It's been hard working from home hasn't it? Working Den is here to change that
Launching at a time when the world is going remote, Working Den aims to serve the growing community of remote workers and businesses globally by offering a holistic solution to help members create a healthier, motivating and sustainable work environment. With more and more businesses turning to remote working options, it is the best time to look at ways to ensure the wellbeing of virtual workers, as it is directly linked to their productivity and overall health. Working Den is affordable and easy to use software, offering a tailored and science-based service based on your profile, provided by a team of top professionals including psychologists, human resource and workplace leaders.
The platform is founded by Upwork’s top freelance talent Daniel Hall who has vast experience in remote working and has invested time in building the ideal virtual work environment. Led by the physical and mental problems he experienced in his 8 years working from home, Daniel hired a team of health and scientific experts to come up with solutions for Working Den. Together the features have created a go-to platform for wellbeing and mental health issues linked to remote working.
Working Den aims to improve physical and mental health via expert guidance, tests and ongoing support. Once the user signs up, he or she then takes a DSE assessment (Display Screen Assessment) which is a legal requirement in the UK, in order to establish what issues there are with the home working setup. It then provides solutions to the problems users have to ensure that they know how to have the 'perfect' home set up. This goes far beyond just a suitable chair and desk. Working Den service includes the Pomodoro timer built for productivity, a gratitude diary to help with depression, a depression assessment and an eye strain push notifications every 20 minutes to stop eye strain.
The solution that Working Den provides, apart from being affordable thanks to its SaaS nature, is a unique and competitive tool for individuals, virtual companies and companies who work with remote workers and virtual members.
The project serves as a successful case study for the UK Government's Business Bounce Back loans scheme. Daniel’s advertising business was adversely affected during lockdown due to companies pausing their advertising internationally. To “bounce back” Daniel saw a gap in the market to help the masses of people who were working remotely for the first time with not much consideration given to their health. And the Bounce Back loan that Daniel borrowed is what has funded the business.
In Daniel’s words: “Working from home has nearly been the death of me. The loneliness of hardly ever seeing anyone, the constant long hours because you are always by a computer and the burn out that followed. Lots of people who have started working from home since Covid will have experienced this and lots more will experience it as time goes on. I want to teach people there is a healthier way of doing things. What we have launched is only the start, we already have more features in development and I’ll do everything I can to improve the lives of people who are working from home.”
About the team:
Working Den is founded by Daniel Hall. The growing team of experts includesDr Margarida Rafael, Psychologist with her own private practice and experience in both hospitals and the US prison system who has worked on a number of projects for MindOnly with Dan Brown, a psychologist and professor at Harvard University, Aylen Gomez Ovejero, Organisational Psychologist & Wellness Coach, SofijaVojvodic, Research Psychologist & Behavioural Neuroscientist, Adel Lawson, HSE Expert and one of Airsweb’s “Top HSE Influencers of 2018” and Jeff Caulfield, qualified Physio and Exercise Physiologist specialising in injury prevention for NSW Health.
Dan has been working from home since 2012. In this time, he has become a ‘Top Rated Freelancer’ on Upwork, earning of over $1 million and, subsequently, he has written the book The Million Dollar Freelancer. Whilst Dan earned good money and outwardly appeared to be living ‘The Good Life’, this wasn’t quite the reality. The long hours took their toll and led to several cases of burnout and severe depression. Dan has made just about every possible physical and mental health mistake whilst working from home. In early 2019, he set about finding solutions to improve his work and life balance. What he learnt inspired several of the features in Working Den, and it’s his mission to continue working with scientists and health professional to find new ways that working from home can be made healthier and sustainable.
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