We are all independent workers now, whether we know it or not. The so-called “gig economy” is the fastest growing segment of the workforce, and independence has become a cultural ideal among organisations’ employees too. Gianpiero’s new essay in the Harvard Business Review, co-authored with Sue Ashford and Amy Wrzesniewski, examines what happens when work gets precarious and personal, what it takes to thrive, and what success means in independent working lives.

The essay is based on a recently released academic study of independent knowledge and creative workers, by the same author team, available for free download at the Administrative Science Quarterly.