As I reflect on the extraordinary, trying, and exhilarating year that is about to come to a close, I feel proud of all our accomplishments at Works. The year 2023 was far from typical, and I’m amazed at the fortitude, commitment, flexibility, education, and collaboration that occurred throughout its duration.
The year 2023 will always be remembered for the noteworthy influence of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses worldwide, having led to significant interruptions in global supply chains and an uptick in remote work due to widespread lockdown measures. Businesses were also obliged to quickly adapt to changes in consumer behaviour and digitalize outdated operational practices.
Although we faced some early setbacks, Works has achieved substantial growth and expansion, and remains dedicated to achieving our goal of delivering advanced technological solutions to businesses worldwide and assisting them in their digital transformations. It brings us great pride to have supported businesses of every type during their transition to the ‘new normal’ state in 2023.
With this in mind, I’d like to take a moment to contemplate some of the remarkable accomplishments of Works in this exceptional year, along with sharing my thoughts on these achievements.
2023: The Year of Productive Efficiency
I have long supported Works‘s “smart working” approach, which forms the foundation of our business operations. Smart working, which combines agile methodologies with remote teams, has been instrumental in driving the growth of Works, especially as it allows us to quickly adapt to changes in the business landscape while still assembling teams of the best Software Engineers in the industry.
We have always been confident in the effectiveness of our innovative approach to accomplishing our objectives. However, the year 2023 presented a substantial obstacle. I am glad to inform you that our efforts to enhance our remote working techniques and collaborate with the most highly qualified IT professionals throughout the Americas have been successful in enabling us to be well-prepared for this year’s pandemic.
Despite the challenges that have arisen, Works has successfully managed to handle widely dispersed teams of experts from all over the world by leveraging its strategic approach to work. This has allowed the business to quickly respond to present scenarios and keep its processes running smoothly. The smart working approach taken by Works has made the company more durable and adaptable, traits which will be crucial for businesses to thrive in the coming years. This trend is projected to persist far beyond 2023.
Continued Expansion, Against All Odds
Thanks to our adaptable operating procedures, we were able to continue business as usual despite the turmoil. However, this does not negate the fact that certain adjustments were necessary. In order to conform to the ‘new normal,’ we had to devise innovative methods for conducting business and restructure our goals. We re-evaluated our goal-setting strategy and created more attainable objectives by taking into account the broad implications of COVID-19.
After implementing this strategy, Works was able to mitigate the impact and offer us alternative methods for achieving our goals. The modified approach was effective, as we were able to sustain a steady rate of expansion throughout the year, despite the worldwide slowdown in the second quarter, due to the growth of our customer base.
After an initial transitionary phase, Works demonstrated to be an indispensable asset for businesses in diverse sectors, offering assistance to speed up their digital transformation initiatives and gradually modernize their infrastructure.
Consistently High Quality Across Works
In 2023, Works‘s diligent efforts and accomplishments were widely applauded. Our impressive progress garnered several accolades, including recognition in the INC 5000 and the Financial Times’ list of 500 fastest-growing private companies in the United States. Clutch recognized Works as one of the premier B2B firms in Latin America, and Works was awarded the Grand Trophy at the 2023 CEO World Awards.
We are delighted to inform you that in 2023, we were recognized as one of the top ten fastest-growing companies by the San Francisco Business Times, and we received three accolades at the 18th annual American Business Awards. Additionally, we were acknowledged as a Most Awarded Company at the Best in Biz Awards 2023, and we were named one of Clutch’s and GoodFirms’ Top 5 Web Development Companies throughout the world. Furthermore, our Chief Executive Officer was bestowed with the “Executive of the Year” award at the 2023 BIG Awards for Business.
Undoubtedly, I am delighted that Works has been acknowledged by plusieurs organizations, but there are a few awards that hold a special place in my heart.
Works was recently named Comparably’s Best Company for Diversity in 2023, putting it in the top five percent of all American businesses. This award, along with the Best Company for Compensation recognition, confirms our continued dedication to establishing a welcoming and supportive work environment for all staff members. I’m pleased that our teams share my belief that diversity is a key factor in fostering innovation and creativity.
We are thrilled to announce that Rocio Belfiore, our Chief R&D Officer, was presented with the gold medal at the 13th Annual 2023 Women in Business and the Professions World Awards. This award, which honors Rocio as the Excellence in Industry Woman of the Year in Information Technology Services and Female Executive of the Year, reinforces the idea that talent has no limitations based on ethnic origin, religion, age, or sexual preference.
Positive Outlook for the Future
As we move ahead, the business industry will still have to confront the ‘new normal’ that has been deliberated over the past year due to the pandemic. This will entail adjusting business models to accommodate an increasingly large remote workforce, a trend that is expected to continue. This will be an undertaking that is just as difficult as the past year we have had.
The employees at Works are well-equipped to handle any potential challenges that may emerge. Our pledge to hire the top 1% of IT experts in 2023 has been validated. Our staff are extremely skilled, possess the appropriate qualifications to enhance the quality of any given task, and are also adaptable and able to adjust to shifting requirements and circumstances.
It is projected that by 2023, digital accelerated processes will become the norm in corporate environments, making a proficient and knowledgeable workforce such as the one we have at Works essential. I am confident in our colleagues’ ability to help us in our endeavors, and I am grateful for their ongoing dedication.
To sum up, we would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to our customers and partners for their unwavering loyalty and support throughout the previous year. Our teamwork has resulted in significant connections that have been mutually advantageous, as well as initiatives that have improved access to the tech industry for marginalized groups.
Our previous charity campaigns have been immensely successful, prompting us to extend our Giveback Program by inviting an additional 80% of our customers to participate. The Giveback Program is a collaborative initiative between Works and our clients, designed to provide financial assistance to non-profit organizations that utilize technology to affect positive social change and improve their staff’s skills. A portion of our earnings are allocated to each customer’s preferred charity, resulting in donations to various worthy causes, including Girls in Tech, Child’s Play, and Feeding America.
In retrospect, it is clear that 2023 was a time of swift and dynamic transformation that urged us to progress and aspire to become superior versions of ourselves. Let us hope that 2023 will be a more tranquil year, allowing us to employ the knowledge we have acquired in the face of such a challenging year. Here’s to a brighter future!