Note: The following questions and answers are a summary of a phone interview done with Alexis Xavier Rivas, Co-Founder & CEO of Cover Technologies, Inc.
Cover is a Los Angeles based company that uses technology to streamline the design and build process of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). Customers fill out a design profile and then an algorithm produces tailored blueprints. Including time for site survey and permitting, customers can get a Cover unit with exceptional design, functionality, and energy performance in as little as 5 months. Read about Cover in Fast Company.
Cover needed to scale their production team quickly, so they turned to us to find them qualified workers in a short amount of time. Cover has unique needs as a prefab home builder, and they trusted us to find capable workers at rates that made sense for their business. Over the past 5 months, we’ve continued to serve as a staffing resource for Cover – providing them workers while also reducing HR burden.
We were looking for people to start quickly. We didn’t have time to vet them properly, so we turned to Workyard. It was a convenient way to spin up hiring quickly.
We have hired assemblers through Workyard who are able to follow detailed instructions and put together homes according to specification. We have also hired apprentice level tradesmen that can do more specialized carpentry or electrical work.
We’ve been using the service for about 5 months.
Workyard helps us to meet tight production timelines by providing us qualified workers in a timely manner.
Workyard helps us to meet tight production timelines by providing us qualified workers in a timely manner. They have found us workers that can meet our unique business needs as a modular ADU builder.
It would be nice to have software to more easily track workers' hours and the exact tasks they are working on during those hours. It would also be nice to approve their hours through a dashboard rather than asynchronously through email.
We don’t have to worry about payroll, insurance, or HR onboarding paperwork. Additionally, Workyard has proven to be a talent pipeline for workers we can keep on long term.
Many of the workers that Workyard has sent to us have been incredible to work with. They take pride in their craft and are professional — showing up on time and working hard.
The coronavirus pandemic hit hardest on sectors that can not perform remotely, including construction. Unfortunately, many construction workers lost their jobs during this situation. "We have been extremely busy just helping people staff up their projects and get back to work as quickly as possible," said Nicolas De Bonis, CEO of Workyard.
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