How can independent workers thrive in the gig economy?

Neveen Saied


What was my dream when I was little?

I went through many different and completely unrelated phases. First, I wanted to become a writer, I love telling stories. Then I wanted to become an Egyptologist to discover the mysteries of the old world and how people used to live thousands of years ago. When I discovered that the universe is bigger than our planet, I wanted to be an astronaut. Then I decided to stay on this planet and attempt to make it a better place, so (ironically) I wanted to be a politician. After studying political science, I came to the realization that politics is not the solution. Instead of focusing on developing policies to help humans thrive, I aspired to contribute to helping people develop, with the core belief that every human being has a talent and a message that can make our world a better place. I think education is a key to advancing humanity and I pretty much remember promising myself to work on developing realistic and practical “theories” (whatever these are) that people can actually relate to and understand easily! So here I am :-)

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

When I am not working on my PhD, I love wandering around and hanging out with friends. I am fond of traveling. I love exploring different cultures. I am passionate about food, though I am a terrible cook! I enjoy sipping coffee while reading an interesting book in a green place.  

What is my PhD about?

More individuals around the world choose to work as independent workers instead of regular full-time employees in an organization. Independent workers have different work experiences from regular employees. They usually suffer from precarious work conditions, mainly due to work unpredictability that often leads to social and financial insecurities. My PhD focuses on studying how clients may contribute to independent workers’ thriving, and the impact of the client’s support on workers’ performance.

Why is this important for practice?

Organizations are increasingly depending on independent workers to remain competitive. This is why it is important for organizations to understand how to support independent workers to thrive and influence their performance positively. Furthermore, on the labor market level, my research explores the external factors that shape the experience of independent workers. Finally, on the workers’ individual level, my research contributes to helping them understand how to thrive in the new labor market.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

I’d like to be remembered as a diligent, down to earth and innovative researcher who contributed to advancing her field.

How do I see my future?

I hope I keep pushing my limits and do things I thought I will never be able to.

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Equis Association of MBAs AACSB Financial Times