Finding a work-life balance is something of an existential hack these days. Freedom for choosing a conducive schedule, adequate weekly pay and landing in a quid pro quo work environment is almost tantamount to being a sweepstakes winner. Though discovering workplaces to call home is typically challenging for hourly jobbers in the modern economy, the visionaries at Shiftgig can help you get the shift that is right for your life.
Shiftgig is a mobile application marketplace with a simple mission: It connects hourly people who want to work with businesses who need them. This brainchild was begot by Eddie Lou, Jeff Pieta and Sean Casey in 2012, and grounded in Chicago where it immediately began to transform employment growth for what was a rather idle urban area. Since that time, the social media startup has not only assisted residents and businesses of the “windy city” to prosper from its state-of-the-art technology, but has expanded to all over the U.S. and abroad.
“Shiftgig is the easiest and most reliable way to fill on-demand shifts,” said Lori McInerney, VP of Marketing at Shiftgig. “We are extremely passionate about delivering technology that provides financial opportunity for workers seeking flexibility and choice, while delivering powerful business agility to companies.”
Toil No More
It used to be that hourly employment seekers would have to stand in line at traditional staffing agencies for a quick hiring process. But even then, it was something of a fiasco and for mostly undesirable work. Shiftgig’s mobile app pre-screens, assesses and examines it’s workers and, in turn, allows them the real-time capability to curate shifts that are appropriate for their talents and schedule.
“Shiftgig has transformed how work gets done for the gig economy,” decreed McInerney. “We offer our workers, who we call “Specialists,” choice in opportunities that match their personalities, skills and experiences, and they are the driving-force behind this new way of working.”
This revolutionary system for occupational placement has redefined today’s workforce. On a moment’s notice, companies can decide the logistics of their own labor, and with this kind of independent versatility at their fingertips, it can only make for a happier disposition on-the-job. That’s exactly why Shiftgig has grown to over 3,000 active specialists in the Chicago area alone and has offices in more than 10 U.S. cities.
Better Financials for Businesses
Every business wants to eliminate using the phrase, “It’s hard to find good help these days.” Hence, Shiftgig focuses just as much on employer’s needs as the employee’s. Topnotch candidate matching that doesn’t require immediate long-term commitment, or affect a company’s return, is beneficial. For this reason, more and more industries are turning to temporary staffing while trying to maintain the overall quality of candidate sorting.
McInerney continued by illuminating how this new way of working and vetting “affects how businesses think about talent acquisition, deployment, retention and development of workers. We offer them a faster, easier process to find high-quality workers on-demand via our mobile technology platform.”
Incidentally, such data-driven predictive intelligence comes at an reasonable price with no setup or monthly subscription fees. For on-demand, reoccurring or multiple shifts, and long-term engagements, clients only pay for what they use.
“It’s unlikely that all work needs to be done by a full-time employee, so using a gig worker, freelancer or independent contractor to complete certain tasks is valuable,” added McInerney. “Tapping into contingent labor helps businesses become more operationally efficient, and allows them to quickly flex their workforce up or down, depending on their needs without any impact on their bottom line. This is key for any business, but especially those who experience seasonality.”
Awarded Innovation Continues
Shiftgig’s mobile modernization of the staffing world has reaped them many deserved honors. Among initial accolades, like being on Business Insider’s “25 Coolest New Businesses in Chicago” and CIO’s “10 Hot Social Media Startups to Watch,” Shiftgig has continued to be recognized for their breakthroughs in the field.
Aside from numerous press mentions, they were named “Innovator of the Year” by HR Dive in 2017 and highly ranked on “Deloitte’s 2017 Technology Fast 500” listing. Additionally, their co-founder and chairman, Eddie Lou, was named to the “US Staffing 100” list for the second year in a row.
“We’ve made a lot of progress in changing the way people work, and we look forward to continue revolutionizing the way talent and businesses connect,” assured McInerney. “As the popularity of our workforce increases, it’s likely marketplaces will develop to service both the workers and the businesses who need them.”