“You tell us what you need and we make it happen,” explains Woody Klemmer, the co-founder and COO of Laborocity, a Philadelphia-based supplier of
Call it Uber for business or TaskRabbit on steroids, it
doesn’t matter. The year-old company just hopes project
and plant managers call when their warehouse suffers a fu
outbreak or needs extra hands for a big order rather than
spend several precious hours trying to handle it themselves.
“Traditionally, it takes weeks to fnd employees,” co-founder Joe
Barba says. “And manufacturers are already swamped today.”
When a manager faces a talent shortage due to call-offs
or an unforeseen incident, they usually have to post a job on
Craigslist or Indeed, wait to schedule and conduct interviews,
and then make the hires.
Manufacturers, construction companies, and warehouses
from New England to Philly have used the staffng site for material handling, industrial cleaning, HVAC, production, and offce
work. Unlike the one-to-one services of TaskRabbit and Uber,
you’re getting on average four to 16 workers for multiple days.
For the clients, the service—part of a growing trend of Labor as
a Service (LaaS)—eliminates the headaches involved with hiring.
Laborocity’s streamlined process takes about three minutes to
post a job (at no cost) and an account manager sees it within ten
minutes, day or night. Shortly after, the job is e-blasted to workers
who will start signing up and could be on the job the next day.
“Within an hour you can have relief,” Klemmer says. “It’s
about as fast as a Tylenol.”
The client also gets peace-of-mind with the actual product
they’re getting: the workers, which Laborcity refers to as Doers.
“We have a pool of very bright, polished, pre-screened college
age kids,” Klemmer says. “Companies see a lot of value in that
and have found a million different uses for them.”
Doers apply online and indicate their specialties and profcien-
cies and may receive a face-to-face interview with a recruiter.
The “intensive” background checks are paid for by the Doers as
well. Only 3% of applicants make it on to the system and they are
rated (fve-star system) at the job sites to ensure quality control.
The burdensome little details that come with hiring, from
payroll to taxes, are also handled by the service.
“I don’t have to manage all of the time-consuming aspects that
make a project run right, and anytime you can fnd a company that
can save you time on the job site, it becomes a golden ticket,”
says Rich Offto, senior project manager for MLP Builders. “Time
becomes the most precious commodity for the entire project and
Laborocity saves me days, sometimes weeks, on my projects.”
The temporary fx is also fexible, offering more or less workers
during the project’s high and low periods, as opposed to bringing
on new labor that might not always maximizing their potential.
“The complications with this are what to do with the manpower
during the slower periods?” Offto asks. “How do I run the
risk if I lay them off, lose them, or the manpower goes to
another company? When I’m using one of their Doers, I’m
actually not laying him off, but instead, I’m sending the
Doer back to his labor pool to be reassigned.”
“It happens all the time,” Klemmer says. “As much as
we want to keep the doers, it’s awesome if they can fnd
full-time job opportunities. The customers are psyched and
they always come back to us for more.”
Not every worker is mid-20s, hungry for any job. Some
Doers are in their ffties, and have been hired for business
process analysis, high end consulting in legal compliance,
“We realized we could put a lot of the workforce back to
work,” Klemmer says.
Since March 2017, the company has grown by 1,400%
and quadrupled its own workforce to 18. They currently
have 100% retention rate with clients and look to expand
to more regions. The company believes that with the
new tax cuts, stricter immigration laws and potential
$1 trillion infrastructure plan, their on-demand service
will be more in-demand than ever.
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