Impact prize for research into freelancers (self employed)
During the biennial Dutch HRM Network Congress for national and international HR researchers, Sjanne Marie van den Groenendaal (PhD Human Resource Studies, Tilburg University) ended first in a research pitch, winning the prize of 3,000 euros.
Researchers could submit a proposal in a Societal Impact Competition in which they explained how they will translate their research into practice in order to generate social impact. The top 3 were allowed to pitch their idea and defend it before a jury. And Sjanne Marie won. The money will be used to implement the proposal in practice.
Sjanne Marie will take a closer look at the career development of freelancers (self-employed). Interviews show that organizations often treat them in the same way as regular employees. As a result, many opportunities are lost, both for the organizations and for freelancers. Sjanne Marie will send out a wake-up call for HR professionals and will develop a toolbox, which can be used to review and apply HR practices for freelancers in practice. The toolbox consists of knowledge videos and a manual with tips and best practices based on her PhD research.