The desk booking and team scheduling tool Officely has raised $2 millions in seed round to which it intends to use in helping WFH/office hybrid teams to coordinate on their Slack app itself.
Officely allows a user to group desks by the office they are in, or in neighbourhoods in an office. Officely allows a person to see how many people are joining an office on a day, check if a desk is open for them and then join it.
Other customisations are also available, for example, flagging in case a person brings in a dog into the office each day. Such a feature can be helpful if a person has allergies and would rather stay home.
Customized health screening surveys can also be organized to ensure no one is suffering from fever and people will receive an automatic reminder to fill in the survey on the day they are supposed to come in. Not just that, Officely can also help in contact tracing in case someone is sick by making a list of employees who were present on the same days.
Talking about why he chose Slack for providing the management tool, co-founder Max Shepherd-Cross says that the main challenge with desk booking tools is that everyone in the office must adopt it for it to be effective. And this is where Slack comes in – most company employees are already using it.
Officely, which had been started back in 2017 with a focus on hotel room booking, was crushed by COVID and lost all its customers almost overnight.
Shepherd-Cross explains, “After crying into our pillows for a couple of weeks, we had the realisation that offices of the future are going to be run like hotels of the past. The whole booking infrastructure we’d spent the previous four years building for hotels, we now need for offices.”