One of the major transformations underway in the Canadian workplace involves the increased use of contingent (i.e., non-permanent) employment arrangements. Tasks that might have been given to permanent employees in the past are increasingly being given to workers hired on a temporary basis or to independent contractors.

We study how individuals adapt to contingent work arrangements, and how independent contractors react to changes in the scope and type of their contracts. We also work to understand the true organizational costs of hiring different types of contingent workers.