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hours, encouraging community service, providing creative and leadership opportunities,
and profit-sharing rewards to name a few. Companies such as Google, Zappos, and SAS
Institute are elevating the bar for workplace standards and productivity. Click here to view
the list of top 50 companies to work for in Fortune magazine for 2012
(http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/best-companies/2012/snapshots/50.html).
The employees at one of the top 50 companies are undoubtedly grateful for an
environment that appreciates their needs. But what if your experience with a company or
freelance gig is less than stellar? The first step could be a simple cost-effective act of
appreciating what is available. This is not merely putting on rose-colored glasses but an
internal device for “finding what we want more of, not less” and according Jaccqueline
Bascobert Kelm author of “Appreciative Living: The Principles of Appreciative Inquiry in
Personal Life”:
It is a sincere and continuous search for the best of what is present in each
moment, person, and experience. It is not what we wish were there, but the
good we can actually find. Focusing our attention on what we do want will create
more of it, while focusing on what we don’t want will create more of it as well. If we
focus on how we never have enough money,’ what we create in our lives is ‘not
enough money. (Kelm, 2005, p. 41)
What has worked for freelancers to counter the uncertainty is working on things that they
have the ability to control such as taking good care of themselves or even the notion of
shifting their attitude for better working relations. They maybe cannot control the when and
where of jobs but a freelancer can affect a new work environment the moment they enter
and are open to collaborative possibilities. The freelancer or consultant is often brought in
to see things differently, not as a disgruntled employee, but seen as someone who can
suggest change as an outsider without becoming shrill and that requires nuanced social
skills of inviting others to share a vision of moving forward together.
Precarity Exacerbates Liminality
The working on one job while searching for another or waiting for the check is a precarious
work environment that creates a sense of “not knowing” and there is the tensional pull of
possibility that sometimes is coupled with an undercurrent of impending doom. The glory
days of risk and reward are definitely more about risk than reward as people are trying to
adapt to the new digital economy coupled with the recession. Gina Neff, a media work
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