The winners of the 2016 National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR) Ram Charan HR Essay Contest were announced on November 3, 2016. Among the awards given, Francesca Brumm (MHRIR, 2017) placed second for her essay entitled, Making Gigs Work: The New Economy in Context (PDF).
The essay contest is designed to stimulate interest in the HR profession as a career for the best talent in the global education system and to further advance the NAHR Fellows’ knowledge and understanding in particular areas of interest. Prizes of $20,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place were awarded. Contest winners also received an expense-paid trip to New York City to attend the NAHR Annual Meeting and Installation of New Fellows Ceremony.
This year’s topic, "The Workforce of the Future – Employers’ Evolving Relationship with Workers", generated essays from undergraduate and graduate students from many countries. Students from the University of South Carolina won first place with their essay, The Role of the CHRO in Employers’ Evolving Relationship with Workers. A team of Cornell University students were awarded third place for an essay titled, Managing Workforce Flexibility: The 'Gig' Economy and the Changing Role of the CHRO.
Francesca's essay argues that technology allows individuals and businesses to embrace a broader definition of work, contributions to society, and compensation. She outlines financial and legal protections for workers and employers that allow both to leverage the efficiency of gig workers and contractors in correcting labor market imbalances.
Francesca joined LER in January of this year, and interned at AbbVie in North Chicago this summer. She is the PepsiCo scholar for the Spring 2016 class and will begin her career at GE Digital after graduation.