Nomad City 2019

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Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 6th – 8th, November 2020

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Wurkr- ‘Working Together From Anywhere’

A company catering to remote work needs, and bringing colleagues and companies together- Wurk is a true future of work pioneer.

 

We were lucky enough to have Wurkr.io as a partner of Nomad City 2019, and were thrilled to collaborate with a company which so well aligns with our remote work vision. Wurkr.io is a SaaS platform and a ‘Digital office in the cloud’, enabling colleagues to see and chat with one another from any and multiple locations. It was born out of a need to work remotely without the isolation and the feeling of being cut off’ from colleagues, and it allows companies and individuals to work better together.
Matthew Lloyd represented Wurkr.io at Nomad City, and we spoke to him about his ‘workplace’, his personal trajectory to remote working, and all the things in between.

 

To begin, can you tell us a bit about Wurkr for those who are not familiar with the platform?

Wurkr is a digital office in the cloud that replicates your physical
office…online!

What are the main features and selling points of Wurkr?

Real-time video conference offices with multiple always on offices and
meeting rooms.

What are the benefits of Wurkr for remote companies and workers?

● Streamline offering remote/flexible working
● Reduce Carbon Emissions
● Reduce Cap-Ex costs
● Improve Distributed/remote team engagement
● Increase Motivation
● Create real office communities in remote teams
● Reduce the risk of loneliness
● Remove the trust issue
● Rapidly scale your team and companies

Is there a specific problem you think Wurkr was solving when it came to the market?

To help stay at home mums and dads return to an office environment. Companies were losing out to top talent from not offering flexible, remote and distributed work solutions.

What role does communication play in workspace environments for you, and how do you
think it can be improved upon?

Communication is key in any workplace environment, without it companies can lose their best team members and motivation can become an issue. Implement clearly defined communication channels and
expectations – and use wurkr.io 🙂

How do you view the remote work scene yourself? What are some of its realities, and what
are some of its futures?

The remote work scene is growing exponentially, however, the reality is that the majority of companies offering remote are tech-based early stage. The future is to pivot toward larger more established enterprise organisations for global buy in.

What was your own path towards remote work?

My leap into remote is probably a little unorthodox. I was the guinea pig for remote work for the software consultancy I was with back in 2013. After deciding it was time to start a family, my partner, who is
from Gran Canaria, wanted to be close to her family. In 2015 I had the conversation with my director about working remotely. After presenting my case and re-jigging my job a bit to be less client-facing, it was agreed
my role could be carried out remotely.

Are there any specific ways in which you see yourself growing more professionally, working
remotely rather than in office?

I’m fortunate to work for a remote-first company where we built a SaaS office platform specifically to help organisations with their remote/flexible working transition, however, thinking from outside, the opportunity would be there to work for a company that may not be based yet in the country I live.

Lets move on to Wurkr and its involvement in Nomad City 2019. How did you decide to
participate and why?

I had attended Nomad City in 2018 and really enjoyed the conference with some great take-aways that I implemented in a previous role, plus I live in Gran Canaria.

Were there any tactile takeaways from the conference for Wurkr, as well as for you
personally?

It’s never too early to start a communication charter in a company.  Rule my calendar, don’t let my
calendar rule me.

Where do you see the biggest potential of remote work events like Nomad City?

Breaking into legacy organisations.

Can you share your own vision of Wurkr in the future?

The Vision of Wukr.io is to be an integral part of any organisation wishing
to offer remote/flexible working as an option, exactly as companies think about
brick and mortar offices today.