Workstream’s text-based system makes it easier and faster for managers to recruit qualified candidates. You can also extend its capabilities as it connects to over 25,000 job boards.
Workstream is a hiring and onboarding system built specifically for blue collar workers — especially hourly workers. Bearing that in mind, we expected to see some simplicity, and simplicity we saw with Workstream. The app provides a broad range of options for candidates to apply, ranging from QR codes to two-way texting.
The text messaging feature is perhaps the most interesting. Applicants can simply send a text to apply from their phones. The entire application process can take place via text messaging as well. Only when the hiring process gets to the onboarding stage will the candidate be required to use the mobile application to attend interviews and submit their letter of appointments.
Things are pretty easy on the manager side of things too. Managers can access every recruitment-related function of the software on both desktop and mobile, so they are always involved in the hiring process no matter where they are. To be able to access more integral functions such as analytics, the user can always refer to the web app. The cool thing about both the mobile and web app is that they synchronize; meaning any changes you make on one will always reflect in the other almost instantaneously - creating a flexible hiring ecosystem for busy managers with not-so-flexible schedules.
The core workflow involves little steps that culminates into three processes — sourcing, screening, and onboarding. For the first part of your recruitment process, you would want to get your openings out there to as many applicants. Workstream helps you do that with a custom-made digital job board and a hiring poster you can send to your social media pages. Managers can then follow-up on any application from the mobile app.
We really appreciate the partnerships Workstream has set up with popular job boards like Indeed, Glassdoor, Ziprecruiter, and Facebook jobs. This means your job postings automatically get published on these websites (about 14 of them) immediately you hit send. Moreover, you have the option to post to as many as 25,000 other online job boards and add any website of your choice to the list. The company is constantly working on new partnerships to increase their reach so we expect this number to increase over time.
After sourcing your candidates, you will want to make sure the right ones are being funneled in and that is one of the areas in which Workstream excels. From the mobile app, employees will be mandated to answer compulsory questions depending on how you set the system. If a candidate does not give the preferred answer, they will be automatically disqualified. This little feature saves everybody a lot of time.
From what we can infer, most customers are satisfied with the platform. It has saved as much as 80% of the time some of their customers invest to hire the best candidates for their businesses. For others, the software has done well to keep their outlets fully staffed even during the covid pandemic.
Workstream will not be a good choice for companies looking to recruit professional, desk, managerial, or administrative workers.
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Workstream integrates with a staggering 25,000+ online job boards as well as other tools to help with background checks, like Chekr, and Zapier for connection to 5,000 other applications.
Workstream offers two flexible plans with the option to pay for additional features. The actual cost of the plans are not listed, you will have to contact their sales team to see what works for you. The two plans are:
Workstream is best for businesses that have high volume recruiting needs for roles such in retail and restaurants.
Workstream assigns a client onboarding specialist to get your account all set up. If you need to reach them for additional support, you can do so via a phone number and email provided on their website. They have also provided blogs and eBooks you can reference to learn more about the software and general hiring practices. They sometimes host webinars to educate Workstream users about the latest hiring trends.
Desmond Lim founded Workstream after graduating from MIT. Before that, he used to own a restaurant back in Singapore which he opened to support his college ambitions. During his time in the restaurant industry he discovered a problem — he was always short-staffed and frequently in need of new hires. Juggling that with his busy schedule of keeping the business running was even more of a drag.
In 2018, he partnered with two other co-founders, Lei Xu and Max Wang to build Workstream. His aim? To solve the problem he experienced while running his restaurant in Singapore. Which he has successfully done with Workstream. They have managed to raise $58 million in two rounds of funding. They currently serve more than 10,000 top brands including IHOP, Subway, McDonalds, and Taco Bell.