Since Pragli is free, you can just sign up and get started with your team. Some people understand it best when they poke around (note that Pragli doesn't have a useful "single-player" mode - it needs a group of people to be effective).
However, if you or your teammates want a pitch first, here's what we'd tell you in a demo call.
This is a long post (~5 min) - if you want a shorter version, scroll through our homepage. However, if you read this whole article, you'll have a much better understanding of the product. We definitely recommend it if you're seriously considering trying Pragli.
The two big issues of remote work
Pragli exists because Vivek and I experienced two big problems when working remotely ourselves: communication friction and loneliness.
As it turns out, these two problems are also the biggest problems that most remote workers feel. Here's a graphic from Buffer and AngelList's State of Remote Work 2020.
Let's look at how Pragli solves these two main issues.
Pragli reduces communication friction
Pragli helps reduce communication friction by solving the Slack / Teams "back-and-forth" problem.
You've probably experienced it before.
- You message someone
- After 2 minutes, they get back to you
- You ask for clarification
- They reply
Before you know it, 15 minutes have gone by typing away to figure something out that could've been done in person in 2 minutes. 50+ messages later, you decide to schedule a time to talk it out for the next day. You context switch onto some other work in the interim.
This is a communication disaster.
Instead, in Pragli, you can see if someone's available and, if so, immediately talk it out.
Pragli provides availability via manual and automatic social signals.
First, Pragli integrates with your calendar(s) to automatically show your availability.
Second, Pragli has quick, manual status updates.
Third, if you choose to open your door, Pragli will automatically show your availability via your computer's idle time.
Finally, Pragli supports numerous other integrations to show social signals, like weather and Spotify.
Once you know that someone is available, Pragli provides rooms for speaking with teammates.
Think of rooms like virtual conference rooms or private offices. You can make rooms like #team-infra, #stand-up, #water-cooler, or #office-doug.
One of the cool features of rooms is you can see who is inside and, if the door isn't locked, jump right into the conversation.
If you want to speak with someone and their door is closed, you can send them a "request," which will ring them (like a phone call). They will need to accept this, and then the two of you will be placed into a temporary room.
If their door is open, you'll immediately be able to speak to them, like a walkie-talkie. To protect their privacy, they will join with audio and video off by default.
Pragli helps teammates build closeness / culture and feel less lonely
People who work remotely get lonely. When Vivek and I did our initial survey, we found that the remote software engineers on average have less than one unscheduled audio/video conversation with teammates per week. Compare that to the number of conversations you'd have in a day in an office!
Pragli helps remote teammates build closeness in four main ways.
First, via expressive avatars
Avatars give teammates a way of expressing themselves, building a sense of presence and camaraderie. We've heard many times from managers that normally reserved, distant teammates create awesome, unique avatars to display themselves to their team. Avatars allow teammates to present their best, most quirky selves.
Second, by encouraging audio & video communication
By speaking rather than typing, teammates naturally build closeness. Typing is impersonal and leaves room for ambiguity. Speaking is higher fidelity and more personal.
Third, with spaces for remote teammates to have non-work fun
This includes via dedicated channels like the #water-cooler, as well as our built-in trivia game. We also have spatial rooms that allow you to navigate around a map and join conversations. Or you can passively hang out with your teammates in the Lofi rooms that play chill lofi music.
Fourth, with fun celebrations
This allows you to celebrate your teammates' successes. You can also send GIFs as well!
Pragli helps employees manage their interactions with bosses and employers with all kinds of privacy toggles. Here are a few ways to manage privacy.
Closed door vs open door
Pragli defaults to closed door communication. If you're not comfortable with presence detection or walkie-talkie style communication, you can just leave it that way. When your door is closed, Pragli does not detect presence, and anyone who wants to reach you will need to request you (like a phone call).
Open door: join / pull defaults
If you'd prefer to open your door, one of the key things to understand in Pragli is the idea of join and pull defaults. These are the default states of your audio and video when intentionally choosing to join a conversation / channel vs when someone pulls you into a conversation / channel.
Pull - by default, when someone starts a conversation with you, or pulls you into a channel, your audio is off and your video is off. This is to protect your privacy.
Join - by default, when you start a conversation with someone or click to join a channel, your audio is on and your video is off.
Here's what starting a conversation looks like by default:
Both can be configured under preferences.
Both manual and automatic (calendar) statuses can be used to prevent people from starting conversations with you manually. For example, if you want to focus for 2 hours without interruption, you can set a manual status with either "warn" or "block" behavior.
Here's how to configure a manual status:
Here's how to configure a calendar:
Let's say you work in HR, and need to have a very private conversation with a teammate. You don't want anyone to drop in.
Rooms can be locked to prevent drop ins. Instead, teammates will have to knock to get in.
Here's what locking a room and receiving a knock looks like:
More questions? Check out our FAQ. Even more? Navigate to our homepage and reach out to us through the blue bubble in the bottom right. We're happy to chat there or schedule a conversation.
Also, Pragli is free! Pragli will be entirely free until at least November 1, and we plan to have a free offering forever. Sign up and try it out with your team here.