New App helps businesses and hospitality thrive during ‘Plan B’

A collective groan from businesses and hospitality venues alike could be heard this week following the Government’s ‘Plan B’ announcement. The move back to working from home (WFH) is a catastrophe for many businesses who have been at pains to get people back into the office – as well as hospitality who have welcomed back office workers grabbing lunches and coffees and booking Christmas parties.

With many home office set ups dismantled and fears of a decrease in productivity, businesses are quite rightly worried about indefinite restrictions. While hospitality is excluded from face masks in the main, COVID passports and a reluctance to socialise due to the ongoing crisis will hit hard, as reports surged of cancelled Christmas dos.

The Reef App can help those who will find it difficult to work from home as well as keeping footfall strong across hospitality venues throughout December and beyond. Businesses can sign up to the app which enables their employees to book a convenient workspace in a hospitality venue. Venues can list free of charge what space they have available and when, as well as offering exclusive discounts on food and drink. Almost 200 venues have already signed up.

According to research carried out by Reef App Ltd, almost half of the office workers say their working environment has a serious impact on their mental health (44 per cent). Working from home has left many feeling isolated with burnouts increasing and less collaboration with work colleagues. The Reef App will help employers support staff’s mental wellbeing at a crucial time while also maintaining a productive workforce.

James Coughlan, Founder of Reef App Ltd. comments:

‘Plan B has come at a time when businesses and hospitality were just lifting their heads above the parapet. It’s a bitter pill to swallow and will hit venues hard. When developing the Reef App during the first lockdown, we were conscious that the workplace will never be the same again so companies and hospitality alike need to be agile and able to act quickly in order to support both staff and profits. The Reef App manages to bridge the gap between home and office with a hybrid solution, it’s really a no-brainer of a tool to have as a business and a venue. Venues only need to list the space they have available at the times they want, so it’s incredibly flexible.’


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