Perspective from a Former Plant Manager

The Labor Dilemma 

As a plant manager, unit manager and departmental supervisor throughout my career, my day went something like this. Get to work early and assess the plans one more time before executing. Everything looks good, or at least the challenges are manageable – except for headcount.  We need 120 in production positions to complete the day without overtime and after call outs from full-time, I’m down to 113. Then, I move to my temporary staff positions which make up 15-20% of my team depending on the season which is about 18 folks, 8 of which are no shows or have yet to call and let us know their status.  Now, the team has to figure out a way to make up a 12.5% staffing deficiency through productivity and overtime, or not complete orders. This scenario occurs all too often, despite the variety of attendance policies promising to solve the issue.

And now, to make matters worse, we face arguably the most competitive job market in the United States.  Employees are changing jobs at a mind-blowing pace, walking away from full-time jobs with benefits and security for an increase in pay of less than $1 at times. For those not in full-time employment, many continue to circulate from unsuccessful position to unsuccessful position without the new hiring manager having transparency of past performance.  Employers are having to depend on a third party to assure them that the next person will have the values or work history needed to make them successful in their environment. However, we rarely (if ever) get to validate those claims.

The Veryable Solution

As a manufacturing and distribution manager, I always wanted to see behind the curtain. I wanted to see where that 15-20% of my labor force had worked and how they performed. I wanted an operational tool that gave me visibility and transparency to their background. I needed to access these folks on-demand, for a term that I needed, based on the reality of my production or forecast. I wanted all this and more… Access to this tool for myself and for my leadership team would be vital, giving me access to a labor pool and giving them the autonomy to “run their business”.

The good news is that this technology already exists!  Veryable has brought this tool to the marketplace and it is being used by early adopters in manufacturing and distribution in many states. Veryable’s digital platform is enabling businesses and workers to control their respective calendars according to their needs. Scaling to demand quickly, finding the right fit, and creating transparency in supply via “operator ratings.”  For operational leaders, providing a useful tool they can control as opposed to waiting on a third party is a breakthrough. For businesses, the proven cost-reduction in overhead expense and reporting toolkit is a welcomed change. For operators, Veryable provides the opportunity to take control of their career and develop skills and work experience, building themselves a reputation that precedes them wherever they go. With this, Veryable is driving personal accountability in the workforce like never before, which ultimately benefits everyone in the market.

Veryable is here now and it is being used by many leaders in manufacturing and distribution, changing the competitive landscape. To learn more about this operational tool that is challenging the status quo, go to www.veryableops.com.

 

Online Platforms Growing On-Demand Labor

Online Growth

Veryable offers a marketplace for on-demand labor that allows businesses and workers to connect. This use of a digital platform is similar to companies such as Uber, where a service is provided on-demand. According to the McKinsey Global Institute’s report, discussed in our previous blog, around 15% of independent workers have used an online platform to find work, but this number is growing. The benefits of using a digital shared labor pool are endless. The MGI survey gives us a few concrete examples of the benefits of an online platform.  

How will the market change now that the digital world is expanding?

Instantaneous

The internet allows companies and workers to explore work opportunities at the touch of a button. This connection is available, at any time, to any person, meaning that online platforms provide a larger reach. Veryable is available to anyone with a smartphone. Currently, we have work opportunities in DFW, Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and are expanding to west Texas and more. Have you downloaded it yet?

An online platform allows for real-time information. This increases efficiency and ability to match a business’s needs with a worker’s skills. You can input your skills in the app and keep your experience updated and relevant. Businesses can post for work opportunities in advance, or even for the next day. On-demand truly means any time.

Low Risk

The medium of an app can allow for a building of trust and relationships. Through online reviews of both businesses and workers, credibility is established through ratings and feedback from past experiences. Risk from both sides is low, especially through Veryable. On-demand labor allows for the length of work opportunities to be determined by the business, and for the worker to decide if they want to work that long before they bid. Ultimately, this builds an established labor pool of trusted workers for businesses. These labor pools consist of workers who have a proven track record of doing well at a particular business, and the business will invite them back consistently.

