Like many businesses, Teambuilding.com’s very existence was threatened by the COVID-19 crisis, but quick thinking and an innovative hiring strategy turned a potential disaster into an amazing business opportunity.
When CEO and founder Michael Alexis started Teambuilding.com, his goal was to help bring joy and engagement to teams everywhere. He wanted employees to feel happy and excited at work, and to see the office not only as a place to earn income but also as a part of their social lives.
The business grew fast in 2019, but suddenly stalled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Almost overnight, the company’s entire outlook changed. Since people could no longer meet in person for team building events, many of the organization’s clients canceled their workshops.
At the time, Teambuilding.com didn’t have an effective way to manage its hiring process. “We were fortunate that every time we posted a job opening, we got hundreds or even thousands of eager candidates,” Michael recalled.
“Before starting with JazzHR, we did not have an applicant tracking system (ATS) or any other way of organizing these applicants; instead, we tried to manage it all in our inboxes. The result was chaos. We had too many emails, too many attachments and no way to accurately filter for the qualities we were looking for. I expect we missed out on working with some great candidates.”