Changing terminology from "employers" to "clients"
Jacqueline Pittenger 8613 posts - United States - Joined Jan 07 2008
Here at oDesk, we’ve debated about the words we use to refer to each other for quite a while now. More than a year ago, we changed how we refer to those hiring on oDesk from “buyers” to “employers.” While that clarified things — new and long-time users alike knew an “employer” was the one doing the hiring — we’ve learned from our community that many of our users don’t actually think of the person hiring as an “employer.”
Our users are entrepreneurial, independent and ambitious. They are working and hiring on oDesk, the world’s largest online workplace, because they want to take advantage of all the opportunities and freedom online work provides. In doing so, they have many different types of work relationships - short, long, one-time, and recurring. It’s no longer always about an employee-employer relationship. It’s about getting the work you want, when you want it, where you want it - whether you're the person hiring or the one being hired.
With that in mind, we have decided to use a term that is more neutral, so we will now be referring to those hiring on oDesk as “clients.” It’s going to take some time for all the changes to roll out, and for everyone to get used to the adjustment. But over the next several weeks, you’ll no longer see the term “employer,” and instead you will see the term “client.”
Thanks for your patience as we continue to evolve oDesk and learn from our users!
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