In these times of chaos, many companies are turning to telecommuting as a way to keep their employees safe. However, with so many people now returning to the office, it can be difficult to find an open parking spot, a desk in the office, or an available conference room. Sharvy is here to help! It's is a digital solution that allows employees to reserve parking spaces, workstations, and cafeteria spots in advance. This will make it easier for employees to find a spot when they come into the office, and will also support new hybrid working methods.
Sharvy is an all-in-one application that allows employees to book a parking space, a workstation, and/or a spot at the cafeteria. Sharvy is available as both a desktop and mobile app, so it can be used anywhere. The goal of the company is to make it easier for employees to reserve spots and support new hybrid working methods.
Sharvy can manage resources such as parking spaces, workstations, and cafeteria spots. This gives companies a better look at what is being used and what is not to reallocate resources. For example, if the company sees that the parking garage is almost always full, they can move more employees to work from home. Or, if a conference space isn't being used, it can be converted into a recreational area.
Sharvy is for anyone who works in a company with shared spaces. This includes employees, managers, and executives. Sharvy can help companies manage their resources more efficiently and make it easier for employees to find open spots when they come into the office thereby increasing their productivity and making it a more enjoyable environment to work in.
There are many different ways that Sharvy can be used in an office. Sharvy can help with:
One of the biggest issues that Sharvy can address is parking. With the platform, employees can reserve a parking space in advance. This will help to reduce the amount of time spent looking for a spot to park, which can be very frustrating and cause them to start out the day in a bad mood.
Space within the office can also be at a premium. For example, desk space in an open floor plan can be an issue. Sharvy allows employees to book a workstation in advance, which will help to reduce the frustration of not being able to find an open desk, an issue that often leads to drops in productivity. Another resource in offices that is scarce is conference rooms. Everyone wants one at the same time, so some end up without. Sharvy allows you to find an open room or book one ahead of time so you can plan your day efficiently. No more hoping that there is somewhere to present the next big idea.
If your company has a cafeteria environment, you might also struggle to find space in there. Lunch meetings have become a normal part of the business day, especially for those in sales. Being able to reserve part of the cafeteria in which to have your meeting can remove some of the stress of a lunch meeting.
Sharvy is currently available to companies as both a desktop and a mobile app. Prices are determined per managed resource, as opposed to per user. To learn more about the platform, to get a demo, or to sign up, you can go to the company's website.
Interview by Todd Cochrane of Geek News Central.
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I want to welcome Stéphane Seigneurin. Did I pronounce it right? Or did I get it wrong? You're with Sharvy?
Yeah, that's right. Yeah. Hello, good morning.
Good morning. So tell us what you guys are doing here at CES, give me the full pitch on Sharvy?
Sure we are just downstairs with the French Tech. We're part of the startups which are here exposing. We're representing, some French companies and we operate mainly today in Europe, with an app which enables to optimize the company's office management. It makes it easy to book a parking space or an office desk, in a situation where COVID has people away from work, and sometimes when want to go back to work, they want to know who's there, how many days they were allowed to go to the site, and we help them do that with an app.
So we are here to explore that, and to show that and to demo it and so that we can, start to kick off the business in North America,
I have a separate company where most employees have been out since the beginning of COVID. We started going back to the office a little bit once a week, about a month and a half ago. Some employees are comfortable coming back, and some aren't. We made it flexible for them to do that but I think my organization is small enough, I can keep track of who's doing what, when, and where but If you're with a bigger, once you get above maybe 50 or 100 people, you're not going to know who's in the office, who isn't, who's been coworking together and all that stuff.
Is your app, then providing some tracking than to who's been exposed to who or who's been coworking together? What is that into?
You have two sides of seeing the app, there are the employee benefits, knowing that they are allowed to go to sites, and they can organize themselves, and then you have resources there, and it's clean because they know, the company knows who's going to occupy the space. So there's the benefit from the employee standpoint, and there's the benefit from the employer standpoint, who knows who's on-site today, and they can know which team is there, and they can organize the size of the office as well. A lot of companies have been downsizing, the square meters and so here they need 30% less office space, and maybe we can make sure when they go to a site that it's the right people going there, depending on priorities as well of the business.
