FlexOS Sets to Lead the Hybrid Work Technology Space in Asia with $1M Funding
SINGAPORE – FlexOS has closed an oversubscribed $1 million seed round to drive employee engagement and retention for companies that are adopting a hybrid work model. Do Ventures, an early-stage VC firm, led the funding round, followed by VIK Partners, Vulpes Ventures, Hustle Fund, Wing Vasiksiri (iSeed SEA), and Plug and Play Ventures.
They are joined by angels including Windy Natriavi, an early GoJek VP, renowned management consultant Dr. Ramesh Ramachandra, Jeff Lonsdale, Julian Low, Kheng Lian, Marc Gottesman, and Amarit “Aim” Charoenphan.
Investing In A Hybrid Future Of Work
These investors have confirmed the tremendous opportunity that hybrid work presents in Asia. According to research from McKinsey, a leading consultancy, 90% of companies will switch to hybrid work, combining work from home and work from the office.
In South-East Asia, hybrid work is often not even a choice for employers. In Singapore, 2 in 5 employees would not accept a job if their employer doesn’t provide them with flexibility for when and where to work. In Vietnam, only 9% of Gen Z want to work in an office full-time. And in Indonesia, 83.5 percent of employees prefer to work in hybrid mode.
Their employers experience challenges when introducing hybrid work. Companies need to introduce, measure, and optimize hybrid ‘policies.’ They must redesign their offices and operate them differently to provide on-demand spaces to focus, meet, and collaborate. Most importantly, they need to be much more intentional about their employee engagement, as a vast body of research shows that connection, community, and company culture suffer when people do not work together in person.
Employee-Centric Approach To Making Hybrid Work, Work
Having backgrounds in employee experience, coworking, and technology, the FlexOS founding team of Daan van Rossum (Ogilvy, Dreamplex), Greg Marschall (Knowork), and Jonah Levey (Vietnamworks, Dreamplex) saw the shift of companies moving towards hybrid working.
They also gained a unique understanding of how to best address companies’ challenges when transitioning to this flexible way of working. Together, they developed FlexOS to offer companies a data-driven set of tools to engage and retain hybrid teams and operate hybrid offices.
Features include gamified office check-ins, desk and meeting room booking, and up to 10 monthly events and activities tailored to employees’ unique interests. These employee-centric features work in unison to get people together again, and to make the office a place people love coming to on the days they choose to do so.