HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts

# 197: What the Covid Crisis Means For the Gig Economy w/ Paul Estes

July 28, 2020 The HR Gazette Season 1 Episode 196
HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts
# 197: What the Covid Crisis Means For the Gig Economy w/ Paul Estes
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HRchat Podcast - Interviews with HR, Talent and Tech Experts
# 197: What the Covid Crisis Means For the Gig Economy w/ Paul Estes
Jul 28, 2020 Season 1 Episode 196
The HR Gazette


In this HRchat episode, we hear from
Paul Estes, an unstoppable advocate for the Talent Economy who's dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone, reskilling by doing, and bringing diversity to our work. 

For 20 years, Paul struggled to balance his home life with fast-moving leadership roles at Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft, where he led a team of progressive HR, procurement, and legal trailblazers to launch Microsoft's Gig Economy freelance program. Hiring his first virtual assistant transformed the way he lived and worked.

Paul is the Editor-in-chief of Staffing.com by Toptal, a destination dedicated to driving a conversation through expert-driven content and thought leadership. Staffing.com is a centralizing force l for understanding the dynamic future within the rise of remote work, the expansion of the freelance economy, and the future of staffing. Paul is the former host of the Gig Mindset podcast and current host of The Talent Economy podcast (the official podcast of Staffing.com).

Listen to the interview to get Paul's answers to questions including:

1. What do you think the COVID-19 crisis means for the gig economy? Is it an opportunity?
2. Are in-person relationships really that important to get the job done?
3. As many countries navigate out of the first wave of COVID-19, do you believe that hiring managers will be looking to supplement their workforce with consultants and freelancers rather than full-time employees?
4. For those leaders and HR pros looking to hire freelancers over the remainder of 2020, can you offer some tips to ensure they hire the right people?
5. Why is now a great time for people to take a hard look at their careers and consider the merits of reskilling and pivoting into new careers?


Show Notes


In this HRchat episode, we hear from
Paul Estes, an unstoppable advocate for the Talent Economy who's dedicated to creating opportunities for everyone, reskilling by doing, and bringing diversity to our work. 

For 20 years, Paul struggled to balance his home life with fast-moving leadership roles at Dell, Amazon, and Microsoft, where he led a team of progressive HR, procurement, and legal trailblazers to launch Microsoft's Gig Economy freelance program. Hiring his first virtual assistant transformed the way he lived and worked.

Paul is the Editor-in-chief of Staffing.com by Toptal, a destination dedicated to driving a conversation through expert-driven content and thought leadership. Staffing.com is a centralizing force l for understanding the dynamic future within the rise of remote work, the expansion of the freelance economy, and the future of staffing. Paul is the former host of the Gig Mindset podcast and current host of The Talent Economy podcast (the official podcast of Staffing.com).

Listen to the interview to get Paul's answers to questions including:

1. What do you think the COVID-19 crisis means for the gig economy? Is it an opportunity?
2. Are in-person relationships really that important to get the job done?
3. As many countries navigate out of the first wave of COVID-19, do you believe that hiring managers will be looking to supplement their workforce with consultants and freelancers rather than full-time employees?
4. For those leaders and HR pros looking to hire freelancers over the remainder of 2020, can you offer some tips to ensure they hire the right people?
5. Why is now a great time for people to take a hard look at their careers and consider the merits of reskilling and pivoting into new careers?