Based in Amsterdam, Workwize has just got a €1.5 million investment to further their vision of shaping the new way of working, facilitating hybrid and work-from-home models.
The funding is spearheaded by Peak with participation from the Graduate Entrepreneur Fund (Graduate) and several private parties, including young entrepreneurs Marnix Broer (StuDocu) as well as Max Klijnstra and Milan Daniels (founders of Otrium, also a client of Workwize).
Founded in 2020 by young entrepreneurs Michiel Meyer, Victor Dik, Sebastiaan Scholten and Dirk Kranendijk, Workwize was built with the idea to set up remote offices and streamline the onboarding and offboarding processes for employees – adapting to the ‘new way of working’ that we’ve seen companies turn to over the past two years.
The startup aspires to promote a healthy work environment and promote diversity with its platform. In doing so, remote work can reach its full potential with regards to the benefits it has for employee wellbeing.
For many of us, the pandemic has meant our homes have also become our offices, and while now some of us return to the office, others are more convinced by this way of working. Hybrid working definitely seems to be the future.
Hybrid and remote working does come with some challenges for businesses though, and for employees too. Enter Workwize…
Workwize provides fast-growing organisations with a platform for employees with individual budgets to order products and services for their home offices, such as ergonomic desks and desk chairs as well as coffee and IT products. While the new culture of work-from-home and hybrid working spurred on by the pandemic have undoubtedly contributed to Workwize’s exponential growth, the founders believe this new approach to working style was inevitable – the pandemic simply acted as a catalyst.
Workwize CEO Michiel Meyer said: “We are convinced happy employees are an employer’s best asset. Employees are more efficient when working in a hybrid system. Our preliminary research indicated that many employees prefer hybrid working models, but many companies are not yet able to facilitate that need. By structuring these employee benefits in the best possible way, we help HR departments and facility managers to recruit and retain talented staff.”
So, with Workwize, companies can ensure that employees have productive work environments regardless of where they are – and employees can say goodbye to those questionable home office spaces.
Currently, the start-up is handling remote and customised employee processes, including customised office supplies, for clients such as Netflix, Mollie and Rocket Delivery.
Workwize will use the new capital to expand its services by adding new suppliers and more options, but it will also grow its operations abroad. The remote work model is one that expressively advocates international operations, and Workwize wants to tap into the international hybrid trend with its smart software and marketplace.
Michiel Mayer commented: “The majority of our clients operate internationally. We fully support these developments, as in doing so, organisations gain access to a diverse and international pool of talent. The scalability of our platform allows us to offer support in dozens of European countries.”
To this end, the team also want to internationalise their own team to be able to offer a multilingual and personalised approach for clients. They made their first international hire in France and are currently seeking to attract new talent across the tech, commerce and operations teams to accelerate growth.