As companies adapt to a world of distant working and isolation in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, they’ve a possibility to rethink how they function not simply over the subsequent few months however far into the longer term. While many workers are determining do business from home — different staff, from well being care professionals and supply drivers to builders and warehouse operators, might must work at a bodily place (or locations).
Canadian startup WorkJam is focusing on these staff with a “digital workplace” platform that spans a spread of industries. Today, WorkJam introduced that it has raised $50 million in a collection C spherical of funding led by Inovia Capital, with participation from Lerer Hippeau, Blumberg Capital, Harmony Partners, Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, and Claridge.
On the entrance line
Founded in 2014, Montréal-based WorkJam claims some 1.5 million frontline customers spanning 35 nations. The platform serves as a communication channel between headquarters and people figuring out within the subject, whereas additionally providing instruments for managing shifts and duties, clocking out and in, coaching, and surveying — all from a single cell app.
WorkJam claims some big-name prospects, together with Shell, Verizon, and Target.
The future of labor
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked appreciable debate about the way forward for work, and a few argue it will simply fast-track a movement that was already underway. While a lot of this shift includes white-collar jobs that require little greater than an web connection, folks engaged on the entrance traces have a rising array of choices, because of applied sciences akin to augmented actuality (AR) and distant video.
WorkJam suits into this wider pattern by minimizing the necessity for in-person conferences with a workforce that will work staggered hours in shifts at a number of areas. The platform permits administration to rapidly move info to hourly or contract staff who don’t have entry to an organization e-mail handle.
Other notable startups working on this realm embody Deputy, which raised $81 million 18 months in the past.
WorkJam had beforehand raised round $12 million, and with one other $50 million within the financial institution it mentioned that it’s going to additional develop globally, spend money on new hires, and pursue acquisitions. WorkJam has truly acquired two firms up to now 15 months: employee communication tool Peerio and on-demand staffing platform Forge.