We started Esevel on 7 April 2020, the same day that Singapore started its circuit breaker.
And purely through word-of-mouth, we got our first customers immediately after.
Why did we start a new business when others were focused on cost-cutting?
Were we crazy? Ballsy? There’s a bit of truth to both.
More more than anything, it’s because we believe in our mission.
We built Esevel to be a virtual facilities management platform that enables companies to care for their remote employees in the same way they care for their on-site staff.
And we believe that Covid19 has accelerated the need for this.
Remote work has always been a growing trend, but Covid19 has accelerated it by a decade.
Out of necessity, people who’ve never dreamt of working from home now call into Zoom in their sweatpants, their pets curled up against their feet, and their mug of coffee steaming by their side.
They’ve enjoyed it so much that eight in 10 employees in Singapore want to continue working form home, even after the circuit breaker.
Bosses who’ve always been suspicious of remote work now recognize that all that matters is getting the job done, not restricting people to 9-5 work schedules.
We heard Zillow’s Chief People Officer Dan Spaulding say “I don’t see those numbers ever going back to where they were. Our bias against working from home has been completely exploded.” Employees have stayed engaged while at home and the company was “not seeing any discernible drop in productivity”.
Even Sir Martin Sorell, a 75 year old advertising boss, says he has found working from home “energizing” and expected to bring a “permanent change” to his working practices.
He has already started ending leases at some sites. “I spend around 35 million pounds on property in a year. I’d much rather invest that in people than expensive offices.”
The new world of work is here. And it’s here to stay.
In Singapore, we’ve been on an unexpected 2-month country-wide experiment of work from home.
And here’s why we think remote work is here to stay:
We believe there’s still an important place for the physical office space.
Some things are best done on-site with your colleagues – collaboration, creative brain-storming with your team, and socializing. Yes there’s even an important place in our lives for office banter and bad jokes!
However, we believe that this new world of work will also look very different.
For a start, many of us will start to spend 1-2 days in the office for collaborative work and the remaining 3-4 days at home for deep focused work.
This means we’ll be spending 60-80% of that time working from home. This also means we’ll need to be properly equipped to work effectively.
It’s clear that companies who do not adapt to the new world of work, and go remote-first will risk lagging behind:
Esevel helps you get ready for this new world of work.
We are a virtual facilities management platform that enables you to care for your remote employees in the same way you care for your on-site staff.
From ergonomic sit stand desks and chairs, to computer screens, we provide and handle everything your remote team will need.
All on a flexible and low monthly subscription that includes delivery, maintenance, repairs and collections when an employee leaves.
We ensure you:
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