“Flexible hours” doesn’t mean what it used to. In the past, the term was used by employers to indicate that a 9 hour work day could either be 8-4 or 9-5. It used to mean that taking an extra half-hour for lunch would be okay, sometimes. Employers used to dangle the possibility of flexible hours only for high-powered executives who needed to have the flexibility for all of their “thought work.” Suffice it to say, it doesn’t mean those things anymore. In an era of anywhere and anytime telecommuting and time-shifted outsourced micro-tasks (read: Mechanical Turk), “flexible hours” means that moms can do important work from their homes. It means that families don’t have to make a choice between putting food on the table and going to the choir concert. It also means that recruiting has been disrupted, in a huge way.
The company at the forefront of the Flexible Hours revolution is the appropriately named, Mom Corps. While not catering only to working moms, this innovative recruiting firm has established itself as not only the premier place to gather talent seekers and providers, but also as a powerful franchising opportunity for those who want to do the gathering. Over the past three years, they were the 15th fastest growing company in the nation within the Human Resources field. This rapid growth and commitment to providing opportunities for engaging work has had profound effects on everyone the company works with. Those getting back into the workforce after taking care of children or those simply looking for a more flexibility in their careers have found a one-stop-shop to fulfill their needs.
Even though the concept of a “Virtual Job” is still new, Mom Corps has embraced this approach to joining a company team. They have placed so many qualified people in these kinds of positions that more and more companies are looking to them for partnerships and other Human Resource relationships. We believe that Mom Corps can leverage this kind of partnership in increasingly more beneficial ways. One option would be to draw inspiration from an innovative coworking startup called Desks Near Me.
It is their mission to allow the most flexible workers (freelancers and “contract creatives”) to find a place near them to work near other people and enjoy the benefits of an office. From their front page, you can refine your search for such a workspace by location, cost and amenities. What if Mom Corps took this model and allowed employers to post their workplaces and unfilled job positions so that those who are looking for work could find filter according to their needs? What if they allowed potential employees to move a slider for number of hours desired, compensation or even time of day? It would not only empower those employees to make the best choices, but it would also allow employers to show off their flexibility and only get the most qualified and choosiest candidates.
Clearly, Mom Corps has a model that is generating a huge amount of interest, both from franchisees and from partner businesses. We hope they continue their meteoric climb as they push the boundaries of what is possible in a modern workplace.