In addition to helping staff avoid unmanageable or even dangerous debt, Roz mentions the platform having positive effects across the business.
“I would definitely say people would pick up overtime shifts knowing that the can cash in on it sooner.” She mentions that Whistlepunks is a fun working environment, so their staff turnover rate is relatively low as a company, but it helps attract new staff and helps them compete for staff with niche skills.
“Increasingly, solutions such as Orka Pay is something people are looking for when starting a new job. Especially in hospitality and in casual or part-time work, and for students. I think having access to pay when they earn it is a pull.”
For the instructors, Orka Pay is drastically different from what they’ve experienced in other workplaces.
“I really haven’t seen anything like Orka Pay. I’ve been a freelance actor and entertainer, plus had a few jobs in retail. No one has really introduced an advance payment system like Orka Pay. One previous job used a system that was so out of date. It needed all my details written down on paper. It then had to go through my manager and then HR, who authorised it. If someone hasn’t filled it out properly, it can still take a week to get it done. Orka Pay just cuts middle management of the process completely,” says Martin, another Axe Throwing Instructor at Whistlepunks London.