Low Cost

The cost for all parties involved is low. Veryable, as an online platform, only asks users for three prerequisites – a background check, tax forms, and bank information so you can get paid. There is no cost for users to explore and bid on work opportunities. Simply create a profile and have instant access to the platform. Businesses experience lower costs than using staffing agencies, including several other benefits we discuss here. Ultimately, everything is done online. Veryable is a solely online marketplace for work and business needs – no storefront required.

All you need is a smart phone and yourself, so get started today! Download Veryable from the App Store on Apple devices and the Google Play store on Android devices. If you have a business interested in what Veryable can offer, contact businesses@veryableops.com for more information. 

Smartphones are changing the way we work

Let’s face it, today mobile devices are integrated into nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Just think back to the last time you didn’t have a smartphone, or other mobile device with you? Can’t remember? And how often have you used your phone for work? The answer is probably more often than you think!

We’ve gathered some statistics to show how mobile is changing the way we work in today’s economy.

1.  On average, about 81% of adults in the United States have smartphones, and those phones are used on average about one hour and 39 minutes per day to consume media.

2.  Cellphone users touch their phones approximately 2,617 times in a day.

3.  In an average day, 40% of people use only their smartphone to perform an online search because it meets their immediate needs.

4.  Millennials beat all other age groups for smartphone ownership (77%), as well as time spent on them (over two hours per day).

5.  Smartphones are used daily by 87% of millennials.

6.  Generation X also has a big daily smartphone usage — 60% to be exact.

7.  Almost a fifth of time spent consuming digital media is for social networking, and 61% of these occurrences happen through a smartphone app.

8.  75% percent of U.S. users download at least one app daily.

9.  28% of Americans use a smartphone in their job search, and half of them filled out a job application from their phone.

Given these statistics, mobile is clearly here to stay, and your mobile device is no longer just for phone calls, but a tool for making our everyday lives easier. Think about how often you catch a ride, look up directions, or check your bank account on a mobile device. Having these resources in the palm of your hand can be an instant time saver. The convenience and accessibility that mobile phones offer is what we are all embracing.

That’s why Veryable has created the easiest way for you to look for work and get paid all through the convenience of an app. With our Veryable App, we are connecting millions of workers with millions of work opportunities and our operators absolutely love the concept!

Clearly the integration of mobile for finding instant work is having a lot of success and it has only started! With our technology you won’t regret switching from the old and inefficient job seeking ways to our convenient way of finding work instantly all through your Mobile Veryable App.

So if you’re ready to switch to a more modern approach of looking for work, join the Veryable platform TODAY. Download the mobile App from our website: www.veryableops.com.  You can also download directly from the Apple store or Google Play, or complete our Web Form if you’re away from your phone.  For any questions, please feel free to reach out to the Veryable recruiting team at (214) 310-0424.

Frequently Asked Questions for Business Users

We are pleased to announce that Veryable is growing quickly across the DFW metroplex!  Many businesses are already benefiting from the ability to scale quickly with Veryable on-demand labor – both increasing their top line growth and improving the bottom line with better labor productivity.

For both current business users and prospective businesses, we wanted to highlight a few frequently asked questions in this blog to help guide you through your on-demand journey.  For a complete list of FAQs, feel free to visit our website at veryableops.com/businesses-faq.

Are there any sign-up costs or obligations?

No.  Veryable is committed to delivering a productivity solution for businesses.  True to our name, we want to make sure that your costs only scale relative to the value you get out of the platform.  Not only are you not charged until the work is complete, you are not charged until you sign off that the work is done to your satisfaction.  There’s no obligation to use the platform after you sign up – it’s totally flexible for you to design a solution that works for your business needs.

Are there minimum or maximum usage requirements?

No.  Picking up from the question above, the Veryable marketplace is set up to give you the flexibility to design your own solution.  Some businesses use the platform to bring in 1 person a few days per week on an hourly wage basis.  Others bring in multiple operators per day on a piece work basis and vary the requirements based on the daily production variances.  The maximum number of operators may depend on your location and skills required, but this will increase as the Veryable operator pool continues to increase.

Are all the Veryable operators vetted and screened?

