Class Year


Document Type

Student Research Paper

Date of Creation

Fall 2018

Department 1



This theoretical paper is relevant to nontraditional workers, traditional employees, and businesses searching for ways to enhance workers’ health and well-being. Businesses should also find this information helpful if they are aiming to increase their bottom line. The changing nature of work has health implications for both nontraditional workers and traditional employees; however, it has not been readily studied. I review the current literature available and analyze the health implications for both nontraditional workers and traditional employees. After reviewing a variety of literature I propose two theoretical propositions. My first proposition is that the changing nature of work, specifically the increase of workplace flexibility, benefits traditional employees more so than nontraditional workers. Secondly, I propose that nontraditional workers are likely to endure more of the negative health implications in response to the changing nature of work when compared to traditional employees. Ultimately, there needs to be further research done on comparing traditional employees to nontraditional workers and further investigation on what kind of health implications we should expect from the changing nature of work. From reviewing and discussing the negative health implications, it becomes evident that businesses need to focus on enhancing the health and well-being of all workers. I conclude by suggesting ways in which businesses can achieve a happier and healthier workforce.


Written for OMS 401: Gig Economy Capstone.

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