Partner Spotlight - Oyster

Manage HR and payroll, and automate compliance across 180+ countries – all in one, easy-to-use platform

Oyster is a distributed talent management platform rapidly revolutionising the way companies access the global talent market. With Oyster companies can hire employees compliantly around the world both as full-time employees and contractors.

Partner Spotlight - Oyster

Welcome to our spotlight series! Would you mind introducing yourself and Oyster?

Bonjour, Hola, Nǐ hǎo, and Marhaba! My name is Mel Bilko (she/her), and I’m Oyster’s Partnerships Manager – Americas. We are a quickly growing team of over 300 people located in 50+ different countries from around the world.

Oyster’s mission is to create a more equal world by making it possible for companies everywhere to hire people anywhere.

Wow, anywhere in the world, that’s fantastic. How did Oyster get started?

Since the pandemic, the world witnessed a historic shift in how we work. In reality, however, this shift has been happening long before Covid-19. Thanks to the significant leaps made in the digitization of the workspace in recent years, working from anywhere quickly became a reality for many people. 

In anticipation of this inevitable shift, Tony Jamous, our CEO, and Co-Founder Jack Mardack sought to provide an opportunity for companies to hire otherwise untapped talent from around the globe in a seamless manner. What we did not predict, however, was how rapid this shift would come along as a result of the pandemic. Since then, we’ve realized just how important our mission was, and how much there is to do! 

Consider this: an estimated 1.5 billion knowledge workers are coming into the workforce in the next 10 years, mostly from emerging economies, while in developed economies there are some 90 million jobs unfilled. This is where Oyster comes into play.

1.5 billion – sounds like an exciting time to be in the space! Where does Hired fit into this?

Oyster and Hired are aligned with similar missions to help remote workforces uncover the best talent and build amazing, diverse teams. By working with both Oyster and Hired, companies seeking to hire remote workers will find the hiring process far less challenging – while also finding top quality candidates. 

Thus far, Hired has been an incredible resource to point Oyster’s users to when they are in need of sourcing and vetting high-performing, remote tech candidates and we’re excited to continue to grow out this partnership as global remote hiring becomes the reality for an increasing number of companies.

We’re glad to be working with Oyster too! Are there any exciting initiatives you’re working on that you want to share with our community?

We’re working on a few exciting initiatives – both internally and externally! We recently launched our New World of Work podcast where you’ll hear from some of the world’s best and brightest People and Culture experts about the cutting-edge topics that HR professionals are most interested in today—all through a global lens. In my opinion, you don’t have to have an HR background to find it useful or interesting to listen to.

In December 2021, we held our first company-wide virtual retreat called “Follow The Sun,” where we brought together 250+ people from 50+ different countries; where we quite literally followed the sun as we hosted a 24 hour-long event. The event was a mix of asynchronous and synchronous activities, pre-recorded and live content, scheduled agendas and choose your own adventures.

Another extremely exciting initiative that we’ve got going on internally is our Mission Delegates Squad. The squad helps align the work of what the entire organization is doing towards our mission agenda and impact objectives. We are still such a new company, which makes it so fun and exciting and it feels like we are building a ton of new things every single day.

Thank you Mel, it was great to sit down and chat and we look forward to our continued partnership with Oyster! 

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Hired is the largest AI-driven marketplace matching ambitious tech and sales talent with the world’s most innovative companies. Backed by global HR leader, The Adecco Group, Hired combines intelligent job matching with unbiased career counseling to help people find a job they love and reach their full potential.

By providing accurate, real-time information, access to equal opportunity, efficiency, and transparency, the Hired platform serves as the backbone for hiring managers, recruiters, and C-level executives to surface the best talent and build amazing, diverse teams.

Hired is committed to building equity in the hiring process through a more representative talent pool, using bias reduction features, customized assessments, and salary bias alerts to help remove unconscious bias when hiring. 

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