Field Nation Study Reveals Independent Workers as the New Engaged Workforce in America

9.4.2014, Written by fieldnation

Independent contractors are three times more engaged in their work

MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 4, 2014 – Field Nation, a leading work platform connecting

organizations with independent contractors to get work done, today announced the

results from its inaugural survey of independent workers in the United States (small

business owners, freelancers and independent contractors). The new research was

conducted to track engagement levels of individuals and small business owners who

are classified as 1099 contractors.

Results from 846 respondents who completed the July 2014 questionnaire reveal

that 90% of independent contractors view themselves as deeply committed to the

work they do for their clients. Compared with full- and part-time W2 employees,

independent workers are three times more engaged in their work (30%1

This comparison between W2 and 1099 employees is crucial as the labor market

continues to shift toward the use of more 1099 or contract workers.

“The annual cost of a disengaged workforce has reached $550 billion in the United

States, and employers are starting to pay attention,” said Field Nation CEO Mynul

Khan. “Given more than two-thirds of W2 employees say they are disengaged in the

workplace, it’s clear that organizations can dramatically improve the quality of work

completed by hiring highly skilled, engaged independent contractors.”

Independent Workforce Survey Highlights

In addition, the 2014 study of independent workers revealed:

• 88% view themselves as highly engaged small business owners who chose to

do the work they are involved in.

• 97% are either satisfied or very satisfied with their jobs as independent


than W2 employees

“There are more than 40 million independent contractors in the United States,

but many organizations struggle to identify the right individuals who can help

advance their business,” said Khan. “Field Nation’s web-based platform breaks

down these barriers and helps organizations get work done. We’ve designed so organizations and contractors can connect, build

relationships and complete projects on time and on budget.”

About The Study

In July 2014, Field Nation invited nearly 10,000 independent providers to complete

a 10 question survey asking for input on questions related to their level of

engagement in the work they do; why they chose to be independent contractors;

and their level of commitment to the success of their clients’ businesses. More

than 800 respondents completed the survey, providing a baseline for independent

workforce engagement that can be measured again in future years.

About Field Nation

Field Nation ( is the leading online work platform for

connecting businesses and workers. Global enterprises to small local companies use

Field Nation’s self-service web portal to find, manage and pay contractors for any

specific job. The platform enables workers to spend more time working and enables

businesses to manage the right talent anywhere in the world, on demand. Field

Nation has more than 40,000 service providers in its network and serves businesses


 – Gallop, “State of the American Workplace: 2010-2012 Report”