As a small business that's growing fast, the biggest challenge Ryan and his team face day to day is Time. The executive team are all wearing many hats and doing multiple roles day-to-day so resource had been a key constraint for the business. Being pulled into different directions, Ryan recognised his team were losing focus and running out of time to do what they were actually employed to do. So after meeting one of Weploy’s founders through the Startup community, he decided to sign up and give it a go for a particular project they were struggling with.
Ryan had his reservations at first. How was this new person going to fit with the team? Being a tech company, how long would it take to pick up their platforms and processes? Familiar with the traditional interview process, Ryan was sceptical about skipping that entire piece of the hiring puzzle. Nevertheless, he went ahead and posted the job. Weployee Anton accepted in seconds and within half an hour, he had picked up the systems, slid straight in and was even having a bit of banter with the team.
“I mean, I’m not lying it was literally 30 seconds!”
He fitted in almost straight away. Culture wise, “he was fantastic, asking all the right questions and just slotting in. So the whole process from going ‘Yeah, ok let’s push the button’ to finding a candidate, was literally a couple of minutes, it was very impressive” VidCorp had allocated a timeline of two weeks for the project…but Anton came in and completed it in three days.
As a small business owner, trust is a big factor for Ryan and the time drained on police checks and background research for new hires was a massive turnoff when considering the possibility of temp staff support.
“Knowing I’ve got someone coming in who I can trust, having already been through all those relevant checks, is critical for peace of mind”
Whilst Vidcorp continues to grow from a tech perspective and looks to expand into other regions, the time pressures on Ryan’s team are only set to increase. “Moving forward, we’d love to get Weployees involved” Since hiring his first Weployee, Ryan now feels much more confident to hire from the Weploy talent pool of on-demand staff to help them scale. “My key hires will always be full time, but I think having a Weployee come in a few days each week to help take care of some of our other, ongoing work will really help me leverage my core team, freeing them up to focus on that strategic thinking I need them for most”
“There’s still a bit of an old-school mentality about temporary staff – whilst it’s totally normal for the hospitality industry, the corporate world has been a little slow to catch up. I would advise any other small business owner like myself to just go for it.”
It’s a problem we’re finding ourselves faced with more and more frequently. One of our Weployers hires a Weployee through the platform for a few hours, a couple of weeks or months, and like Kate Winslet to a slowly, tragically dying Leonardo di Caprio hanging onto a fragment of the majestic Titanic vessel in the North Atlantic Ocean - they just can’t let go. Our pool of Weployees are so talented, the teams of people they work with often find they have made themselves indispensable, and they come to us time and time again crying: “I just can’t let my Weployee go!”
When he’s not busy running around Fitzroy Gardens, or one of his four children, Robert is mentor and writer for Startup Smart, a committee member at Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and is involved with numerous startups working with tech incubators and VC’s. Robert has extensive experience working with enterprises and small businesses in varying industries, and a passion for delivering value and savvy financial structuring at all levels of operation.
One of the biggest problems small business owners experience is lack of time. At Krigsman, we’ve identified a few ways of operating that are essential for us to achieve our overall goals and objectives and ensure we are working as efficiently as we can with our clients.
Wife. Mother. Ex-Premier League Basketballer, regional Volleyballer and part-time illustrator… It’s a wonder Lottie Laws has any time for anything else but as Head of Video for Twitter Australia, she is responsible for pushing video solutions and ideation forward to meet the needs of Australian and International advertisers. Based in Sydney for almost 5 years, Lottie previously lived in the UK where she led International Advertising for iTunes/Apple Music at Apple and prior to that leading the digital marketing at luxury heritage brand Mulberry. With what can only be some kind of superhuman magical power, she found the time to present to the guests of World Forum Disrupts’ Women of the Web event on Diversity in Leadership and the effect it has on Emerging Talent. Did we mention she was also expecting her second child at the time? Needless to say, this chick has some tips and tricks up her (wizards) sleeve, which we’d like to pass on to you.