Ditch Conventions and boost output. THe CEO of FLexCareers on the Power of Flexible Working.
Employers who resist the tide of change – i.e. refuse to embrace flexible working – not only miss out on the advantages of greater gender diversity, they limit the size of their talent pool, according to Natalie Goldman, the CEO of Sydney-based tech startup FlexCareers.
Boasting a community of 75,000 job candidates, FlexCareers – an online platform that matches job seekers with employers offering flexible work – is used by more than 950 business. Critically, its fan base includes a number of big-ticket, paying clients – notably, Lendlease, Commonwealth Bank, Deloitte, Wesfarmers, Macquarie Group, Medibank, AGL, nbn, Origin Energy, PWC, KPMG, EY, Aurecon, AECOM, Stockland, Bankwest, Vodafone, Bank of Queensland, Viva Energy, Cbus, Coca Cola, AMEX, Ashurst, Allens and Baker & McKenzie.
Since Goldman came on board as CEO in July, last year, FlexCareers’ revenue has been increasing month on month, with the company now on track to annualise $1 million by the end of the financial year. To unlock growth, FlexCareers have raised $1.5m in angel and seed funds, and – Goldman revealed – there are plans to raise a further $3 million by June 2018 to strengthen the company’s position in Australia and New Zealand and launch it further abroad.
DB: Has being a Heads over Heels portfolio CEO assisted?
Goldman: Heads over Heels has opened many doors for us via introductions to key influencers, decision makers and investors. Prior to Heads over Heels, I’d never been to an event or been involved in a community where the sole purpose of each member was to assist in the growth of my business and others – it’s humbling and overwhelming to have such energy poured our way.
My first pitch presentation to the Heads Over heels community was only a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve struggled to keep up with all the connections made, including follow-up meetings arranged! Fortunately, I get support from the team at Heads Over Heels, which helps me stay afloat on the sea of opportunities – in time, I’ll convert them into business growth. It has been (thus far) an incredible experience and it is only just the beginning – just watch this space.