The quick summary is it makes their life more difficult, especially for those with children. Key quote:
Volatile, nonstandard schedules are a becoming characteristic of low-wage employment, increasing the child care challenges of workers who already face significant barriers to accessing affordable, quality child care.
We've been following the shift towards the increasing use of on-call workers, just-in-time workers and nonstandard work schedules and we agree.
But we would add it's not low-wage employment that's increasing facing nonstandard work schedules. Jobs in general are experiencing the same shift.
This is part of a the broader labormetrics trend, which is the use of data and analytical software to optimize the use of labor.
This is leading to the use of advanced scheduling software to create a just-in-time workforce of folks whose schedules change day to day based on expected labor demand.
A side effect of this shift is increased use of part-time employees and contingent workers. These worker are much more easily scheduled than traditional full-time employees.
Already common in manufacturing and retail, advanced scheduling software and the broader use of labormetrics is quickly spreading to other industries. We expect the just-in-time workforce to continue to grow in the coming years.