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Sheet metal

Booking autonomy to travellers, easy group bookings for office managers, and consolidated invoices for Finance

In today’s world, there’s no “one-size fits all” approach to how companies should work. The standard 9-5 in-office model no longer exists, and many businesses around the world have hybrid working models—blending flexibility with the ability to meet in person.

At TravelPerk, we believe in the power of real-life interaction among colleagues; empowering companies to bring their teams together face-to-face. We helped LaserHub to organise what they’re now calling: 'on-site week'. Here’s how it went.

A spotlight on Laserhub

Laserhub is a startup based in Stuttgart, Germany. Founded in 2017, Laserhub developed a B2B platform for the sheet metal industry, connecting suppliers and customers in a streamlined, efficient way. 

Like many companies worldwide, Laserhub followed an office-first model when they first kicked off their operations. With a policy that gave employees the freedom to work from home 1-2 days a week, Laserhub was already fairly ahead of its time in a pre-pandemic world, offering more flexibility than most.

They decided to become a fully-remote company when they entered their phase of hyper-growth, but still kept their Stuttgart office open for those who wanted (or needed) to come in and work.

While employees are thrilled with the degree of flexibility their new way of working provides, the vast majority of the team still feels that in-person interaction is an essential part of their professional lives.

Is on-site the new offsite?

The onset of the pandemic brought about a number of new challenges for Laserhub. Like many businesses worldwide, Laserhub had to close its office doors and send everyone back to their homes for their own health and safety. Most notably, their greatest challenge was finding a way to keep their company culture alive.

Even though Laserhub is a remote company, meeting in real life is an important part of who they are. That's why they came up with the concept of an 'on-site week' — an event that happens 2-4 times a year where all employees are invited to Laserhub's Stuttgart office.

This week is about more than work. It's about the sparks of energy and creativity that happen when people meet in person. Over the course of this week, Laserhub employees engage in workshops, team-building events, and other opportunities to foster long-lasting connections in a way that simply wouldn't be possible online.

“When the pandemic came, we had to go to the home office model from one day to the other. We had to implement new formats to keep all the people together, and especially to maintain the culture itself."

Verena Rauch, Head of Talent at Laserhub

Why did Laserhub come up with this new concept?

Put simply, because it's what the team wanted. We caught up with a number of LaserHub employees and asked them what they missed most during the pandemic and what they were looking forward to in this new era, here's what they said.

“During the pandemic, we had to work from home and we couldn’t interact with other people. I really missed this human aspect – of course you can see people on a videoconference, but you don’t see the emotions. You just can’t interact the same way.”

Ludivine Levaillant, Business Development Manager @ Laserhub

“It’s very important for me to meet my colleagues face-to-face. I’m a person who needs contact with other people.”

Beate Przerada, Office Manager @ Laserhub

"What I missed most during the pandemic and meeting people was creating that personal relationship."

Rui Felgueiras, Head of Engineering @ Laserhub

How Laserhub uses TravelPerk to bring people together in real life

Laserhub started using TravelPerk in 2020 to make organising in-person meet-ups easier and more efficient.

Before signing up for TravelPerk, Laserhub employees used consumer travel sites to book business trips. They would need to search for their flight or train tickets and accommodation separately; and generate multiple invoices for each. Booking group travel was a huge challenge, and making any changes or cancellations to a trip was a logistical nightmare for their Office Manager.

Now, with TravelPerk, each traveller is able to manage every aspect of their travel itinerary themselves! Beate, Laserhub's Office Manager, can book trips for groups of employees travelling from the same place in just a few clicks. Employees can now book and manage everything in one place, and Laserhub's finance team gets one invoice for the entire trip.

Getting people together in real life just got a whole lot easier for Laserhub with TravelPerk!

"It's so much more enjoyable to book travel with TravelPerk, you have a search engine where everything is compared, and I don't have to do expenses!"

Radek Srubkowski, Scrum Master @ Laserhub

"The flexibility that comes with TravelPerk is cool. Just this morning a colleague told me she couldn't come to our on-site week, and I had a look to see if I could cancel her trip. There was no problem - I cancelled it and it was all OK!"

Beate Przerada, Office Manager @ Laserhub