A Summer In San Francisco At WorkHands

On my third day in San Francisco, I got different assignment than what I was used to at WorkHands. With only a map, a camera, a clipboard, and a stack of business cards, Patrick and James asked me to walk around the SOMA district and talk to any person that looked like they worked on a construction site about our “American Flags on the Jobsite” campaign for the Fourth of July. I had to better get to know the people we were serving at WorkHands, they said.

I was nervous. I had absolutely no idea how to get around the city and catching a construction worker on their lunch break can be seriously intimidating. It took a few tries to get into the flow of it, but eventually it was actually kind of fun. People were interested in what I had to say, and I got a great adrenaline rush talking about this product that I so strongly believed in. By the end of the day, I ended up at the best view of the Bay Bridge in the city. I was excited about finally being in San Francisco, and I knew the next six weeks were going to be incredible.

I’ve been working with WorkHands since October 2012. Since the headquarters was in San Francisco, I worked remotely from college part-time. I was grateful to have a job, and the work I was doing was interesting, but without actually being with the rest of team, it was hard to see any real progress. When Patrick told me that they were bringing me out to San Francisco for the summer, I had no idea what to expect. I had never really been on the West Coast before, but I was excited to finally meet my coworkers that I had seen only on a computer screen for the previous eight months.

If these past six weeks have taught me anything, it’s that I am extremely lucky to be a part of something like WorkHands.

Malcolm Johnson

Since then, a lot of my friends have asked me what I do everyday for a company that’s building a website for skilled trades workers since I neither code nor work in the trades. As much as I try, it’s hard to say what I do everyday. With only five people, you pretty quickly realize that everyone has to do a little bit of everything for things to run smoothly.

Did you request a WorkHands sticker for your welding helmet or toolbox? Have you taken a look at our Twitter or Instagram feeds? Chances are that if you’ve done any of these things, you’ve seen some of the stuff that I do around here. I’ve done a lot of on-the-ground outreach at construction sites and talked to numerous workers all over California. But what’s great about WorkHands is that we all contribute together; the engineers can help with business development while the business development guys offer their ideas on the website.

If these past six weeks have taught me anything, it’s that I am extremely lucky to be a part of something like WorkHands. We’re building an amazing product, and I’ve got so much to take away from this experience. I’ll continue to be a part of the team from New York for my sophomore year, and I will literally be counting down the days until I can come back to California, to San Francisco, and to WorkHands.