Dr. Brianna Caza (Bryan School) received funding from The SIOP Foundation for the project “Working Off the Grid: Building Resilience in the GIG Economy.”
Current trends suggest a future in which more and more individuals untether from organizations and work independently. This style of work involves both attractive opportunities and daunting challenges for workers. The field needs better theory and research-based practical advice on how workers can capture the opportunities and handle these challenges effectively. The proposed research addresses this need by first establishing the distinct challenges of the gig economy and then by specifying the thoughts, feelings, and actions enabling an effective response. Researchers then test three evidenced-based, inter-disciplinary interventions designed to bolster resilience (and thereby well-being) as workers navigate these challenges.