Platt Perspective on Business and Technology

Assumption 4 – What does it mean to be a full time employee these days?

Posted in job search and career development, reexamining the fundamentals by Timothy Platt on February 25, 2010

In one sense this is still a clear-cut question, with an answer that can be readily parsed according to issues like hours worked per week, and terms of employment, compensation and taxes. At the same time the lines are blurring between contract and consulting work and full time in-house employment. Some companies have in effect become famous for maintaining large segments of their in-house employees as would be defined by steady full time employment tenure, as outside consultants for issues like benefits and tax burden. When flex time and shared positions are added in this becomes still more complex. Adding in telecommuting where people may have more than one job they multi-task to makes this that much more complex yet again.

New graduates from college can expect on average to have significantly more careers over the course of their professional lives than their parents, and they in turn are accumulating statistically significantly more careers on average than their parents had. Full time, part time, in-house or consulting we are all becoming career self-employed at least as far as tracking and managing our own individual careers are concerned. So a term like full time employee has to take on a much more limited and focused, and context-specific meaning and as a step in a career – not as a career in and of itself.

I add this to my assumptions list and in this position as much of this issue is technology-driven with our expanding abilities to work from anywhere to anywhere becoming more and more common and more and more pervasive. At the same time, economic and business models are creating pressures that blur the lines as to what full-time, in-house employment means even just within the confines of a business’s office space. I add that even the basic assumption of business office space is changing, where businesses can access space and other material resources on the fly and as needed without having to hold exclusive license or ownership.

This is a complex set of issues, and it is in flux and in a lot of places, world-wide.

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  1. swati said, on March 22, 2010 at 5:37 am

    The Swifttime is an electronic web based application making it easy for employees and managers to improve work efficiency.Best suited for firms with remote employees and companies with hourly employees where proper documentation of working hours are required.
    This Time management application can be accessed from any web based device like mobile devices(Blackberry or iphone). It has following advantages::

    Provides a menu driven user interface.
    High accuracy in payroll management.
    Employees and managers can easily access this application via internet or mobile devices.
    No start-up cost is required.
    Nightly backups of all data.
    Helps to ensure compliance with federal wage and hour laws.
    Advanced reporting module.
    Integrated billing and invoicing module.
    Data can be exported to Excel spreadsheets for further processing.
    Integration with payroll programs like ADP, QuickBooks, Peachtree and others available

    • Timothy Platt said, on March 22, 2010 at 9:25 pm

      Thank you for sharing a link to your business web site and information about your software product. I have never tried your product so I am not in a position to endorse it in any way, but I have to add that I see real value in providing software solutions that make HR and other basic business processes easier to correctly follow and comply with. Web based means employees can log in and enter their updates from anywhere they can access the web, whether they are in Sales or other functionally off-site services, or telecommuting from a traditionally more in-house service.

      I like that fact that your interface works on handhelds and once again, thanks for sharing some information on it.

      Tim Platt


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