Big Trend: Employee Free Society

File illustration picture showing the logo of car-sharing service app Uber on a smartphone next to the picture of an official German taxi sign in Frankfurt, September 15, 2014. A Frankfurt court earlier this month instituted a temporary injunction against Uber from offering car-sharing services across Germany. San Francisco-based Uber, which allows users to summon taxi-like services on their smartphones, offers two main services, Uber, its classic low-cost, limousine pick-up service, and Uberpop, a newer ride-sharing service, which connects private drivers to passengers - an established practice in Germany that nonetheless operates in a legal grey area of rules governing commercial transportation.    REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach/Files  (GERMANY - Tags: BUSINESS EMPLOYMENT CRIME LAW TRANSPORT)

Some big thinkers have postulated that the employer-employee relationship will radically shift in the next 20 years.  We all grew up in the world of “employment”.  We’ve taken for granted that getting a job working for someone else is the normal way of living.  It wasn’t dominant until a couple hundred years ago.

Farmers, merchants, and tradesmen were their own bosses throughout the history of work.  Even manual laborers – at least those who were not slaves and soldiers – did not have indefinite employers.  They were independent contractors.

The world of Uber illustrates the way that employer-employee relations may be heading in many industries. This is both wonderfully liberating and horribly scary. But it is the future.  Embrace the wave.