So are you saying that the App will actually help you determine what the new office size should be or are you saying just because companies are downsizing, it just gives them a better way to manage that space,
It gives you KPIs, you can monitor or you can view the number of spaces that are being used in real-time again, so, you can determine, you know, whether you want to size down, size up, or do whatever. So you can take decisions, basically based on figures the employees, they know exactly where they can go, and where it's safe to go and so it makes life easier for the employees.
That's one thing that we're looking at is, the office space I had prior to COVID was sufficient. Now I feel like I'm just paying for a lot of empty space and when you're in a lease, there is really nothing you can do until the lease period is up, but something that we'll be looking at Mike, they say okay, can we downsize? It is going to go from 8,000 square feet down to 4,000, what's the impact going to be, how many rooms? So I could see where this would be very beneficial to see use cases so that you have an idea of what to plan for, as lease agreements come up.
Correct. As well at the same time, when we see the companies using our app, today, we have more than 50,000 people using the app in real-time and so what we see is that companies are converting some spaces, which are dedicated to desk positions, or share workstations to collaboration spaces. So that they convert the way the office is seeing and occupied, so that it's more attractive because yeah, you have to know why you're getting on-site, rather than working from home. If you go on-site it's because you want to have some interactions with others. It's why the app gives you an opportunity even if you keep the same space, to organize it a little bit differently so that you have more interaction and it's more fun and you have more willingness to go on-site rather than staying home.
Are you looking at anything from a productivity standpoint, because this is the thing always we worry about is, when you're in the office, everybody can see each other, you kind of know what the productivity is but when you're out, off-site, you're out of sight out of mind a little bit, you still getting your tasks done, but you don't know if that productivity levels the same as it would have been if you were in the office? Maybe it's higher. It could be in that case, are you guys looking at implementing anything in that regard?
In our app, the companies are also asking us to add some more like ordering of services, because we have the employer list, and then you can order some services your company would provide. It goes from a simple thing like I want my office cleaned, and you are put into the app, like your remote working, you're doing you're working from home. So you put that right into the app and it helps other people know that you're not there but you're still working off. Basically, it helps to improve productivity because we know that you're at work, or you're at work working from home. So which is a little bit different than being [Inaudible]of course,
It's awesome. So right now mostly used in Europe, but you're starting to roll this out more in the United States.
Yeah, we have large companies, like US companies like Nielsen Group, Ralph Lauren, and others using the app in Europe. Down, you know they are the headquarters and big companies like Subsea 7 or others, and of course, they're expanding now they want to use the app now in the US because there's no reason why we can't work. Basically, before we had no time to do it but we see yes it's a fantastic opportunity to discuss and to meet customers and prospects to show them the value of the app. So that they discover and then they start using it. So that's why we're here, basically,
Is your business model, then based on an enterprise level, so many seats get to use the app, or what's the model?
Kind of yeah, it's a simple thing, it sounds like $3 per resource manage, which is a desk, their workstation, or it can be car park space because in some in some cities where there's a lot of tension on car park the cost of car parking is huge. We just sell basically $3 Per the number of rides managed per month and that's where we start. Then there are some options depending on, maybe you want to open the parking gate from your app, rather than having a fob or whatever. So we have other options, depending on what you want to put in place.
How about access to the office, same way, we say the key fob?
Yeah, we do that for companies like Merck, in the pharmaceutical industry. We activate the entrance to the building, depending on your office reservation and so we connect the gate control system, or security control system to enable your access to it. So it makes the use very simple. You don't have to worry about it. You have your booking and then you go on you use your phone.
When you access it then the app knows you're on-site, so it's almost like that automatically gets updated. That's very, very cool.
Yeah, very, very cool.
So folks, definitely check out Sharvy, s-h-a-r-v-y. Is that dot com? Or where's the website?
Yeah .com. And, Sharvy of course, the under root of it is sharing, you know, Sharvy, because we're sharing office space, we're sharing parking spaces and everything and so that's sharvy.com. It's very easy. You can come and visit us as well and we'll be more than happy to discuss and present you that thing too.
All right. Outstanding. So for the folks at home, make sure you go to sharvy.com and check out their website maybe this is the solution for your business. Thank you for being on.
Thanks. Thanks for hosting.
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