Frequently Asked Questions
What is Werk?
Werk is a startup championing flexibility as the future of work. We’re now in the human era of work, where the companies that win put their employees at the center of everything they do. We enable the mass customization of the work day through our proprietary flex taxonomy, The Flexiverse™. The Flexiverse™ standardizes flexibility for the first time and powers our suite of flexibility solutions: our job board with pre-negotiated flexibility, our enterprise flexibility assessment tool, and our enterprise e-learning and certification program. Flexibility is a top need for everyone – but can disproportionately help women stay in the workforce and reach the C suite.
Are you a recruiter?
Nope, we don’t work directly with individuals to pair them with opportunities. Werk is tech-first solution that allows users to discover and apply for job opportunities in a new and exciting way: by types of flexibility. We like to say we provide the results of a recruiter for the price of a job board.
What is flexibility and why is it important?
Flexibility [flek - sə - ˈbi - lə - tē] noun. A set of agreed upon terms between employee and employer at the outset of an employment arrangement used to modify and enhance traditional work structures to better accommodate the changing needs of a modern workforce in order to create compatibility between the needs of the employee and the objectives of the employer.
The rules of work were decided a long time ago. In today’s global economy, it no longer makes sense for employees to work at in a single location for static hours. Many of the most talented employees in the market are disadvantaged by rules that do not reflect the needs or realities of a modern workforce—especially women, who continue to hold less than 5 % of top leadership positions across all sectors.
Today, flexibility is misunderstood. Flexibility is not a lifestyle perk; it is a strategic talent solution. Employees with flexibility are happier, more productive, and less likely to leave. While flexibility is good for all employees, it has the greatest impact on women, who are disproportionately affected by traditional workplace structures. Flexibility not only provides more opportunity for women, but it’s also a long - term strategic solution to reduce massive attrition and opt - out rates, helping to propel them into leadership positions over time. And that’s great news for companies, too. Because companies with meaningful numbers of women in leadership are 15 % more likely to outperform their peers.
Is Werk just for women?
No! Access to flexibility is a people problem, not a women’s problem. Women (I’m talking to you, working moms!) feel the need for flexibility most acutely because often they fail without it. That said, all employees benefit from flexibility, male and female. Equal parenting and gender-neutral access to parent-friendly programs is a key issue of this century. We welcome male members to our platform and in fact—fellas—we can’t do this without you.
By flexible jobs, do you mean gigs?
No, you won’t find any project-based or short-term opportunities on our platform. Werk focuses on career-building opportunities in order to advance and retain a diverse workforce. As an employee, this means not worrying about inconsistent revenue streams and having the ability to leverage social capital into your next promotion.
What kind of jobs will I find on Werk?
The jobs available on Werk include a wide range of industries, titles, and responsibilities. The one thing they all have in common? They’re career-building opportunities that will keep you on the leadership track on terms that are compatible with your life. On Werk, you’ll find jobs in finance, accounting, communications and PR, creative services, fundraising, law, marketing, operations, product management, sales and business development, strategy, and talent and culture. Our sweet spot is 6+ years work experience, with positions ranging from mid-level to executive roles.
What types of flexibility can I find on Werk?
We know that employers and candidates need clarity about flexibility in order to understand it strategically. That’s why we invented the Flexiverse™, a proprietary framework of flexibility to help you identify the types of flexibility you need. Learn more about the six types of flexibility here. Add our Flexiverse™ products directly to your job description or Werkforce profile, and filter job opportunities by flexibility type.
What is the Flexiverse™?
The Flexiverse™ is our proprietary framework of flexibility to help you identify the types of flexibility you need. You’ll find six types of flexibility on our site, and all of our job descriptions contain at least one. You can filter your search by the type(s) of flexibility you need in order to be successful, which means you’re only applying to jobs that are compatible with your life. And since it’s pre-negotiated upfront, that’s one less thing for you to worry about.
Learn more about the Flexiverse™ here.
Can you help me negotiate my flexible schedule?
Yes! Over the course of this year we’ll be rolling out resources and support to help companies and candidates negotiate flexibility. We’d love to keep you posted on these releases. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay in the loop.
In the meantime, we will do everything we can to support you. If you need help, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org we respond to every email.
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How can I get more involved with Werk?
We’re so excited and thankful you want to join our efforts as we work towards creating a better, more equal future for everyone. We can’t do this without you.
The easiest and most effective thing you can to show your support for this movement is become a member of our Werkforce and spread the word about what we’re doing. Tell us about companies that are doing great things. Connect us with writers and editors who might also support our mission. Follow us on Twitter,Facebook,Instagram. If you like us on the internet, we promise to love you back IRL. Or just shoot us an email and tell us about yourself. The most important thing is to keep the conversation going and never, ever get complacent. Now let’s #GetToWerk!