Chennai: With a 130 crore population and 45 crore-plus workforces, the 2011 Census data shows that India has at least 2.68 crore people with some form of disability. Estimates by the World Bank and the World Health Organisation (WHO), however, puts the figure upwards of 7 crore. These people, some well educated too, are unable to acquire jobs at big firms, and earn well, due to their disabilities. Wishup, a startup in the city wishes to change that for the better.
“With technology playing a big role in employment and rolling in of facilities and flexibility employees, companies are now able to look beyond the challenges an employee may come with and are appreciating the capabilities of their disregard of their physical challenges,” says Neelesh, Co-founder, Wishup. “Tapping the untapped, in a day wherein people are competing for basic jobs there are many individuals with challenges who look to work at their comfort of place and flexible work hours, hence, embracing the virtual employee and work from home concept and they look up for companies not just offering flexible work hours but industry standard pay and quality work,” he adds.
This convenient option also helps. “You can select all the skills that you have, and put it out on our platform, and the employer can look at the skills that you offer and hire one immediately, making it ready-to-use for the employees and employers,” says Neelesh. “Start-ups are the primary users as they understand adapters well. We have a lot of takers for employees in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, New York, and San Francisco,” he adds.
Work-from-home moms seem to love this option. In fact, the Wishup team too works on this model. “I have learnt a lot and I keep learning something new every day. If you’re someone who stops to smell the roses and as in my case who stops to smell the coffee before gulping it down and enjoys the little things of life then this is the job with great possibilities,” says Swati Gundeti, Virtual Assistance, Wishup.