WeWork Joins Rush of Tech Corporations Into Workplace Software program as Its Shares Sag

WeWork Inc.

is hoping to spice up its drooping share value by becoming a member of the rising variety of know-how corporations promoting apps, knowledge instruments and different software program to landlords and workplace tenants attempting to regulate to the brand new world of hybrid workplaces.

9 months after going public, the shared-workplace operator in July formally launched a service named WeWork Office, which incorporates the software program instruments that WeWork has been utilizing to energy its scores of places. For the primary time, WeWork is now providing these instruments to all tenants no matter WeWork membership.

WeWork executives say Office will assist companies lure staff again to workplaces by giving their staff an app with which they will do things like e-book a convention room, submit an organization announcement or register for a yoga class.

“Corporations of all sizes acknowledge that individuals aren’t coming in day-after-day,” stated

Scott Morey,

WeWork’s president of know-how and innovation. That sea change within the office has created challenges that require digital options, he stated.

However WeWork isn’t alone in on the lookout for new enterprise alternatives within the upheaval within the office-space business brought on by the pandemic. Rivals additionally providing a variety of apps, knowledge, telecommunications and different software program embody know-how corporations reminiscent of

Cisco Programs Inc.


Honeywell Worldwide Inc.

and startups reminiscent of VTS and HqO.

“The race remains to be early,” Mr. Morey stated.

A WeWork location in San Francisco. The corporate shook up the office-space enterprise within the years main as much as the pandemic.



Within the early levels of the pandemic, tech corporations raced to assist companies address well being, security and telecommunication techniques as staff shifted nearly in a single day to working from house. For instance, beer-brewing firm


NV used HqO’s workplace app to keep up a protected degree of occupancy and keep social distancing, stated

Stephan Ottenhoff,

a digital and know-how supervisor at Heineken within the Netherlands.

Extra just lately, tech corporations have been attempting to assist companies and landlords take care of the sluggish reopening of conventional workplaces. Most companies have adopted hybrid methods combining workplace work and distant work which have required administration groups to rethink convention rooms, design, safety, scheduling, meals, air high quality and different workplace wants.

Cisco is attempting to faucet into this demand with a palette of providers together with its teleconferencing system that cancels background sounds and a space-management software that tracks worker utilization of convention rooms and different workplace area. Cisco has added all these applied sciences to its New York workplaces, which it makes use of as a showcase for promoting these providers.


in the meantime, has tried to seize market share with software program reminiscent of Folks Counting, a software that analyzes video from safety cameras to maintain a real-time log of how many individuals go out and in of the workplace.

Cisco Programs makes use of its New York workplaces as a showcase for promoting a space-management software that tracks worker use of convention rooms.


Cisco Programs

Different tech corporations are serving to companies and landlords persuade staff to return to workplaces, one thing many are loath to do after greater than two years of settling into distant life. Workplace apps and accompanying knowledge instruments are designed to assist overcome this resistance by making the office extra enjoyable, environment friendly and protected.

The dimensions of the office-software enterprise is tough to gauge partly as a result of it’s so younger, however members estimate that it’s within the billions of {dollars}.

WeWork’s rollout of its workplace-software service marks the most recent chapter within the saga of the corporate. WeWork shook up the office-space enterprise within the years main as much as the pandemic, however a deliberate preliminary public offering in 2019 flopped spectacularly.

Since then, a brand new administration staff has lower prices by shedding quite a few leases. Final October, WeWork went public by a merger with a special-purpose acquisition firm.

However the firm’s inventory, which hit a excessive of $13.18 in October, has fallen to beneath $5 a share partly as a result of the corporate continues to function at a loss and remains to be on the hook for a $2.4 billion load of debt, due in 2025, analysts say.


Will venturing into workplace software program be sufficient to maintain corporations like WeWork afloat? Be a part of the dialog beneath.

Some analysts don’t count on WeWork’s new workplace-software providing to be a lot assist.

“It appears to be a diversion, greater than the rest, away from what’s a nasty enterprise mannequin,” stated

David Coach,

chief govt of investment-research agency New Constructs.

However Piper Sandler’s senior real-estate-investment-trust analyst,

Alexander Goldfarb,

predicted that boosting constructing occupancy with new ventures reminiscent of WeWork Office and slicing value margins assist put WeWork on monitor to realize optimistic money circulation in 2024.

“WeWork is a good outfit for corporations on the lookout for flexibility and small companies to have, particularly whenever you’re attempting to determine what your workplace wants,” Mr. Goldfarb stated.

Write to Rebecca Picciotto at rebecca.picciotto@wsj.com

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