Yes.  Every one of our operators has passed a detailed background check.  The background check process certifies that each operator is over 18 years old, has felony free criminal record, and is legally authorized to work in the USA.  Operators are also given an interface to add their skills, past experience, and certifications, which are vetted through our resume screens.  Businesses have full visibility of every operator resume within a 50-mile radius and the ability to search for specific criteria through your business portal.

How do I know if my business could benefit from Veryable on-demand labor?

Veryable is set up to enable a wide range of use cases applicable to manufacturing and distribution businesses of various sizes, levels of operational complexity, industry sector, etc.  Ask yourself a few questions:

— Does my demand vary widely from week to week or month to month?

— Does my business struggle to respond to any variance from the sales forecast?

— Do I ever miss shipments due to capacity constraints?

— Do I have a growing past due backlog that I can never seem to address?

— Do my on-time delivery metrics seem to max out at 70% or below?

— Does my labor productivity vary widely based on the level of firm demand?

— Do I hesitate before hiring an employee because I don’t know what demand is going to be in 2 weeks? 2 months?

— Do I hesitate before firing an employee for the same reason above?

If your answers to any of the questions above are “yes,” your business should stand to benefit from Veryable on-demand labor.  Explore the possibilities by signing up at company.veryableops.com or reaching out to one of our sales representatives at (214) 530-2336.

For more information about the on-demand labor for manufacturing and warehouse applications, please view our website: www.veryableops.com.

Veryable Android App is here!

The Veryable Android App has arrived and is available for download now in the Google Play Store. After you download the App, your first step will be to fill out a profile and set up your account. Below are some guidelines to help you through the process.

The information in your Veryable profile will be the way you make yourself most marketable and get selected for the Ops you want. Companies that post Ops and select operators to fulfill those Ops will be looking for the best operators: those that have received great performance ratings from prior Ops and those that have the most relevant skills and experience. This set of guidelines intends to walk through some tips to make your profile as attractive as possible.


Start from your Account Menu

When you open your App, you should immediately see the Dashboard screen that shows all of the available Ops in your area. To access your Account and Profile information, click the icon in the top left corner of the dashboard and that will take you to your Account menu.


Step 1: Manage Profile

The 1st step is to make sure that your profile information is correct and up to date. From the Account Screen go to Manage Profile.  Aside from your name, this information is kept confidential and will only be used to make sure you get paid.


Step 2: Skill Level

The 2nd step is to describe your skills. This step is very important since this information will be visible to companies. We use four general categories for skills and you have the ability to describe your level of experience for each skill.

— Machining: manual machine operation, automated machine operation, washing, deburring, etc.
— Assembly: small subassembly, product assembly, reassembly/repair, etc.
— Warehousing: part stocking, pick-pack-ship, material handling, kitting, etc.
— Electrical/Test: point to point wiring, wire harness assembly, inspection, test equipment operation, etc.


Step 3: Tax Elections

The 3rd step is to select your tax preferences. There are two choices: you can elect to do all your tax withholdings yourself or elect to have Veryable withhold your taxes.


Step 4: Payment Methods

The 4th step is to input your bank information so we can deposit your pay when you complete Ops.  This information is kept completely confidential and secure.  You can enter either your bank account information or your debit card number.  Entering your deposit information is required before you can perform any Ops since we have to have a method to pay you immediately following the completion of the Op.  We will not be able to mail paper checks since we are committed to paying you for the Op that day.


Step 5: Background Check

The 5th and last step is to initiate your background check. This is also a mandatory step and must be completed before you can perform any Ops. It takes less than 5 minutes to complete and only requires some basic personal information. Similar to your bank information, your background check will be kept 100% secure and confidential. It will take approximately 2 days to process, so please initiate the background check as soon as possible so you do not have to wait long to get to work.

Once you enter your information, you will be directed to a couple authorization screens from our partner, which is the same service that Uber uses for background checks. You will be notified via email and through the App once the background check is complete.


If you have any questions about your account or profile, please reach out to us directly through the website (veryableops.com/contact) or call us at the numbers listed in the footer below.

For more detailed information refer to our FAQ page on the website: Veryable Operator FAQ