Vanessa Tierney, Co-Founder of Abodoo, a platform that connects companies with people looking for remote or flexible roles, explains why her company’s motto is ‘Life is a journey, not a commute’.
How did the idea for Abodoo come about?
Like most ideas, Abodoo came from necessity. I fell ill so was unable to commute but could still work so established an agency remotely running a team from other countries.
I could see that there was no job site catering for professionals who wanted to work remotely, whether it be from home, a local hub or a hybrid of both.
Following some conversations with the IDA it was clear that there was a real opportunity to establish such a platform, that would capture skills and automatically match people with companies embracing the future of work.
Amongst the positives of choosing to go remote with your workforce is that your team will be between 10 and 20 percent more productive
What was the initial reaction from the companies you approached, and have attitudes towards flexible working in Ireland changed over recent years?
Immediate access to great talent is a big problem that many companies are facing. Assessing stacks of candidate CVs, that don’t match the requirements of a role, is a big set back from most HR teams.
There are two camps, there are those that fully understand that this is a revolution, and that to stay ahead in business, you need to embrace it.
Amongst the positives of choosing to go remote with your workforce are that your team will be between 10 and 20 per cent more productive; there is 40% less attrition; there are lower overheads; and with Abodoo, there is immediate access to a much wider talent pool.
What is more, companies can eliminate the need for additional office space. For large businesses, this could be a saving of €1 million in hires on average for 100 employees. There is a carbon footprint reduction by 4.7 metric tonnes per commuting employee.
Then there are those who are sitting on the fence and apprehensive about the transition, which I would say is just generally down to the lack of information that is out there, but this is changing.
There are positions with salaries ranging from €25k right up to €180k to be filled, so we have roles for all ages and experience.
How many companies are posting positions on Abodoo at any one time and what are the most sought-after arrangement in terms of flexible working?
We have a whole range of employers registering roles on Abodoo.com on a daily basis. The most popular arrangements for multinationals are fully remote, and for indigenous companies it tends to be a mixture of home and hub.
Which sectors are most amenable to flexible working options and who is looking for this type of flexibility?
Information technology, Finance and Customer Services are some of the top roles on Abodoo.com.
With fibre broadband, technology advancements and better mobile reception we are seeing a full range of diverse roles going remote – you would be surprised! For example, the legal industry traditionally was firmly office-based, but we are now seeing lots of roles going remote.
The age range of applicants is mostly 25 to 55 year olds, although we have found that we a have a lot of very experienced graduates registered. There are positions with salaries ranging from €25k right up to €180k to be filled, so we have roles for all ages and experience.
That said, at Abodoo we are very agile and if we have a large group of people register with a certain skill set we will proactively target employers in that sector to register their roles so good matches occur.
What is key is that every time a person creates their profile they input every skill they have as this allows the algorithm to do smart matching.
I encourage every company in Ireland to employ just one remote worker as that will represent a 1.1m metric ton reduction in emissions and an average saving of 4.7m ton per year for every commuter taken off the road
What are the next steps for Abodoo?
We’ve seen a very positive response from both businesses and companies in Ireland since launching in September 2017. We will launch in the UK in the coming months followed by a structured launch in the USA, before looking to the rest of the world.
There are a number of partnerships we will be establishing within technology, broadband and finance that support the remote working model. We will also be launching our mission to support the environment and encourage every company in Ireland to employ just one remote worker as that will represent a 1.1m metric ton reduction in emissions and an average saving of 4.7m ton per year for every commuter taken off the road. I would love to see Ireland championing smart working on the global stage.
What do you see as the key trends for flexible working in Ireland in 2018?
We are at the very start of a revolution similar to that of 100 years ago. I foresee employers starting to implement their ‘Work From Home’ (WFH) policies. Our motto is ”life is a journey not a commute”. With trust and learning, I can see an increase in people being empowered to work from where they want to.