CNBC quotes Lindsey Cameron on gig economy during coronavirus pandemic

April 3, 2020

The CNBC article “ ‘I simply won’t be able to meet my day-to-day living expenses:’ How coronavirus is impacting gig workers” examines challenges employees are facing and how the pandemic might affect our future economy.

Some—but not all—companies have launched emergency policies to protect gig workers, who often don’t receive sick pay or health benefits. However, many say the measures aren’t enough, CNBC reports.

Center for Positive Organizations (CPO) faculty affiliate Lindsey Cameron tells CNBC that if companies aren’t responsive to workers during the crisis, consumer pressure could spark a push more formal protections in the future.

“I see this as a time when both sides, gig workers and platforms, are able to build public goodwill,” Cameron says. “So many folks are scared to leave their homes, and people in delivery services are taking on extra risks. Consumers are even more so becoming their allies.”

Cameron is an assistant professor of management at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a PhD in Management from the University of Michigan.