When Covid started and my wife had to work form home, she really missed randomly running into co-workers at the watercooler.
That easy communication which could be about work, or just life in general, was gone. So, we set out to create a virtual watercooler that would let her continue to build relationships and maintain the company culture while working from home.
With so many conversations with co-workers happening over video chat, we realized that people wanted to stay in contact, but not be forced to be camera-ready all the time.
While conversation over text message can be fast, the context is sometimes lost. It can also take a lot of effort to get a question answered or say what's on your mind.
So, we decided that an instant voice chat app was the best tool to replicate those in-office watercooler conversations.
The app is easy to use. Just signup with your company email and you're connected to everyone else in your company. You can notify them that you want to jump in a chat room and catchup. It takes only 2-3 clicks to setup and join a discussion.
We also offer virtual happy hours hosted by a professional comedian. It's a great way to bring some fun to your organization.
The lunchroom, and lunchtime overall, has been lost to scheduled meetings.
Finding new ways for employees to build those informal relationships that have such a big impact on career development is top of mind for everyone.
Our products provide an effective and informal way for staff to learn about new jobs, company values and culture regardless of where they are working: home, traveling or in the office.
We know that great ideas can come from those impromptu interactions in the office.
In a remote work environment, giving employees chances to connect with those on other teams, departments and offices promotes creativity.
All the pieces for the next big idea are there, bring it to life by bringing teams together in a more natural manner. The Virtual Watercooler app is one solution to get all the right people talking.
Business development at eWork. Software engineer at Hewlett Packard and Dean Witter.
MBA Wharton, MS Computer Science -University of Pennsylvania.
Software engineer & IT Director at Starwood Hotels, Scholastic, Avon and Sony.
MS Computer Science - University of Pennsylvania.