About myworkhive

Let's make work smarter, greener and happier

Our story

The problem

In the UK, millions of people – including many women with children – are ‘underemployed’, often because they can’t find skilled jobs that fit their lives. Yet fifteen percent of high tech firms report they can’t hire the skilled staff they need locally. And commuting wastes 22 million hours everyday, generating one third of the UK’s carbon emissions from cars.

The solution

Remote working is part of the solution. We already have the technology to work closer to home and more flexibly. myworkHive was founded to bring professional remote careers to a wider audience, and to promote remote working as part of the green economy.

The problem

In the UK, millions of people – including many women with children – are ‘underemployed’, often because they can’t find skilled jobs that fit their lives. Yet fifteen percent of high tech firms report they can’t hire the skilled staff they need locally. And commuting wastes 22 million hours everyday, generating one third of the UK’s carbon emissions from cars.

The solution

Remote working is part of the solution. We already have the technology to work closer to home and more flexibly. myworkHive was founded to bring professional remote careers to a wider audience, and to promote remote working as part of the green economy.
Our mission
  • We connect people with skilled remote jobs that fit their lives
  • We help companies find great staff while cutting office costs
  • We help reduce carbon emissions from commuting
What we will do

We will work to connect working parents and others facing underemployment or exclusion from the workplace, to skilled, remote jobs that fit their lives. As we grow, we will support people’s remote career journeys via information, coaching and training.

We will help SMEs to fill skills gaps, reduce their carbon footprint and control office costs, by expanding the opportunities for remote working. We will support remote working best practice, and help organisations to build happy, productive remote teams.

We will research and champion the potential for remote work and coworking to reduce carbon emissions (and other pollution) caused by commuting.

Our commitment

  • We will focus on helping more people find work that fits their lives, and on making work greener.
  • We will work towards cutting our own carbon footprint.
  • We are a 100% remote and flexible company.
  • We will track how we’re doing and share information about the impact we are having.

Our story

“My background is in the charity and media sectors, where I worked with people all over the globe for 20 years. It became totally normal for me to have colleagues in different locations and time zones. When I moved to a rural area with my young family, I was lucky that I could carry on working remotely as freelancer, as there were no jobs in my sector within commuting distance. But I kept meeting others – often Mums with years of work experience – who were struggling to find jobs locally that fitted with their commitments. At the same time, my partner was struggling to recruit people locally for his software company.

It seemed crazy that all of us – job seekers and employers – were hunting within the same local, ‘commutable’ geographic area, when the technology now exists to work from pretty much anywhere. I began researching remote jobs, and realised there were lots of interesting, innovative companies in the UK, US and beyond, many of them in the tech and digital sectors, who were comfortable hiring remote staff – but they often weren’t really connecting with the people who needed that flexibility the most. I had my ‘light bulb’ moment, and myworkhive was born.

Green issues are really important to me, so I was shocked to learn that commuting generates one third of all the UK’s emissions from cars. It seemed like such a huge, avoidable waste of resources. If we all worked from home (or even just closer to home) more often, we could really have an impact on traffic congestion and air quality, as well as cutting greenhouse gas emissions.”

Lucy Elkin

Founder, myworkhive

Let's talk!

We are looking for partners to help us boost employability, create remote job opportunities, improve remote team management and cut workplace carbon emissions. If you are working in any of these areas, we’d love to speak with you.

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