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Changing terminology from "employers" to "clients"

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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Score: 8.3, Votes: 855
Whew!

Whew! That took a really really long time to debate, but thankfully oDesk has seen the light. Maybe our other suggestions have hope of being implemented soon too, like in the next two years or so Smile Thanks for the news, Jacqui!

Ever since, I really like to

Ever since, I really like to use the term "clients" instead of "buyers".

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i picked up more serious buyers calling to see if the house is really gone

Weekly test question class five

Arlene C. wrote:
Ever since, I really like to use the term "clients" instead of "buyers".

Brilliant

i really like this new idea about the employer and employee relationship. hope this thing will work and can benefits both party and Odesk.

roldan

Why...

As someone who is both a "client" and a "contractor" I could care less, and would rather have them improve feature sets to use Odesk, not touchy feely terminology...

That's true... many things to

That's true... many things to improve..

Amen

Im with you on that!!

My thoughts exactly.

My thoughts exactly.

Thanks for odesk.

i really like this new idea about the employer and employee relationship. hope this thing will work and can benefits both party and Odesk. I work them but When buyer contract me work started but any problem no how to client hire me.

i llike

hi,

i hope you i will start work with you and i will do good job & time.

This is a great time for us

This is the best time to become more productive on Odesk with this new tag. People likes the word "clients" more better than using employer and employee stuff even in a small working place. Thanks for introducing this and than for your comment @Aleah T.

Great

Thank you Smile

Good

Thanks we will do our best....Smile

+1 for Doreen to come back :)

Missing Doreen here. Look forward to seeing her again. Wink

Pothi

One small step for mankind,

One small step for mankind, but one giant leap for oDesk. This news, although a tad slow in coming, is very welcome. Does this mean that there is a glimmer of respect creeping back into things. Maybe there is even a remote chance that in the near future we will be referred to as "service providers" and not "contractors".

Thanks oDesk for "lifting the game" ever so slightly - don't stop now Smile

As long as the word

"freelancer" is left out of it I don't mind too much either what they call us Smile. Can you imagine if we do become "freelancers", we'd really be expected by some to work for free!! lol

Thank you oDesk for this terminology change to "client". Yes, it is indeed very welcome.

You are right

Richard Wilkinson wrote:
One small step for mankind, but one giant leap for oDesk. This news, although a tad slow in coming, is very welcome. Does this mean that there is a glimmer of respect creeping back into things. Maybe there is even a remote chance that in the near future we will be referred to as "service providers" and not "contractors".

Thanks oDesk for "lifting the game" ever so slightly - don't stop now :-)

So true! I subscribe to what you said! Smile

Aye

Ditto on that

Team member

Dear Sir,
I am Shumon Bhuia, I am interested to work in freelancer. I work in many works such as website design, E-mail marketing, Advertising, Translation into English to German or French. I work easily and honestly, I want the job for solve my financial problem.

Thanks

I agree with the term

I agree with the term "service provider" to be a better way of referring to us than being called a "contractor". Let another debate begin at the hard desks of Odesk! Smile

terminology

I really have no problem with the term "contractor" and am at a loss as to why anyone would prefer "service provider." If I were being paid a retainer every month to work with my clients (!), I might think "service provider" was more accurate--after all, I pay a given fee every month for my utility "service provider," and the like. But until I'm getting a retainer, I'm not "providing a service," I'm selling work for a contractual agreement. Does someone think "contractor" is demeaning terminology? In what way?

good

Smile

Muhammad Jamil

Richard Wilkinson wrote:
One small step for mankind, but one giant leap for oDesk. This news, although a tad slow in coming, is very welcome. Does this mean that there is a glimmer of respect creeping back into things. Maybe there is even a remote chance that in the near future we will be referred to as "service providers" and not "contractors".

Thanks oDesk for "lifting the game" ever so slightly - don't stop now :-)

Nice post, I also think the term for us should be "service providers" instead of "contractors".

"Service Provider"

I too agree vvith that term, rather than "Contractors" for those of us accepting postings. I think of the Contractor as being the Client. Can become confusing, and I am nevv!

This is good though, I do like "Client".
Novv if Service Provider is implemented, all vvill be good!

Thank you,
Sincerely
(Susan) Di Austin

I echo that!

Richard Wilkinson wrote:
One small step for mankind, but one giant leap for oDesk. This news, although a tad slow in coming, is very welcome. Does this mean that there is a glimmer of respect creeping back into things. Maybe there is even a remote chance that in the near future we will be referred to as "service providers" and not "contractors".

Thanks oDesk for "lifting the game" ever so slightly - don't stop now :-)

My sentiments exactly!

Thank so much for correcting

Thank so much for correcting this! It'll be great once it's changed site-wide.

Good to hear. Well done.

Good to hear. Well done.

Good job...thank you!

Good job...thank you!

I've always referred to them

I've always referred to them as clients.

thank you

thank you

Great Idea

It is great idea of oDesk and it helps to oDsek worker.This is really good thinking of oDesk

Thanks oDesk

thank you

I would like todo.

Great,

Great,

from "employer" to "client"

That sounds more interesting. I really consider my employers as my clients too! Thanks odesk.

:)

Thank you so much!!

perfect, easy to understand

perfect, easy to understand for users. good move.

clickasolution.com

Nice!!

Wow,Now everyone will use the term "Client" Good News!!!

Good news.

Good news.

Finally the Day Arrive It

Finally the Day Arrive Smile

It took a very long time.
I never get use to employer word even my clients too.

Thank you for understanding.

Now our next agenda "Sorting System in Search" we also had a very long debate on that issue too. Smile

Faisal B.
Lier, Norway.

yes

+1...

Thanks

Thank you for the new info.

Great Decision

Thank you oDesk for great decision.

I happy

great and important.

thanks

Excellent! Thank You!

Excellent! Thank You!

Changing terminology from "employers" to "clients"

As a law firm we have always had an issue with the employer terminology. We are happy to see that you are making strides to improve.

Thats really great on part of

Thats really great on part of oDesk management.We have been looking for this for the past one year and in our feedback on various projects that we had worked in the past, we have been already referring our providers as actually our "Client". Thanks oDesk management!!

I like this +1

I like this +1

Agree

Being new to oDesk, I felt a little uncomfortable being thought of as an employer. "Employer" gives the impression of always providing long-term work and that isn't always the case.

I also think using the word, "Clients" gives those who are doing work for others a little more respect for what they do. It's a better word that describes them as self-employed, which is what they actually are when they contract work for themselves.

odesk

Matthew Dees wrote:
Being new to oDesk, I felt a little uncomfortable being thought of as an employer. "Employer" gives the impression of always providing long-term work and that isn't always the case.

I also think using the word, "Clients" gives those who are doing work for others a little more respect for what they do. It's a better word that describes them as self-employed, which is what they actually are when they contract work for themselves.


i really like this new idea about the employer and employee relationship. hope this thing will work and can benefits both party and Odesk. I work them but When buyer contract me work started but any problem no how to client hire me.

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