Trend for 'on-demand' workers gains momentum

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When Leversey Henry gets ready for work, he turns to his phone. He uses an on-demand staffing app to look for available shifts in his area. But not in just one industry and not just driving or delivery. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) When Leversey Henry gets ready for work, he turns to his phone. He uses an on-demand staffing app to look for available shifts in his area. But not in just one industry and not just driving or delivery. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
AJ Brustein, co-founder of the app Henry uses, says the employer-employee dynamic is shifting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) AJ Brustein, co-founder of the app Henry uses, says the employer-employee dynamic is shifting. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
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When Leversey Henry gets ready for work, he turns to his phone. He uses an on-demand staffing app to look for available shifts in his area. But not in just one industry and not just driving or delivery.

“We’ve done warehouse; I’ve done some product marketing, as well as event coordination.”

Henry answered questions on the app regarding qualifications and background ahead of time. Then whenever a gig pops up, it’s his for the taking.

“I actually use it as my primary source of income.”

There are several on-demand apps offering gigs in industries that used to solely offer so-called traditional jobs. Areas like retail and restaurants.

One survey predicts there will be more than 7 and a half million on-demand workers by the year 2020.

AJ Brustein, co-founder of the app Henry uses, says the employer-employee dynamic is shifting.

“I think for too long companies have had all of the control and haven’t listened to what the workers really need. Today, we see flexibility in becoming the number one thing people are looking for and the gig economy is, you know, allowing that to happen.”

Henry says he likes the flexibility, control over when he works for whom and the variety of opportunities.

“And then, you know, the quick turnaround in terms of how you get paid.”

Sometimes you get paid the same day. There can be some challenges, though, with a shift-based lifestyle.

“If you’re looking for any sorts of things to watch out for as a worker, one of them, I would say, is probably just stability or reliability.

Brustein says you have to be more active in your job search if you want daily work. Some online forums are slamming shift work, saying the trend is taking away from regular jobs Brustein doesn’t buy it.

“We’re finding that traditional employers will use gig work to sort of try people out. So we often find that rather than spending a bunch of time on going through resumes or looking through job boards, they’ll just bring people in and see how they perform and if they do a good job, off them a permanent position.”

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Warren previously did on-air reporting for the KTVK/KPHO-TV “Varsity Zone” sports show. Warren’s versatility continues to shine as he has worked on the assignment desk, as a news writer and as a field producer.

Warren is a seasoned television journalist whose progressive TV career began at 6ABC-TV in Philadelphia with "Action News," a favorite choice for millions of viewers for decades. While at 6ABC, Warren advanced through the ranks in unprecedented success as a sound technician, an assignment editor, a video editor, a sports producer, a bureau chief, a public affairs specialist and ultimately as programming producer. In his final role at 6ABC, Warren produced a top-rated, award-winning television news magazine show and also lead producer for the "High School Huddle" sports show. Warren has also been assigned to cover both global and national news stories.

In addition to broadcasting, Warren enjoys contributing to society as a mentor and volunteer. He is president of the Arizona Association of Black Journalists and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Warren has also volunteered by serving on the board of directors for Image and Attitude, a New Jersey-based nonprofit specializing in self-sufficiency for women and has also served on the board for The VIP Project, which supports autism awareness.

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