On-demand labor, military talent are resources for employers

On-demand workers and military talent are two labor resources available to employers in Hancock County and across the state.

Both topics headlined a Human Resources Group Lunch & Learn organized by the Hancock Economic Development Council at Hancock Regional Hospital on May 25, 2023. Representatives of Veryable and INvets addressed an audience of about 20 local HR and business leaders.

Veryable is an on-demand marketplace for manufacturing, logistics and warehousing labor. The service connects businesses with workers and connects workers with immediate access to work, the ability to control their own schedule, opportunities to build new skills, and next-day pay.

Josh Mote, Director of Partnerships – Midwest for Veryable, explained that employers use a computer platform to seek and recruit operators for work they need done and lack the labor for. Operators pursue work via a mobile app. Businesses can rate operators and build a list of favorites for future projects.

Josh Mote, Director of Partnerships – Midwest for Veryable, speaks at a Hancock County Human Resources Group Lunch & Learn.

Mote emphasized that the service does not set out to replace full-time employees, but rather connect employers with flexible, on-demand workers they can pay for as needed.

One advantage Veryable has over temp agencies, Mote continued, is that workers represented by them are often looking for full-time work, whereas Veryable operators are not.

INvets is a nonprofit public/private partnership with the state of Indiana that sets out to attract, retain and cultivate the state’s veteran workforce. Brian Evans, Outreach & Partnerships Manager for INvets and a Hancock County native, said military members bring countless transferrable skills as they prepare to leave the service and enter civilian life.

Brian Evans, Outreach & Partnerships Manager for INvets, speaks at a Hancock County Human Resources Group Lunch & Learn.

Evans added that when he speaks with employers, they are often surprised to learn about the military talent available to them and that most service members are engaged in roles not directly related to combat activities.

Jenny Weidner, Director of Human Resources for Hancock Health, also spoke at the luncheon about the healthcare provider’s new Well-Being at Work employer-based clinic and the benefits it offers to employers in the area.