At first look, Timothée Régnier and Eric Normandeau are an unlikely duo.
Régnier is a younger engineer from France who moved to Montreal and hopped between completely different startups. Normandeau is a well being and health specialist who taught bodily schooling for 14 years at a Montreal college board.
An concept introduced the 2 collectively: they each needed to resolve office fatigue.
“Like lots of people, I used to be affected by drowsiness,” mentioned Régnier. “You are taking a lunch break, you head again to work, then you definately go to sleep in a gathering or in your automobile.”
Régnier needed an answer that did not contain espresso or different energy-boosting substances. He needed one thing that was pure, would slot in an workplace area, and will assist relieve office stress and anxiousness. To him, the best resolution would contain an area the place staff might rapidly nap earlier than occurring with their day.
Fortunately, Normandeau already had an concept within the works.
“Within the common inhabitants, there is a huge lack of sleep,” mentioned Normandeau. “This has penalties like stress, fatigue, anxiousness, despair and burnout. For me, that is not regular.”
This gave him an concept. He imagined a personal pod that individuals might reserve and use to relaxation in the course of the work day.
So, when Régnier and Normandeau met, they had been a pure match. They based RecharjMe collectively.
RecharjMe’s enterprise mannequin includes renting rest pods to different organizations. For a payment, firms can have a pod put in of their workspace. Then, by way of an app on their telephones, workers can e-book as much as half-hour to loosen up, freed from cost. Contained in the pod, they are going to discover a heated therapeutic massage chair, soothing music, and therapeutic lights that may assist them loosen up in the course of a busy workday.
Earlier than the pandemic, their major purchasers had been workplaces within the Montreal space. However issues modified when COVID-19 hit in March of final yr.
Tales of overworked nurses and careworn front-line staff stuffed the airwaves.
“After we noticed the misery within the hospitals, we thought ‘okay, we have now to attempt to assist them,'” mentioned Régnier.
They started working. They reached out to hospitals and supplied their providers. They now have pods put in on the CHUM, Verdun hospital, the Montreal Coronary heart Institute, and Notre-Dame hospital.
To ensure the pods are protected, the RecharjMe reserving app reminds customers to disinfect the pod earlier than and after use. Beneath the chair, there may be additionally an air air purifier to decrease the chance of infectious airborne particles within the pod.
Normandeau and Régnier say the response from well being staff has been optimistic. To date, they are saying 700 medical employees have made 4000 reservations by way of the RecharjMe app.
“For us, that is so necessary,” mentioned Normandeau. “That is why we’re doing this.”