In Black Desert, you can hire Workers to help gather materials for you from nodes you have connected. It's an often a good alternative to obtain rare resources as apposed to farming them yourself.
Hiring and Firing
Workers are shared across your family, rather than character-specific. Using a work supervisor NPC, you can spend 5 energy to browse a random selection of workers, of every type of available race and quality. Once you have found a worker you wish to hire, you spend a small sum of silver ranging from 1,500 silver to 90,000 silver to hire the worker for use out of the city your purchased it in. You cannot move a worker's home city to a different city.
▶ You can hire workers from the Work Supervisor.
Certain NPCs can sell higher tier workers using Intimacy gained with the NPC.
Through your map, you can select a worker in your worker menu using the checkbox, and select an option at the bottom to fire the worker, removing it from your work force.
Workers have three methods for being put to use.
The first method is to go to a connected gathering node and gathering materials to bring back to their city's warehouse.
The second method is to assign them to a housing unit allocated to production and have them use materials in your warehouse to craft a wide array of items.
The third method is to send them to investment nodes with gold bullions in your warehouse in hopes that they bring back interest. With this method, you will always be guaranteed that your investment will be returned in the least. This option is the longest single action for workers to perform in Black Desert.
When a worker runs out of Action Points, you can either use a food item to restore their points, or let them sit idle for a long period of time to recover their Action Points. Conversely, you can fire the worker and just hire a new one.
The worker list is located at the top right of the world map, or through the mining pick button located beneath your experience bars. With the worker list, you can check their job progress, restore their Action Points, send them through an upgrade test, cancel their remaining work order, or fire them.
▶ The workers list.
Upgrade tests are available to a worker once every 10 levels, with the chance to go up in quality by one level. They take 24 hours to complete, and you can only have one worker in a test at a time. Upgrade tests continue to progress even while logged out.
You can use a work supervisor NPC to buy and sell workers to other players, allowing you to directly profit from a developed worker. Multiple factors effect the price of the worker, such as quality(color), abilities, and level. Using the market, you may discover a worker tailored to a specific task you perform.