Argo Tea Employees Easily Swap Work Shifts in Successful Pilot Program with HaveMyShift

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TechNexus-based HaveMyShift has helped nearly 7,000 employees at major companies manage their work-life balance to date.

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For every shift traded on HaveMyShift, one employee gets more personal time, the other employee gets more work and the company has a workforce that is happy to be there.

HaveMyShift, the online marketplace for hourly work shifts, has completed a successful pilot program with Argo Tea, a Chicago-based chain of tea cafes with approximately 250 employees.

The 45-day pilot program allowed Argo Tea’s hourly workers to swap shifts with coworkers by posting to HaveMyShift’s online job marketplace. Using the HaveMyShift website and mobile app, employees were able to pick up or hand off shifts to fellow employees through a corporate-sponsored model in which employees could post listings for free.

“By partnering with HaveMyShift, we’ve enabled our employees to seamlessly swap their shifts, increasing morale and greatly improving communication,” said Argo Tea cofounder Simon Simonian. “Their tool is extremely easy to work with, and system integration was completed in a mere two weeks.”

The Argo Tea pilot program builds on HaveMyShift’s success connecting employees at a variety of companies – nearly 7,000 employees to date.

“Companies lose countless millions of dollars due to costs associated with absenteeism,” said Randy Janzen, cofounder of HaveMyShift. “For every shift traded on HaveMyShift, one employee gets more personal time, the other employee gets more work and the company has a workforce that is happy to be there.”

HaveMyShift is headquartered at TechNexus, Chicago’s collaborative ecosystem for tech entrepreneurs and business leaders. Located in Chicago’s Loop, TechNexus connects young ventures with leading tech companies and executives, serving as a networking and innovation hub for companies like HaveMyShift.

About HaveMyShift
HaveMyShift is an online marketplace for the 74 million hourly workers in America. The company allows workers to trade shifts with their coworkers, giving them the option to choose a work schedule that fits their personal goals. HaveMyShift has helped nearly 7,000 employees at companies like Starbucks, Whole Foods and Jamba Juice trade more than 58,000 hours of shifts to date.

About Argo Tea
After opening its first café in 2003 and growing to 23 locations in four cities, Argo Tea has quickly become a household name and premium brand that offers all-natural tea-based signature drinks. Argo Tea is dedicated to delivering consistent quality and a genuine customer experience “one customer and one cup at a time” and to providing the “Argo experience” through an innovative approach of rediscovering the diversity and tradition of teas. These delicious signature drinks are now offered as a line of ready-to-drink bottled beverages that can be found outside the cafes in the finest grocery retailers across the country.

Argo Tea is passionate about bringing teas directly from growers around the world and blending them into unique and delicious signature beverages and teas. This national brand is committed to being a sustainable business by working with the best local and global tea, coffee and food artisans and by contributing back to our communities to promote a healthy lifestyle and the conservation of natural resources. For more information, visit

About TechNexus
TechNexus is the gateway to collaboration for Chicago’s technology leaders. The ecosystem began with private investment and community support and in partnership with the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) to serve as a ‘clubhouse’ where ventures grow, and co-working facility to bring technology professionals together, foster relationships and promote a sense of community in Chicago. For more information, visit

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