Remote friendly is almost a requirement if you are looking to hire these days. I am all for remote first / remote-friendly companies. If your work involves spending a lot of time with computers, travelling to get to an “office” is not a requirement company should force on their employees.
Each company is different, though, in how they operate. Every person similarly is other in what they accept out of their role. Some are happy to come to the office and spend those 5-6 hours of dedicated time at a desk, while others prefer being at home, having their setup and not have to worry about changing different modes of transport to start work.
I have been thinking about how this affects a companies culture, though. For example, do remote companies find it challenging to set a culture vs companies where employees meet often and sometimes even go out for drinks after office works on Friday? I would love to read more about this.
I was reading this article today and could not agree more.
But with that said, something has been missing.
What most people don’t realize is that remote-first is held together by infrequent but hugely powerful in-person meetings. To be more direct: I don’t think remote-first works without in-person retreats and gatherings. Retreats are the glue that bonds us together as a team.
Remote teams will always indeed need in-person interaction to succeed. If you want to go all remote with your business, I hope you have plans for frequent in-person interactions.