Can technology replace the “human” in human resources? Emerging App of the year Weploy tackles the challenge of recruitment in finance. We interviewed CEO Tony Wu to congratulate the team and find out more.
Finding good quality staff has been a long time headache in the accounting industry. Outsourced solutions have attempted to tackle this problem, with varying degrees of success. When Weploy won the emerging app partner of the year award WhichAddOn decided to approach their CEO Tony Wu for an interview.
You won at Xercon this year: Emerging App Partner of the Year. This award recognises an up-and-coming app partner who demonstrates success through a commitment to design, customer service and technological innovation. How does it feel?
It feels great! It’s an absolute honour to be recognised by an Industry thought a leader like Xero, and we’re proud to be a part of the Xero ecosystem. Finding quality staff for short-term roles or projects has been a struggle that many in the accounting industry know all too well. But in the increasingly digital world of today, there is so more than just numerical acumen required to ensure successful accounting and bookkeeping teams. The Weploy platform is disrupting the traditional hiring methods and delivering an efficient solution for businesses to uncover skilled workers when they are in need, thanks to a seamless, non-biased and user-friendly process.
Why is this significant?
The win is hugely significant: both for Weploy as a company of course, but also because it shows a shift of thought in a typically (historically) traditional industry. The recruitment industry was designed for an era before our current digital capabilities and has been functioning inefficiently with too many variables for too long. When you consider also, that by 2020, the number of on-demand, freelance or contractors will more than double to over 7.6 million people; it is becoming harder and more complex to access talent, with all sorts of hidden costs and unfair margins. To have a (giant) like Xero recognise that the way people are working is changing and embrace a novel tech solution to a traditional problem is really exciting. We are building a marketplace that will shake up the industry – allowing businesses direct access to skills-matched talent pools, cutting out the middle person.
How did the company come about?
It all started when two of our founders, Nick and Vince found themselves facing the same problems in different fields of work. Vince was struggling to manage admin tasks and focus on growing his eCommerce businesses, whilst Nick owned a recruitment firm and realised the inefficiency of his own industry when his receptionist called in sick and he struggled to find a replacement in any urgency. I’d been thinking a lot about shaping a new future of work after becoming disillusioned with my own career in traditional recruitment so armed with our combined industry experience, and passion for user experience lead, purpose-driven projects, we set out to change the way that we look at employment. And so, Weploy was born!
You’ve been described as the Uber for recruitment. Is that accurate? How?
I agree with this on some levels – in that it is an efficient app that connects supply with demand, and (we hope!) it will change the way people hire in the same global way that Uber has changed the way we travel. But that’s where the similarities end really!
What’s your elevator pitch?
Our vision is to change the way we look at employment by creating the world’s best
community of on-demand staff. By creating a simple online platform that connects companies directly to pre-screened Weployees, we’re able to cut out the middle person and provide the fastest and easiest way to solve immediate staffing issues.
What are some typical questions and/or misconceptions about Weploy?
Since we’re trying to shift the way people think about hiring staff, there’s a lot of re-education that goes on. People are so used to the traditional way of hiring involving endless agency phone calls, hours of screening and interviews, the backlog that payroll creates… Often it isn’t until you show them just how easy it is to use our platform and have a job posted and filled before their eyes that they have a lightbulb moment. Seeing how simple it is combined with the quality of the candidates coming through lets them think of new ways they can use on-demand staff to drive productivity in their business.
Also, it is a common misconception that because our Weployees are managed through a platform, the quality is not as high as traditional agencies which is actually quite the opposite. By utilising technology, we’re able to put our Weployees through a 6 stage screening process, instead of the single round agencies do, to find high-quality people, consistently.
What are your plans for the next 12 months?
We’re growing at a great momentum at the moment which we want to continue building upon over the next 12 months. We’re also investing quite some effort in building out a richer product to provide our new and existing users better experiences.
What is something our readers might not know about Tony Wu?
That one of my biggest passions besides my awesome team is the energy and focus of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Which is lucky because my biggest weakness is…. Fried chicken!
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Current position: Co-founder and CEO
Education: Bachelor of Business @ RMIT
Hobbies: Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Eating. Great design.
Motto: Doing, not saying. Being, not wishing.
Advice to others: Don’t let fear get in the way of chasing what you want to truly do. It sounds cliché, but we really don’t have much time on this earth, so make every hour count towards living the life you want