Now hiring for one day: Retailers are embracing the gig economy

“I’ll show up, and the managers are like, ‘Thank you so much,’ like I’m doing something special,” Stallings said. (His temporary shifts have also led to a number of job offers, he said, though he’s turned them all down. “The freedom of working when I want to is worth all of the stress,” he said. And it helps, he added, that, at 25, he still qualifies for health insurance through his parents.)