Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sphere had a strong in-office culture and remote work wasn't being offered. With a diverse workforce of 31 made up of 14 different nationalities, Sphere saw many move, relocate or return home. When one of their team, Johannes, a German national, wanted to make the move home permanent, both Kyrie Burgoine, Head of People at Sphere and Aušrinė Keršanskaitė, Head of Operations at Sphere, started to look for help to make it possible to hire him from Germany as an exception.
Sphere is developing the future of community-driven group chat, calming the chaos of chat with the organisation and closeness of community. Sphere is currently in Beta, with plans to release late 2021.
Johannes is an existing employee at Sphere, working from London prior to the pandemic, who wanted to work remotely from Germany on a permanent basis. This was the first time that Sphere was employing remotely.
The key challenges of the situation were:
Before deciding to use Omnipresent, Kyrie and Aušrinė explored a number of options but found them prohibitive from a time, effort and cost perspective:
For Kyrie and the team, they decided to use Omnipresent because of the "cost and ease of the process"
Since working with Omnipresent, Sphere are reviewing their approach to remote work.
While they hope to be back in the office soon, they are considering a hybrid model of work to provide their employees with the choice, taking into account different roles and financial implications.
They recently considered hiring their first fully remote employee based in Romania. They were delighted to know that the Omnipresent team were on hand to discuss the possibility quickly so that they could make an informed decision and could move quickly should the need arise.
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