Red Balloon founder says people should be ‘free to work’
A police officer who doesn’t want to get the COVID-19 vaccine. A school teacher who doesn’t want to teach critical race theory. A corporate executive who does not agree with advancing the awakened culture. Those are the details of the workers who have reached red Balloon, a new job board offering postings from companies promising its employees would be “free to work” without fear of losing their jobs due to medical directives or political drama.
Red Balloon was started in July as a local job board in Moscow, Idaho by Andrew Krapuchetts, who told Granthshala Business in an interview that he initially started it just for fun. But after posting a video he advertised the site in his community, the founder began hearing from people across the country—from Minnesota to Florida, Alabama to Georgia—who wondered when the site would expand to their regions. In August, the site went nationwide.
“The whole thesis of the job board was ‘free to work,’” Krapuchetts said. “What if employers treat their employees like adults and don’t require vaccinations or certain pronouns, or make their logo a rainbow flag in June and get people out of work and office space into identity politics? need to leave?”
Krapuchets said his site immediately became popular with conservatives, but increasingly, people across the political spectrum are uploading their resumes — and the response has been overwhelming.
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One of Red Balloon’s first customers was the Christian publishing company Canon Press. CEO Jess Hall told Granthshala Business that before joining Red Balloon, the company was doing well in part as people look to God in times of “tyrannical” government overreach, as Americans battle the COVID-19 pandemic. seen during. Over the past two years, Hall said, the company has tripled in size.
Hall said any trouble with hiring Canon didn’t include a lack of applicants like most other companies, but rather a lack of applicants who share the company’s values. So he went to the Red Balloon.
The CEO, who attended the church with Crapuchettes, said he had some high-level positions he wanted to fill and decided to give Red Balloon a chance.
“So I threw them and then some other optimistic jobs, just for Andrew to fill out the job board, and I was very pleasantly surprised at the quality of candidates I found for all positions and quantity, given that The talk had just begun,” Hall told Granthshala Business. They have even received applications from people in Canada who are trying to evade government health orders.
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“One of the jobs we’re hiring for is project manager and you know, within the first month, I had 30 applicants [from Red Balloon] They all qualified,” Hall said.
Another happy Red Balloon client is Camden Spiller, CEO of Maddox Industrial Transformers, a company that supplies electrical transformers to North America, along with places like Tesla, Dollar General stores, and shopping malls.
Spiller, who never met Krafuchet, learned about the job site on LinkedIn and decided to sign up, mainly because he had remote employees working in Idaho and thought it was a good fit. Since then, Maddox Industrial Transformers has posted jobs at its home bases in South Carolina, Texas, and Washington.
The company of 70 employees is seeing a wave of potential employees, especially those willing to give up great pay and benefits — even in long-term careers — to work for the firm.
“It is an interesting time when people are scrambling for employees, and small businesses like ours lack well qualified support. But we are taking a common-sense approach to people’s medical decisions and are simply overwhelmed with applications. are,” said the CEO.
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“I have friends running global, multi-billion-dollar businesses who are telling me, ‘I’m struggling to find people,’” Spiller, who went to Harvard Business School, told Granthshala Business. Small small American businesses like ours are struggling to find people. But for those who state that they’re not going to force these ideologies, there are a lot more people out there — more than we can possibly take. more. “