So your organization goes WFH/Workplace hybrid. Nice! Working from house extra guidelines, even when administration selections or the specifics of your function imply it could actually’t occur on daily basis.
Now, how do you coordinate who goes within the workplace and when? Does it need to be the identical day(s) each week? Do you simply choose a random day and hope there’s a desk open? What in case you’re the one one who went in that day — did you actually need to commute? Can we monitor all this in a spreadsheet, or do we want an entire separate instrument simply to maintain monitor of it?
Officely needs to deal with all of it proper by way of a instrument many groups are already on anyway: Slack. They’ve simply raised a $2M seed spherical to develop from right here.
Officely’s major draw is desk reserving, permitting you to group desks by which workplace they’re in — or, in case you’ve bought a bunch of desks, into “neighborhoods” inside an workplace. You possibly can see how many individuals are entering into to an workplace on any given day, see if there’s a desk open for you, and be part of in that case. There’s additionally a couple of different customizations, like flagging if anybody is bringing a canine into the workplace on every day — for the oldsters who may need to keep house due to allergy symptoms or, in case you’re like me, solely need to go into the workplace when there’s a minimum of one canine there.
You possibly can setup customizable well being screening surveys to ensure nobody has a fever or identified exposures, and have it robotically remind folks to fill out the survey on the morning they’re anticipated to return in. If somebody will get sick, Officely may assist with contact tracing, constructing a listing of the workers who had been within the workplace on the identical days.
They’ve additionally just lately been experimenting with an “Workplace Chat” characteristic, which robotically creates a brand new Slack room at first of a day, invitations everybody who’s scheduled to be in that day, then archives it on the finish of the day. Nice for determining lunch plans with out bugging everybody again at house.
I fired up a check occasion of Officely, and it was actually fairly easy. The UI for customizing some issues away from their defaults can really feel a bit buried, however that’s largely as a result of they’re working inside the boundaries of being a Slack app — however additionally they do a bunch of neat stuff I didn’t even understand Slack apps can do. Crew TC isn’t spending a lot time within the workplace proper now so I couldn’t stress check it tremendous exhausting, however I appreciated what I noticed sufficient that we’ll most likely give it a spin if/once we return to the workplace.
Officely is at the moment free for small groups, with the free plan capped at ten staff and one workplace. If you happen to’ve bought extra staff or extra workplaces, they’ll cost $2.50 per workplace worker per thirty days (“We solely ever cost to your staff that use Officely to ebook into the workplace,” they observe.) When you develop previous 500 staff, they provide customized pricing plans.
So why construct the entire thing inside Slack? “The attention-grabbing problem with desk reserving instruments is the software program needs to be adopted by everybody within the firm to be efficient,” Co-founder Max Shepherd-Cross tells me. Convincing all people to onboard onto some new net app is hard; Slack, in the meantime, is the place many firm’s mishmash of groups are already used to coming collectively.
Officely is a pivot, the group beginning again in 2017 with a special focus: lodge room reserving. “We simply bought crushed by COVID. In a single day, we misplaced all of our prospects.” says Shepherd-Cross. “After crying into our pillows for a few weeks, we had the belief that workplaces of the longer term are going to be run like accommodations of the previous. […] The entire reserving infrastructure we’d spent the earlier 4 years constructing for accommodations, we now want for workplaces.”
This spherical was led by TEN13 ventures, and backed by angel buyers Vu Tran (cofounder of studying platform Go1) and Adam Schwab (CEO of journey co. Luxurious Escapes.)