Two years ago, WorkForce Software opened up a satellite office in downtown Ann Arbor with an idea of using it as a talent magnet.
Today it employs 17 people and is moving to a bigger office in the center of Tree Town. It has hired nine people, all software development jobs, over the last year for its Ann Arbor office.
“We’ve done a very good job of finding talent,” says Ken Olson, vice president of product development for WorkForce Software.
WorkForce Software makes management software for large-scale employers. The Livonia-based company added the Ann Arbor office because of the city’s depth of existing talent and the production of new talent that comes from the University of Michigan. The urban atmosphere also opened up the company to a new world of talent it needed to tap.
“It’s really important to have an office that is walkable and accessible by buses and bikes,” Olson says. “As soon as we opened the downtown Ann Arbor office we got a flood of interest.”
WorkForce Software is taking the seventh floor of the Key Bank building at the corner of Main and Huron streets. The 3,400 square feet is roughly double the size of its original downtown Ann Arbor office.
“The view is nice,” Olson says. “We have the entire top floor.”