TORONTO ─ Staffy, an on-demand marketplace with 30,000 skilled hourly workers, is shifting its focus during this COVID-19 crisis from hospitality to a range of other industries.
“We cut our teeth in hospitality so we know that line cooks, servers and dishwashers are some of the hardest-working and most-flexible workers out there,” says Staffy CEO Peter Faist. “We also know these same workers are the hardest hit by the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. That’s why we’re opening up our platform to help them find alternative work during these challenging times.”
Staffy is now offering its platform to senior-living centres, healthcare organizations, grocery and food distributors, as well as manufacturing, general labour and delivery organizations.
“Many companies are facing new challenges in the face of COVID-19. Some are faced with a reduced workforce as people self-quarantine. Yet others have seen incredible growth in demand for their services. Staffy can provide them access to the scalable workforce they need.”
By working with other industries, Faist’s hope is that Staffy can continue to support hospitality workers. Ninety-six per cent of Staffy workers typically work full-time and use the platform to supplement their income. Now, many of these people ─ with so many restaurants, bars and even hotels closing ─ are looking to find new ways to make additional income.
“We have a database of more than 30,000 workers from cities across North America who we have pre-screened and verified to work on our platform. We’re committed to them and their families during this time and are happy to assist any company or organization that needs their help,” says Faist.