What is Soma?
Soma is an innovative virtual office platform that offers a productive and immersive workspace for remote workers. It employs advanced 3D graphics, natural audio, and video technology to create realistic and engaging virtual environments. This allows users to interact with colleagues naturally. Soma enables users to see their colleagues' faces and expressions, hear their voices, and communicate with them in real-time. Soma provides a range of workspaces to meet all workspace needs, including buildings, offices, meeting rooms, co-working spaces, and conference centers.
With Soma, users can work from anywhere in the world, connect with anyone, and enjoy the benefits of a traditional office without the hassle of commuting. The intuitive interface ensures smooth navigation and increased productivity, making it an ideal solution for remote workers who want to stay connected and productive.
How did we start Soma?
The pandemic has shown that remote work could be a viable option for many companies. As the world is slowly returning to normal, we face the complex decision of choosing between remote work and returning to the office. While many companies have abandoned remote work and returned to the office, we ultimately decided to remain remote and create our platform, Soma, to give us the best of both worlds while minimizing the drawbacks. This would allow us to continue enjoying remote work's benefits while keeping our team safe and productive.
How does Soma work?
Soma is a virtual office designed to make remote work easier and more accessible. It's highly user-friendly and requires only a computer, mobile device, or tablet with a microphone and camera. Once you log in to the application, you can create an avatar and a simple profile with your name and team, making it easier to collaborate with your colleagues.
After setting up your account, you can access the virtual business district. This is the central hub of all virtual spaces, from which you can explore the environment by moving your avatar. Once settled in, you can head to your office and interact with colleagues in real-time. You can also share your screen with team members and feel like you're working in a traditional office environment. We've designed this virtual space to be intuitive, so it’s easy to use and straight to the point!
Soma is an excellent virtual office that can enhance team collaboration, increase productivity, and elevate remote work experience.
Let's take a closer look at some of the benefits of using Soma:
Improved communication: With soma, employees can interact with each other in a lifelike manner, regardless of their physical location. This face-to-face interaction, often missing in remote work setups, can improve communication. It allows for non-verbal cues like body language and facial expressions, enhancing understanding and collaboration. Soma's virtual office solution also offers a range of communication tools, including voice and video calls, chat, and screen sharing, to facilitate seamless collaboration.
Increased morale: The social aspect of work is crucial for employee satisfaction and morale. Soma recreates the office’s social environment in the virtual world, allowing employees to socialize, collaborate, and build relationships just like they would in a physical office. The platform includes virtual water coolers, lounges, and breakout rooms to facilitate social interactions, team building, and other non-work-related activities.
Cost savings: Traditional office spaces come with significant costs - rent, utilities, and maintenance, to name a few. With Soma, businesses can save on these expenses as employees work in a virtual office. Additionally, employees save on commuting costs, leading to personal savings. Soma's virtual office solution also offers flexible pricing plans with no long-term commitments, allowing businesses to scale their operations up or down per their requirements.
Sustainability: In line with global efforts to combat climate change, Soma is committed to being carbon neutral. Remote work has a lower carbon footprint as it eliminates daily commuting and reduces the need for large office spaces. Using Soma’s virtual office solution, businesses contribute to environmental sustainability goals. This commitment aligns with the Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) goals many companies strive for today.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): Soma is accessible to everyone, regardless of location, race, gender, or ability. This inclusivity fosters a diverse workforce and promotes equity in the workplace. This virtual office solution includes features like real-time language translation, closed captioning, and accessibility tools to ensure everyone can participate equally in the workplace.
Many top companies such as Amazon, Meta, and Google are urging their employees to return to the office. However, this has become a contentious issue as many employees resist the idea. But there's no need to worry. Soma has come up with a solution that works for both employers and employees. Soma has put much effort into making their virtual office experience as close to the real thing as possible. Soma has tested its platform with over 10,000 employees from more than 450 companies, and we are confident that it's the best solution for the future of work.
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With Soma, the future of work is already here.