First Thoughts on Organizational Principles for the Gig Mindset Age -
for the Gig Mindset Age
Jane McConnell @netjmc
Researcher - Analyst - Writer
17 years of extensive hands-on consul(ng
experience with intranet and digital workplace
strategy in over 60 large, global organiza(ons.
Ten years of research: annual surveys and
reports since 2006
• Air France
• Air Liquide
• Allianz Worldwide Partners
• BNP Paribas
• Euler Hermes
Tracking the trends in bringing our own
devices to work
The company cultures that help or
hinder digital transforma(on
MITSloan Management Review
Neutralize Internal Poli(cs in Digital
How Digital Leaders Inspire Engagement
Harvard Business Review
• Group SEB
• Société Générale
The gig mindset is growing inside organiza(ons.
I am referring to salaried people who
work in organiza(ons, but behave in
ways similar to external freelancers.
(Not the gig economy as such.)
Clues from digitally maturing
• Self-managing: 80% vs. 50% full survey
• Freedom to disagree, challenge ideas including
business models: 90% vs 40%
• Entrepreneur spirit, freedom to experiment: 80%
Data from The Organiza(on in the Digital Age, 2016, 311 people from 27 countries. Detailed charts at end of document.
“We are seeing roles and processes being
converted into skills required for performance.
When you eliminate roles, you start to fracture
The culture, the technology, communica(on,
employee performance reviews, and nearly every
other aspect of tradi(onal business structure is
… The gig mindset will be the real compe((ve
advantage during the digital transforma(on era.”
Senior leader of an interna(onal company, HQ in the US.
“Gig mindset people are like early adopters. There
are not many today, but their numbers will grow
Manager in a UN agency, Geneva.
“What can we do to grow the gig mindset?”
Head of Group Communica(ons in a specialty
chemicals company, Berlin, at IntranetReloaded
Leadership = inﬂuence from any level and from
any part of the organiza(on that results in change.
Vision = How we work today
My current research is focused on the gig mindset - the person angle
and the organiza(on angle.
Get in touch if you’d like to be involved. Thank you!
Jane McConnell, firstname.lastname@example.org, @netjmc