The pandemic has led many businesses to make the hard decision to cancel internships, stop recruiting and let go of staff. However, as a 100% remote company, we managed to onboard 6 international team members using Wurkr. Many would ask, how we were able to do such a thing.
1. Introduction to Wurkr
We started off the process by introducing our new team members to Wurkr, our virtual office platform. Working in a virtual office, has allowed us to continue with business as usual during the pandemic as our distributed staff can work from anywhere. As part of our interview process, we gave some applicants a trial day in the office. It was the first time that most of them had ever worked in a virtual office.
“My induction with Wurkr was not just an assessment of my capabilities but also a chance for me to experience the day-to-day virtual office environment of the company, giving me a greater understanding of how my potential position would make a contribution to the organisation as a whole.”
Eleanor, our new Customer Engagement Manager
2. Meet the team
The perks of virtual office work include easy communication. Our remote team members are not just limited to video meetings and emails. Instead, we can just pop into a room and speak to our coworkers through video chat, audio or messaging.
As our new Growth Hacker, Ehab, said “meeting the team was so easy as with Wurkr, everyone is just a click away”.
This meant that our new members were quickly introduced to the whole team, allowing them to settle in and get to know each other with ease. We always start the day talking about what we did over the weekend or the night before, just like in those watercooler office chats.
3. Orientation of the office
Luckily, our new team members were not faced with the daunting task of finding the correct floor in an office block. Wurkr’s office plan is simple, straightforward and allows you to see which of your colleagues are in each room. This means that we could see our new team members enter the reception when they logged in, so they were not nervously twiddling their thumbs as they would in a real life office.
“Wurkr is so straightforward to use that there is no way of getting ‘lost’ around the office. The simple layout allows me to communicate with my colleagues by simply joining their room”.
Gaurav, one of our UX/UI designers.
4. Their onboarding experience
Most importantly, we check in on our new team members throughout their time here at Wurkr. We pride ourselves on looking after our team and ensuring that they are comfortable in their new positions.Hubble HQ’s survey found that 86% of workers in Britain would like to continue working remotely at least once a week after the pandemic. More of us will be working remotely than ever before. Thus, making remote work a part of the so-called “new normal”. However, remote work has also been a hit with our new Gen Z interns.
Our new Project Manager, Diana, is a huge fan of the perks of working remotely with Wurkr.
“A virtual office promotes productivity and flexibility, while maintaining an essential sense of ‘team’ when collaborating on projects. It has allowed me to gain valuable experience in the management field from the comfort of my own home.”
5. Staying Connected
Starting a new role can be incredibly daunting, especially when it may be your first time working in a professional environment. Through Wurkr, we are always connected and available to our team members. Therefore, if they have any questions, we are always here to answer them and help them with any problems they may have encountered.
“Working for a new company can be stressful but thanks to Wurkr, Matthew and the team are always there to answer my queries.”
Helena, our Media Engagement Manager
We think that the ability to recreate an office environment from anywhere with an internet connection, allows team members to really make the most of the perks of office and remote work. By staying connected with your colleagues, your team is happier and more productive in their respective roles.
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London has established itself as the main destination to secure stable corporate environments for its 1.1 million businesses. As more companies shift to remote working and question the value of London HQs, could remote workers now revive their local high streets?
Covid-19 has had detrimental effects on the hospitality industry. Cafes, restaurants and other highstreet infrastructures, like libraries, have truly suffered the consequences and are now heavily reliant on governmental financial help. Initiatives, such as Scotland Loves Local, have been launched in order to help town centres overcome the consequences of the pandemic.
Local high streets have been suffering long before the effects of the ongoing pandemic. Following 40 years of heavy investment into London business and retail districts, including Canary Wharf and both Westfield Shopping Centres, many small businesses have shut up shop for good.
However, the lockdown has had a positive impact in promoting and supporting local communities. More of us have been shopping locally due to remote work allowing workers to spend more time at home instead of commuting to city centres. Loyalty towards local infrastructure has also been increased as they have helped to support members of the local community. Staff from Suffolk Libraries made over 7,200 phone calls to vulnerable customers during the lockdown. Acts of charity like these have boosted the population’s commitment to bolstering their communities.
The study from the Centre For Economics and Business Research (CEBR) found that 32% of workers expect to continue working remotely at least one day a week post pandemic. In light of this, think of the positive impact remote working could have on local businesses. An increase in time spent by workers (who can be) at home will allow them to trade their Pret-a-Manger order for a latte to their local cafe, to work from a local library and to use their newfound spare time to shop in independent shops.
It must be noted that working from anywhere is not a possibility in all industries thus, commuting will not and should not come to a complete halt. However, even if a humble percentage of office workers, that are able to work flexibly, spend more time and money supporting local businesses that will have a positive impact on boosting smaller communities.
Many critics of remote working have said that a decrease in commuting workers could have some negative effects on our larger cities and indeed there have been genuine concerns over international coffee and restaurant chains having to close a few big-city stores due to lower demand. But could these losses within the city centres be balanced by a ‘spreading of the love’… nationally by salvaging and rejuvenating dying high streets in the suburbs, small villages and towns.
Professor Dimitrios Tsivrikos, a consumer psychologist at UCL says “we are social animals and the high street needs to provide us with the community”.
It is integral to our well-being that we have highstreets to allow us to gather as a community. Working remotely does not mean an end to social interaction. It is important to have opportunities to catch up and meet up with colleagues. Flexible working environments still accommodates these interactions that are so integral to the social animals that we are.
Accessibility to work from anywhere is a way of allowing people to help to support local businesses, reconnect with their communities and even help ensure that fundamental facilities, like libraries, remain for future generations.
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