On-Demand Staffing Platform Forge Becomes Part of WorkJam

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WorkJam, a provider of workforce management tools, said it acquired the on-demand staffing platform Forge. It’s the company’s second acquisition in the last 18 months.

The previous acquisition was of Peerio Technologies, a provider of employee communication software with secure messaging and file-sharing technology. That transaction closed in January 2019. At the time, WorkJam said the deal was part of a continuing effort to build a complete enterprise-class digital workplace platform. Peerio added secure live chat to WorkJam’s existing package, as well as document- and content-sharing capabilities.

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WorkJam focuses on creating tools to manage and engage front-line employees in areas such as healthcare, retail, hospitality, food service, and distribution and fulfillment. Forge provides staffing and training features for shift-based workers. Through the acquisition, WorkJam said it’s “deepening its investment” in thought leadership, flexible scheduling and schedule self-service.

WorkJam’s ‘Good Fit’

WorkJam CEO Steven Kramer said the companies’ visions about the future of work made them a good fit. “Together, WorkJam and Forge will continue to transform how companies are managing and engaging their frontline workforce,” he said.

Forge co-founder and CEO Stacey Ferreira will become WorkJam’s director of digital workplace. Before starting Forge, she created MySocialCloud, a password storage and SSO technology that was acquired by Reputation.com in 2013.

WorkJam released a new Task Management module in January, which helps employers manage their frontline workerforce’s operations and experience. The functionality provides consistent workflows to field teams, monitors the completion of tasks and audits, aligns training to specific tasks and oversees organizational workload and compliance.

We’re struck that WorkJam’s acquisition announcement included “thought leadership” in the same breath as flexible scheduling and schedule self-service. Vision seems to be a big part of the company’s positioning, since it speaks regularly of “transformation” and “leading edge.”

Based on Montreal, WorkJam has raised about $12 million in total funding, according to Crunchbase and other databases.

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