World Wide Web Wednesday #4

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Whether you need some lunch time reads or something to get you past hump day, we’ve curated five links we think you’ll enjoy!

Gig economy changing the way we work

The lexicon for different types of jobs has diversified. No longer are we bound by full-time and part-time, we now have casual, fixed-term, seasonal, freelance, agency and more.

In the gig economy, instead of a regular wage, workers get paid for the “gigs” they do, such as a food delivery or a car journey. These “gigs” might be being an Uber driver, hosting on Airbnb or even delivering packages for Amazon. In the UK it’s estimated that five million people are employed in this type of capacity.

Much like how businesses are moving to the cloud, careers become increasingly “boundaryless”, experts argue that workers of the future need to be nimble. But what effect could these new ways of working have?

The award for the most digital engagement goes to…

The 69th Emmy Awards has come and gone. As much as glitz and glam are both integral parts of the Emmys, so too is social media engagement. Marketing technology firm, Amobee, analysed digital engagement around the Emmys to see how audiences reacted in real-time to the awards show as a whole. They pored over digital content engagement across more than 600,000 sites across mobile, video, web and social so here are the top takeaways from the night according to Amobee.

How much should you have saved by 67?

Saving money is easier said than done. It can be challenging for your business but even more so for personal finances. How much should you be saving each month? Are you saving too much or too little? It might be time to take a hard look at your saving habits so you always have enough for retirement or a rainy day. If you need a benchmark, check out this recommended retirements savings chart for a guideline on what you should be saving at different ages.

Why do firms exist?

Some might be familiar with the “invisible hand” metaphor that describes how the economy is governed by price signals. In 1937, Ronald Coase, a British economist pointed out that the “invisible hand” metaphor doesn’t apply to firms. For example, when an employee moves from one department to another, it’s likely not because of higher wages, but rather because the employee was ordered to. The question posed by Coase was an innocently profound one for economics. Why do firms exist?

Boost your work with data visualisation

Whether you’re putting together a presentation or working on a report, there’s no arguing that using data enhances your work. It strengthens your arguments, gives your readers context and supports your claims. But what if you don’t know where to look for the data and how best to present it? Here is a list of 17 tools you need to source for credible data and create impressive visuals.

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Article by Melanie Chan in collaboration with our team of Unleashed Software inventory and business specialists. Melanie has been writing about inventory management for the past three years. When not writing about inventory management, you can find her eating her way through Auckland.

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