Workspaces of the future: Rocketmakers, Mayden, and Amdaris

Find out what the workplaces of the future look like, in conversation with tech-leaders Rocketmakers, Amdaris and Mayden.

 

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What do the workplaces of the future look like?

 

It’s a question many are grappling with. We collaborated with TechSPARK uk to dig deep and find out more with tech-leaders Rocketmakers, Amdaris, and Mayden.

Rocketmakers

 

To kick off the series, we interviewed founder and CEO of bath-based Rocketmakers, Richard Godfrey. With a passion for making new, innovative products, Rocketmakers use cutting-edge technology to develop and deploy bespoke software for startups, scaleups and corporates.

Like many companies “the whole pandemic was a real eye-opener.”

Richard admits “We did ask ourselves why we really needed an office, and I think it’s really exposed why you do: it’s the times of coming together and seeing each other physically that are really important”

 

Here’s what they’ve learnt over the last 12 months:

  • Rocketmakers are moving towards a hybrid model of bringing people together for key activities and letting their team work remotely the rest of the time
  • Hybrid meetings were challenging. To combat echo problems they invested in sound-isolating headphones and directional microphones
  • Everyone has adopted a remote mentality to ensure transparency for everyone regardless of who’s in the office or working remotely
  • Rocketmakers have a duty of care to homeworkers, ensuring their home spaces are better than sitting at the end of a bed
  • Virtual gatherings have helped retain culture
  • Mixed Reality presents endless opportunities to bring people together in the future
  • There is real value in having their own branded space

You can read the full interview with Richard here.

Want to check out their office? Click here to see the case study.

Amdaris

 

In this feature we interviewed Andy Rogers from industry-leading software development, digital transformation and consultancy firm Amdaris. 

Andy says “It’s the businesses that pivot and accept ‘what we used to do isn’t going to work’, so let’s adjust’ who will find success.”
 

Here’s what they learnt over the last 12 months: 

  • Amdaris envision a focus on activity-based working 
  • Striking a balance between the needs of the team to do their job and the company to collaborate  
  • Culturally keeping the energy going with local and smaller scale team-building activities  
  • Cutting edge technology like a 360-degree video camera, called an Owl, helps hybrid video conferencing by focusing on who’s talking. “It’s neat because you can see everyone in the room and communication is more natural”  
  • Experimenting with virtual roundtables has been a resounding success with higher attendance and lower cancellation rates 
  • The office is absolutely vital for growth because “our space is our shop front” 

You can read the full interview with Andy here.  

 

Want to check out their office? Click here to see the case study.

Mayden

 

An interview with Mayden’s Founder and MD, Chris May. Mayden is a thriving company that designs, builds and supports software-driven systems for healthcare services.  

Mental health and wellbeing has always been a strong focus for Mayden and it’s engrained in their culture to look out for each other. 

Every employee also has access to a coach, Chris says “A lot of coaching sessions are face to face and outside walking. So people meet up somewhere and they go for a nice walk and talk things through, hopefully leaving both in a better place, combining exercise, fresh air and much needed conversation all in one.” 

Here’s what they learnt over the last 12 months: 

  • Agile working has always been part of Mayden’s business continuity plan, so they hit the ground running when the pandemic hit 
  • It’s okay to be ruthless with which meetings you attend to avoid burnout  
  • A strong communication infrastructure has been important for facilitating learning and growth 
  • Mental health and wellness are issues that sit right at the core of who Mayden are as a business 
  • All employees have access to a coach who they can seek out their coach for help and support. Over lockdown, many sessions have included face to face and walking outside. 
  • Homeworking works because of trust. It’s self-correcting because of the peer pressure element of agile working  
  • Creativity is the biggest things we’re missing from the office. People come alive when they meet face to face compared with video conferencing 

 

You can read the full interview with Chris here.

Tech businesses are spearheading the workplaces of the future and there’s lots we can learn from the last 12 months. Are you looking to discuss the future of your workplace? Get in touch with us today. 

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