Workforce Management Platform When I Work Acquires Fintech Startup Lean Financial
When I Work plans to introduce custom financial products for hourly workers in early 2024
MINNEAPOLIS – July 11, 2023 – Today, When I Work, a market leader in shift-based workforce management software used by more than 200,000 workplaces worldwide, announced its acquisition of Lean Financial, a leading fintech startup offering reimagined financial products custom-built for the flex workforce, including on-demand pay.
Founded in 2010, When I Work is purpose-built for shift-based small businesses and delivers an employee-first experience to streamline staff scheduling, power internal communication, and easily track employee time. The acquisition of Lean will help When I Work expand its offerings to better serve the shift work ecosystem of small business owners and their teams.
“Small business owners struggle with employee retention and turnover issues. At the same time, 60% of hourly workers can’t make ends meet, and with 82 million hourly workers in the US alone, it is a big problem,” said Blake Adams, CEO of When I Work. “Our acquisition of Lean will allow us to have a direct impact on the financial lives of hourly workers, and it is a big step forward in our mission to ‘Make Shift Work Awesome.’ By adding financial solutions that create happier, more productive teams, When I Work will offer additional tools to help small business owners retain their staff and ultimately drive better business outcomes.”
Lean was founded in 2020 to build a new generation of financial products, customized for the flex workforce. Lean’s flagship instant pay product, as well as SpendAdvance® — which offers workers a $1000 cash advance — have created an outsized impact on the financial lives of Lean’s customers.
Since its launch, Lean has partnered with dozens of companies across transportation, nursing and cannabis, with a pipeline of hundreds of thousands of workers. Lean has scaled to more than $50 million in annual volume flowing through its platform and has built an all-star team from companies like Square, Chime, PayPal, Citi, and AmEx.
“From day one, Lean’s mission has been to empower all flex workers with the cash flow and benefits they need to thrive. Flex and hourly workers will soon represent the majority of our workforce, yet financial services are still decades behind, resulting in financial hardship for the majority of workers,” says Tilak Joshi, Founder and CEO of Lean. “When I Work shares our commitment to filling in the gaps in our current financial system with a one-of-a-kind financial platform that couples work flexibility with financial stability. Our investors and team are thrilled with this outcome and are excited to partner with When I Work to accelerate access to best-in-class financial products to the millions of workers they support across the country.”
During the remainder of 2023, When I Work will focus on integrating Lean’s products into its platform, with Joshi joining as the General Manager of Financial Services.
“This is an important step toward our vision to become the operating system and connective tissue that serves the two-sided ecosystem of small business owners and hourly workers, ensuring both thrive,” Adams said.
About When I Work
When I Work is a market leader in workforce management software for shift-based businesses and delivers a powerful, employee-first experience that creates happier and more productive teams. Trusted by more than 200,000 workplaces worldwide, When I Work offers scheduling, collaboration, and financial solutions that bring empathy, agility, and consumer simplicity to both small businesses and their employees . For more information, please visit wheniwork.com.
Lean is a market leader in financial services for independent workers and delivers financial services custom-built for the rapidly growing flex workforce. Headquartered in California, Lean provides on-demand pay, $1000 cash advances, and financial benefits to flex workers, while driving higher revenue and retention for the marketplaces that employ them. Lean is built on top of a robust data and risk platform enabling the company to provide what others have historically been unable to build in-house, due to high risk, fraud, and margins. For more information about Lean, please visit withlean.com.