The Bigger Picture
Rick Wehrle and Mike Seidle reached out to me a couple of years ago with a new approach to online job search.
Rick, co-inventor of the first job board, Online Career Center (OCC), which later became Monster.com, had worked in the job advertising industry just about his entire career. He not only created the some of the first technology, but he had also headed analytics teams that examined troves of online job search data.
Rick and Mike worked at Direct Employers developing the National Labor Exchange. They sifted through data to see how people really searched for jobs, and they saw a much bigger picture.
Rick and Mike learned:
- Location is the way people search for jobs.
- No one had solved the mobile candidate experience.
- No new HR tech focused on the worker market in 15 years.
We decided to build a gps-powered social network app that serves the wage-earning worker—the majority of the workforce.
GPS-powered mobile devices changed what and how information can be provided to people—and people like it! Mobile device usage now exceeds desktop computer usage worldwide.¹ Mobile users do not use the same applications they use on their desktops. Instead of word processors and spreadsheets, mobile users are using geo-apps. Apps like Zillow, Uber, Waze, WhatsApp, Airbnb and Pokemon Go are just some of the thriving geolocation-powered platforms that people interact with every day.
Let’s admit it, the current job boards and networks have failed to take advantage of this new technology!
WorkHere is different.
WorkHere is the latest HR technology. It’s a social app that instantly connects workers to nearby employers through its geolocation-powered, map-based interface. WorkHere is the only tool on the market that is GPS accurate when it comes to job locations—meaning it is the only tool that is hyperlocal. Zip codes cover too large an area when you are walking, riding a bike, or taking public transportation to work. WorkHere knows that location matters.
WorkHere knows that helping local workers connect to local employers is a win-win situation.
Workers who work close to home experience a whole range of benefits:
- Reduced commute time and cost
- Greater job satisfaction
- Greater quality of life
Employers who hire local workers also experience benefits:
- Reduced turnover
- Greater employee satisfaction
- Less absenteeism
Goodwill of Central and Southern Indiana became one of WorkHere’s very first customers because they already understood the importance of engaging with their local talent communities. They state, “80% of employees that stay over five years live within two miles of work.”
Empowering Workers and Employers
Our WorkHere team is devoted to creating greater opportunity for workers and employers alike.
We understand that the worker majority works to live, not the other way around. We understand that employers want satisfied, happy workers with little turnover. We know that hiring workers from local talent communities is the answer. We work continually to evolve our powerful discovery tool that enables workers and employers to explore, build, connect, and share so they can create meaningful work-life relationships.
Howard Bates is CEO and Cofounder of WorkHere. Prior to joining WorkHere Howard served as CEO for SmarterHQ, President of Kratos Defense Systems, Founder and CEO of Haverstick Consulting and Chairman of Elevate Ventures.