That strategic mindset helped Sander realise that MAPIQ needed to adapt significantly to tackle the coronavirus challenge. Within a few weeks, Sander and his team went back to the drawing board and developed two new features designed to help employees return to offices safely.
- The first one is a tool that helps managers calculate a safe office capacity and reorganise their floor plans, taking social distancing regulations into account.
- The second one is an application that allows employees to book shifts in the office on their preferred days, in a safe capacity.
MAPIQ also refocused operationally. In the past the business was geared towards physical meetings – the MAPIQ team travelled to see clients and attend trade shows all over Europe. Now they are able to handle everything remotely, from client meetings to lead generation.
‘Our product was really tailored at top-of-the-pyramid companies like Deloitte, that fully embraced agile working and hotdesking,’ says Sander. ‘We realised that we have a software platform that gives companies flexibility, and that is exactly what we need to get people back to work safely.’
MAPIQ’s new products have been phenomenally successful, and by pivoting to meet the new demands of the industry, Sander has opened up a whole new market that didn’t exist before.
‘All companies are transitioning to a new way of working now,’ he explains. ‘The role of the office is changing, not just for front running companies. Traditional companies now realise they can also support flexibility. So at the end of the day, our market has become much bigger.’