Qeople (that’s pronounced “key-ple”, a mash-up of quality, key & people) blossomed out of Miranda’s and Jennifer’s different paths toward a shared realization about work.
It’s been frustrating to see companies struggle to find good hires and retain high-potential talent, while all-or-nothing jobs keep many great, senior-level people from growing their careers.
We sought out to change this.
Though at first glance Miranda appears to be a typical Silicon Valley workaholic entrepreneur, she is also the quintessential Qeople employer. As an exec in companies big and small, as a founder of tech and finance ventures, she’s become an expert at crafting creative schedule arrangements to retain and attract high caliber talent. And she’s seen again and again how traditional full-time employees and part-time professionals (even at the most senior levels) meld together to form strong teams.
Depending on the time of day, Jennifer appears to be a typical stay-at-home mother of three volunteering at school and on the sports field. She’s also the quintessential Qeople member who has built a successful alternative career on her own terms. She’s experienced the highs of engaging part-time projects and the freelancer hassles of continuous business development. And she’s not alone.
We were struck by how many talented people opt out of the workforce entirely, or grow frustrated freelancing, or stay in their jobs feeling bored and trapped because they are afraid to lose what little flexibility they’ve achieved. While Jennifer was immersed in the world of mid-career MBA’s and other professionals bemoaning the lack of meaningful work with greater flexibility, Miranda was most recently immersed in the staffing and in-house recruiting industry at Jobscience, sharing the acute pain employers feel with concrete pipeline leakage and the perceived ‘talent shortage’.
Retention & recruiting require a variety of career paths.
Our vision is that senior-level part-time work arrangements will open up new, highly-engaged talent pools for forward-thinking employers. It’s time to end the senseless waste of talent and the expensive waste of resources inherent in traditional recruiting. All people should have more options to grow in their careers while enjoying full lives.
Our work with Qeople led us to discover a new world of talented professionals who are, one-by-one, finding ways to structure non-traditional arrangements where they can do great work while leading full lives. We uncovered many more who hoped to achieve this goal but kept bumping up against workplace norms.
The positive message to employers is that you can truly differentiate with a talent strategy that embraces this population. We learned that individual founders, leaders, and CEOs come to this conclusion individually, on their own time, and only if it fits the culture of their organizations.
Companies are just beginning a long, slow path to change.
Although we are no longer actively operating our marketplace, we are watching for the time when conditions tip. We continue to promote and facilitate individual success stories, and we’d love to hear yours.