Too many and too few people? How companies can respond to Corona challenges.

Headminer recently joined HR Tech Valley as a Startup Member.

Press Release - March 19, 2020

We ended up in a situation that few people were prepared for (and many still aren't). The impact of the Corona outbreak on our society and economy is enormous. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly clear that 'business as usual' is not getting it - so too for companies and the self-employed. But where one company begs for staff, the other can't engage them. How do we answer this?

The world in change

Health is of course the first concern. The measures that come with it are urgent and necessary. At the same time, they also have an impact on our livelihoods. In these challenging times, it is important that people help each other where necessary. So must companies and the self-employed. Because they too are struggling: consumption falls back, supply chains are severely disrupted, and orders are postponed. On the other hand, there is enormous pressure on crucial sectors and professions in, for example, care, transport, emergency shelter, the food chain and information supply.

A flexible labour market

An acute reallocation of workers is therefore necessary if we are to keep society going and ultimately restore the economy. This requires creative solutions in matching supply and demand. Not only within sectors, but also between sectors. By making it easier for staff to exchange positions, we can offset the labour shortage in vital sectors with the workload elsewhere. In China, where the worst seems to be over now, they are doing this. For example, employees from more than 40 restaurants, hotels and cinemas that saw their sales plummet have been freed up to share manpower with supermarket chains to meet demand for delivery services.

Community is king

"The key lies in creating a community between companies to match supply and demand between different sectors" — says Bram Verstraeten, the 30-year-old who founded Headminer last year with Alexander Strobbe — "this is an important role for technology to temporarily exchange and manage staff more quickly, easily and flexibly. Applicants should be able to place clearly defined assignments that other companies can sign up for. Build an open network in which companies always have full privacy and autonomy from negotiation to contract. "

We want to help

Headminer has specifically developed a platform for this, focusing on essential treatment: medical and care provision, construction and installation, production and industrial services, logistics, catering, retail and security. Both placing and finding qualified staff in these sectors will be a major challenge. As part of the developments of the last few weeks, we have decided to make the platform available free of charge for 60 days.

The willingness of companies and self-employed persons to join forces and help each other where possible is what Headminer wants to facilitate. We would therefore like to invite all companies operating in these sectors to be a part of this.

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ounder Bram Verstraeten saw the problems with temporary staff already increasing in the industrial sector a few years ago and started Headminer with Alexander Strobbe in August of 2019.