As we’ve seen, some startups are pivoting to re-model themselves for the radically completely different world of the COVID-19 pandemic. However others actually turned out to have a enterprise mannequin which, though they may by no means have realized it on the time, may need been (nearly) tailored-made for this period.
A captivating instance of that is SaaS market Juggle. Initially designed as a market to permit executive-level ladies to re-enter the world of labor in a versatile method after having a household, it later expanded right into a wider marketplace for anybody eager to work flexibly and for employers who want that type of workforce. However now, with the world of labor completely upended by the pandemic, ‘flexibility’ is actually now the secret.
It’s now disclosed its funding of $2.1 million from traders within the UK and the US. Traders embody various the UK’s main angels, and in addition contains Oxford Capital, Social Capital, and 7percent Ventures. The opposite traders are: Andrew Gault (who backed Oculus), Andreas Mihalovits (a serial investor), Andrew J Scott, (who backed Magic Pony), Charlie Kemper (backed Casper), Charlie Songhurst, Curtis Chambers (early Uber worker), Pip Wilson (entrepreneur and investor), Rajiv Kapoor (East coast investor).
With many companies shifting to versatile working preparations, whether or not meaning distant work, part-time, or shared roles, Juggle connects them with professionals that aren’t the standard ‘9-to-5’ kind individuals.
Flexibility at work can cowl the time somebody works, the placement, or the sample, reminiscent of a job share. Beneath the UK Employment Act of 1996, there’s a statutory proper for any eligible worker to request versatile working, for any motive, if they’ve been with the corporate for at the least 26 weeks. So Juggle is pushing at an already open door. A 2019 report from Aviva discovered that one-fifth of UK staff gained’t ask for flexibility as a result of they’re satisfied will probably be refused, and 35 p.c aren’t comfy asking their employer for extra flexibility. However greater than a fifth of staff have modified corporations or departments to seek out higher flexibility, and nearly half would contemplate switching if the brand new function was extra accommodating to their work/life wants. So having a platform they will go to means Juggle is more likely to choose up loads of these professionals who don’t wish to work in another method.
Professionals join the service, and recruitment instruments permit them to schedule and hold monitor of job functions, and training and assist can be found. Juggle additionally offers ‘good matching’ and the mandatory paperwork to permit for these versatile roles. Companies utilizing Juggle to seek out the precise candidate are vetted prematurely to make sure that they embrace flexibility, so each employers and staff know what they’re getting.
Based by former headhunter Romanie Thomas, a core mission for Juggle, she stated, is to see ladies in 50 p.c of enterprise management roles by 2027. Since launching in 2017, Thomas stated 62 p.c of all placements made by Juggle have been feminine.
Thomas stated: “As a profitable former headhunter I used to be inserting senior executives, and I noticed distinctive staff leaving work to have a child and struggling to get again in. Companies handed on good candidates as a result of they had been uncomfortable with bespoke preparations… Staff aren’t asking for something revolutionary, simply to have the ability to work in a means that’s best and productive for them. Flexibility allows individuals to maximise their vitality and expertise, and that’s an enormous profit for employers as soon as they notice it.”
Juggle has gathered a large set of corporations which might be utilizing its B2B platform, and shoppers now embody Reallife Tech, Hopster, Hubble, and White-Hat.
Andrew Gault, Founding Companion at 7percent Ventures commented: “The present pandemic can have a long-lasting impact on the way in which we work. We had been already getting ready to a severe shift, and Juggle was forward of the curve. Now as extra employers and staff have a look at versatile working preparations, Juggle is completely poised to assist match companies with the precise expertise and supply its in depth information to make successful of versatile work. Information exhibits that extra flexibility is sweet for everybody, and will have a monumental affect on the gender hole, as extra exceptionally gifted ladies will be positioned into senior roles.”
Talking to TechCrunch, Thomas added: “The entire firm was born out of my private frustration and lack of girls in enterprise management, which I noticed firsthand as a headhunter. Firms appeared to have a revolving door of males. However versatile working is crucial to reaching gender parity. With Juggle, the phase we’re speaking about is non-technical which is usually untapped by tech platforms. There’s a possibility for a product to create this expertise the place professionals can thrive of their versatile working careers. The difficulty shouldn’t be actually a feminine one it’s a human one. But when we simply concentrate on ladies all we’re doing is entrenching gender roles.”
She stated Juggle goes after the standard recruitment trade which has not tailored to the trendy workforce: “The issues that we’re dealing with for a future workforce… should be solved by means of a know-how platform, and never by not the legacy industries which have created [the problems] within the first place.”
I actually don’t suppose we’ll see the tip of startups attacking these incumbent industries left behind by the pandemic, or by outdated attitudes to gender and variety.