Knowledge workers are expected to be working from home nearly half the time post Covid. Business services teams may seldom visit the office given much of their work is likely to be viewed as best performed solo. Yet introductions and informal conversations are a vital way for joiners to meet new colleagues, and people to share ideas, knowledge and gossip.
One of the top priorities for management is sustaining a collaborative culture post Covid. Regular leadership updates may be mission-critical but are insufficient. People need to interact and there are only two dimensions:
Face to face interaction is vital to sustaining culture, but the sums involved can be massive and surveys indicate that offices are likely to be 50% under-utilised post Covid.
A city-centre office costs around £1,000 per employee per month.
Converting part of an office to a gym or quality social space can be incredibly expensive.
Hiring an external venue for social events or team-building exercises can easily exceed £100 per employee per event.
Online interaction with its low costs and usually 24/7 availability has also become vital to sustaining culture.
Client and internal meetings and training courses are expected to remain mostly online to ensure a level playing field for all participants.
A small minority will convert to a virtual office from a supplier such as Sococo at a monthly cost of £10 to £20 per seat depending on video usage.
Most firms are exploring hybrid solutions using platforms such as Zoom or Teams. However, unlike specialist platforms such as Remo, these workhorses were not designed for introductions across a busy room or random informal conversations in a hallway.
The Forum has therefore developed a unique, secure, private, confidential Intra-Lounge®hosted 24/7 on the Remo platform with unlimited video and a choice of floorplansat a special launch rate of just £5 per seat per month per concurrent hall - see pricing table opposite.
Larger firms can have multiple linked halls, each with up to 800 seats.
How does an Intra-Lounge® work?
Private guest list for each hall
Move freely between virtual tables for two, four, six or eight people with a floor for each 100 seats, and sight of the avatars of everyone on the same floor in your hall.
Converse privately with those on your table through video screen windows (small or tiled).
Once a table is full, no-one else can join until someone leaves.
Fully-functional stage/conference module (on managed basis)
A shuffle function brings people together from across the firm on a random basis.
Navigation boxes to move among halls and the firm's intranet.
Leadership updates can be streamed to the screen in the main hall on each floor.
A private HighQ Collaborate site can be integrated at no cost
This can provide a blog/discussion forum, events calendar, tasks module, document store, wiki, searchable list of employees etc
Sophisticated tables, workflow and data visualisation are possible through the iSheet module
Private messaging is easy from mini cards and employee lists
Specify immediate, daily or weekly alerts for different activities
Monthly rates per concurrent hall
Hall capacity and associated monthly costs (excluding VAT) are as follows:
10 seats - £50
25 seats - £125
50 seats - £250
100 seats - £500
200 seats - £1,000
300 seats - £1,500
400 seats - £2,000
500 seats- £2,500
600 seats - £3,000
700 seats - £3,500
800 seats - £4,000
These launch rates may have to rise in the future but will be permanently fixed for initial users.
A membership of the Managing Partners' Forum in each participating country.
A 100% uplift is applied to the above rates for non-members.
A choice of standard 2D Remo floor plans is available at no extra cost with each hall. These can be swapped for subscribers for £100 per swap. The 3D floorplan opposite is an optional extra, costed as follows:
Unbranded hall - £800
Unbranded hall with graphic pack for banner slots - £1,100
Branded hall with simple colour scheme - £1,600
Branded hall with colour scheme and some re-arrangement of furniture - £2,000
Hall created from scratch - background; layout; colour scheme etc - £2,500 to £5,000 depending on work involved and the number of iterations.
A 14 day trial is available for firms wanting a 50+ seat plan. These use the 3D floorplan opposite.
A six-month commitment is followed by monthly renewals. Alternatively, an annual commitment attracts a 10% discount and a free HighQ Collaborate integration for 50+ seat plans. Contact Claire Mitchell for more info.