The future of work will not be more flexible because businesses are increasingly becoming aware of the disadvantages of hiring freelancers.
Hiring more freelancers means there is an increase in the lack of supervision over employees. Given that most freelance work is done remotely, there is no way to know whether or not all of the hours the employer was billed for were spent doing productive work.
Without immediate supervision, freelancers may not be doing as much high-yielding work as full-time employees.
Hiring freelancers also comes with an unpredictable quality of work.
Freelancers are usually hired quickly to complete a project that needs immediate attention. This often means there is no time for an extensive and thorough vetting process like usual.
Moreover, freelancers will often have a lower investment in the companies they are working for due to the nature of freelance work. Statistically, almost all freelancers are working on multiple projects at the same time, meaning loyalty to the brand they are working for in a given moment is most likely lower than at a full-time company.
The future of work will be dominated by the traditional and conventional methods of work because of the weaknesses that hiring a freelancer invites to places of work.