots of options today to decide how they want to spend their time, and if we don’t respect the Wonoloers, and if we don’t reward Wonoloers and recognize their hard work, then they might choose to spend their time somewhere else. So, that’s very important for us that we have a workforce that’s happy, and a workforce that feels like they’re being heard, and that they feel safe when they’re working on Wonolo. And I think that other gig economy platforms probably feel the same way as well.

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