This is the story of how and why we decided to build WorkStyle.
In January of this year I sat down with my friend Melissa to learn more about how she led her fully remote team at Melewi. They are spread across the world in different timezones and culture with clients like McDonalds, Samsung & Heineken.
Melissa is incredibly well organised. Everything from her calendar, to-do lists and business maps were well thought out. But one thing immediately jumped out at me. She had developed a ‘work style’ profile for herself – kind of a cheat sheet on how to best work with Melissa.
It was an incredibly insightful 2 pages. Things that you would normally learn after getting to know how to work with someone over weeks and months you could learn on day one. On it were things like her communication & management styles, how she gives feedback and little things that are good to know about her (ie – she’s not a morning person).
Melissa said that sharing this document with her team had helped improved team cohesion and communication immensely. I figured this was a process and tool that could help teams of all sizes, I could think of multiple times in my career thus far that it would have been immensely valuable.
After some initial research online I could see that this was actually a process that teams have been doing manually for years. Organisations like Bain & Co have even incorporated it into their on-boarding processes.
With this problem and opportunity clearly identified my cofounder Thomas and I got stuck into building an MVP and collecting user feedback. We decided to call it WorkStyle – simple but it describes the product well. Just over 4 months later and now we have a fledgling product with over 500 users and paying customers in 5 countries.
It’s early days but I’m cautiously optimistic about the future of WorkStyle – I believe we are building something that can help teams of all sizes all over the world be happier and more effective. The feedback has been very encouraging thus far.