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Modeling figures with one jumping The way workers think about employment is changing, and employers are starting to catch up to that reality.

With the proliferation of different forms of employment—include remote work, freelancing, contractors, and crowdsourced contributors—employers are increasingly starting to think in terms much broader than “employees.” A new study from MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, explores what they term “workforce ecosystems,” a new way of approaching how companies interact with workers.

The report was drawn from a global executive survey that included 5,118 professionals, 27 executive interviews, and a review of human capital and ecosystem management literature. It found that employers are thinking about workforces in terms such as “concentric rings,” “continuums” or “communities.”

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