ShiftPixy is a new kind of app that allows businesses to have any available shifts filled by any available worker. The system is a type of solution to the modern-day gig economy. Essentially, it ensures people who wish to work shifts can do so while at the same time making sure employers have all the work completed. For this, a unique ecosystem has been developed.
The ShiftPixy Ecosystem
The process has been designed to enable businesses and workers to connect to each other. The employee of making an open call, at which point they enter the Shifter network, which is where all the shift workers (called ‘Shifters’) are registered, and they broadcast the shift they have available.
The system works in real time. This means that as soon as the open call is made, responses can be received in real-time as well. The employer will set certain parameters that the shifters need to meet, and they can then put themselves forward to that. The employer can then review the messages they have received.
Once responses are being received, the employer can check the credentials of any Shifter they feel could be hired for the open position. These are all listed in the system and provide an extra safeguard to make sure only the right people are accepted for the job. ShiftPixy focuses strongly on compliance, which is why credentials can be trusted.
Once an employer has listed their job, received the responses, and verified the credentials of the responders, they can simply approve the application and confirm the shifter is able to complete the work. It really is that simple and ensures it is a win-win situation for everybody involved.
Some people do not like the concept of the gig economy, feeling that it is a way to take advantage of workers because they are not given permanent contracts. However, a lot of people actually prefer non standard arrangements for their employment. They like to be able to work as and when they can and as and when it’s convenient for them.
The app, therefore, is designed to help those people who wish to participate in a gig economy. It allows businesses to become more engaged and, in some cases, can even lead to permanent employment contracts. Shifters know that when they register for the app, they will only be able to apply for shift positions and they do not have unrealistic expectations. Similarly, an employer cannot expect anyone who completes a shift to also be interested in a more permanent position. This is why it is a win-win situation, since only those were interested in this method of working will take part in it.
The gig economy is a 21st century way of working. Employers can, even at the last minute, decide that they need someone else to come in, sometimes even just for a few hours. Thanks to apps such as this ShiftPixy, they can help ensure that those positions are filled in a way that is convenient for the workers as well.