Does working for an on-demand company really allow for a more flexible schedule?
On-demand service companies like Uber, Lyft and Instacart promote themselves as employers that provide flexible schedules by letting employees choose when and where they want to work. This can enable them to set schedules after work, class, during a commute, etc. to make extra money.
Uber recruit’s employees based on the claim, “You can drive with Uber anytime, day or night, 365 days a year. When you drive is always up to you, so it never interferes with the important things in your life.”
Unfortunately, Uber drivers on dumpling have explained the realities of on-demand driving, which is that drivers experience anything but free schedules. One Uber driver in San Francisco, CA wrote,
“I only ever drive if I’m on my way somewhere, so I use the destination feature. It consistently takes me out of my way or the opposite direction and makes my trip way longer. If it’s not on the way don’t give me the ride.”
Instacart, an on-demand service where employees shop for and deliver groceries to customers, promotes that employees can “schedule work around your own life.” However, some locations take the driver miles outside of their preferred driving locations. An Instacart employee from San Francisco stated,
Another issue that prevents flexible schedules at on-demand jobs is surge pricing, which changes according to supply and demand from customers. Driving outside of surge times can lead to wasting gas on dead hours, when there are no customers. This means that in order to turn a profit, on-demand employees must follow the demand of surge times that occur infrequently and not during their desired work times.
According to CityLab, an online media site, this forces on-demand employees to only work during surge times because fairs at certain times are too low and they have a hard time finding customers.
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