Will A Bidding Process Be Applied To Jobs?
from the how-much-is-an-extra-hour-worth... dept
Roland Piquepaille writes “Two U.S. hospitals, one in Ayer, Massachusetts, and another one in Chicago, have found an innovative way to deal with nursing shortage. They post shift openings and the highest hourly rate they’re willing to pay. Then, the nurses bid online for these extra shifts. The lowest bidders get the shifts and are notified by e-mail. The software behind the process, named eShift and marketed by FlexEstaff, is raising eyebrows at nurses associations. Still, FlexEstaff is negotiating with 8 more hospitals. This bidding process is almost certainly a good thing for the hospitals, but is it good for the nurses? Will we soon other industries adopt auction systems? Imagine a company telling you, “Hey, you want to make some extra dollars by building this car or writing this piece of software? Name your price, and you’ll make some more cash.” What do you think of this bidding process? Read more before posting your comments. Techdirt carried a similar story back in Decemmber 2003, “Techdirt:Nurses Bidding On Their Work Schedule, Hourly Pay Rate. But it didn’t answer my basic question: what will happen if this process is adopted by other industries?”