Many workplaces are reopening. More employees are coming back on-site. That means now is the opportunity to make the workplace experience great.
Nowadays, 95% of employees want flexibility in when they work, and 78% in where they work. From Envoy’s recent At Work survey, about half the employees are also excited about reconnecting with their colleagues and work friends in person.
But, the challenge many employees now face is knowing when they should come into the office. It can be frustrating and disappointing to commute to work to find out that their key co-workers or work friends are not in that day.
Solving this poor employee experience presents workplaces with an opportunity to stand out. To make hybrid work, workplaces need to make collaboration in person seamless. Striking a balance of giving employees flexibility and ensuring their time on-site is meaningful is key.
To make this balance obtainable for workplaces, we’ve released a handful of new features in the Envoy app, all with the hybrid employee experience in mind.
Here are some recently released features that make collaboration on-site more seamless.
Favorites: Make it easier to find and collaborate with key co-workers
Working on-site is more productive and enjoyable when your teammates and key stakeholders are also on-site. In Envoy’s app, you can see when your favorite co-workers are coming in. Or be notified a week in advance when they schedule a day in the office so you can plan to be there as well. See where they’ll be sitting so you can reserve a desk near them to collaborate in person. And if your favorite colleagues are not scheduled to come yet, you can send them an invite! Learn more.
This app feature works best with Desks (Learn more) | Available on all Envoy plans
Employee photos: Find and identify co-workers easier with photos
One of the awkward parts about making the transition from remote to in-office is seeing co-workers who you may only recognize from a Zoom screen. To help employees find each other, Envoy’s app now displays employee photos on the map, directory, and employee profile. By seeing pictures of friendly faces on the map, it’s easier (and less awkward) to find co-workers, see where folks are sitting at a glance, and know who is sitting nearby. Now you can say “hi” with confidence and even make a new work friend!
Available on all Envoy plans
Multi-day booking: Plan ahead and book desks for multiple days at once
Now it’s easier than ever for employees to set their schedules for hybrid work within the Envoy app. Book a desk for multiple days in the workplace all at once. Simply tap the days you’re planning to come on-site and you’ll automatically reserve a desk for all future days. Learn more.
Available on all Desks plans (See features)
App branding: Customize your brand experience within the Envoy app
To take the personalized app experience up a notch, feature your company’s branding throughout Envoy’s app. Make the Envoy app feel more your own and inviting for your team by featuring your company’s logo and brand colors. While your employees might not be familiar with Envoy, they definitely know your company. Use the power of your branding to encourage more employees to take advantage of Envoy’s app and collaborate seamlessly in person. Learn more.
Available on Visitors + Product Premium and Enterprise plans (See features)
Desk amenities: Filter by Desk amenities to find the perfect desk for your day
Different employees need different desk amenities to do their best work. Some need a dual monitor, some need a standing desk, and some need a quiet spot by the window. Now in Envoy’s app, employees can easily filter, find, and book a desk with the tools and setup they need to be productive, comfortable, and happy in the workplace. Assign amenities to desks so employees can filter for the perfect desk to do their best work in just a few taps. Learn more.
Available on all Desks plans (See features)
And that’s not all! Soon, we’ll be releasing even more new features to foster seamless collaboration on-site, including:
Employee schedules: See which days co-workers plan to be on-site
Many employees are intentional about planning their in-office days when they know they can meet with key collaborators. They might come in only if specific teammates are in too. Soon on Envoy’s app, you can view all the days when your colleagues are scheduled to come in. You can also choose to book a desk near them to make it easier to work together. Employees can make their schedules private at any time. With this upcoming feature, intentional collaboration becomes even more seamless!
Available soon on all Envoy plans
We’re always building and improving features for our customers across all our products. In case you missed them, check out our recap of the most-loved Envoy features launched last year. We’ve also recently released proof of vaccination and Covid test results for visitors.
Workplaces will continue to evolve by placing the employee experience front and center. Leverage the power of workplace apps and make your company stand out in the new era of workplace flexibility and collaboration.
Not sure where to start or looking to learn how to uplevel your workplace? Contact us or send us a chat and we’ll be happy to help.