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Remote Work Awards 2019

A celebration of remote companies building the future of work

A celebration of the future of work by RemoteHub in partnership with Running Remote and Remote-how

Most distibuted team
Xapo
πŸ™ 194
🌎 55
Most remote team locations
GitLab
πŸ™ 252
🌎 51
Remote work advocate
Doist
πŸ™ 49
🌎 25
New service for remote teams
SafetyWing
πŸ™ 9
🌎 7
Most detailed interview
OnTheGoSystems
πŸ™ 77
🌎 41
Most followed on Twitter
Buffer
πŸ™ 42
🌎 15
Community for remote workers
Product Hunt
πŸ™ 17
🌎 10
Most detailed engineering culture
Stanwood
πŸ™ 18
🌎 9

Distributed

Remote work is based on a concept that work does not need to be done in a specific place (office). This is not something that happens in the future. This is now!

There are a lot of companies who work remotely, and have been doing that for many years.

Some teams are working from the same city, but a lot of companies also have team members in many different countries throughout the globe.

"For GitLab, being an all-remote company did not start as an intentional decision. It was a natural evolution as our first team members started choosing to work from home."

GitLab

The first single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle
πŸ™ 252 locations
🌎 51 countries
πŸ€“ 501+ members

Now GitLab has more than 800 team members working from 250+ locations across 50+ countries throughout the globe. GitLab has the biggest number of cities on RemoteHub.

Teams on RemoteHub have added more than 2,000 cities from 100 countries they work from. Meet the TOP 10 distributed companies with members working from most countries.

#1
Xapo
πŸ™ 194
🌎 55
#2
GitLab
πŸ™ 252
🌎 51
#3
OnTheGoSystems
πŸ™ 77
🌎 41
#4
Time Doctor
πŸ™ 32
🌎 28
#5
Scrapinghub
πŸ™ 87
🌎 27
#6
Doist
πŸ™ 49
🌎 25
#7
Suse
πŸ™ 37
🌎 22
#8
BairesDev
πŸ™ 56
🌎 19
#9
MailerLite
πŸ™ 28
🌎 19
#10
Convert
πŸ™ 18
🌎 18

Access the larger talent pool

Teamweek is a remote company headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia – a city in Europe that has a lot of development talent in spite of it's small size.

Estonia has a strong IT sector, and has been mentioned as the most advanced country in Europe in the terms of e-Government of Estonia. Also known for it's e-Residency program that enables digital entrepreneurs to start and manage an EU-based company online, Estonia is quite well-known throughout the world.

Fun fact: RemoteHub is also made in Estonia!

Teamweek, like many other remote companies, started to hire for remote positions to access the larger talent pool. While there are a lot of development talent in Estonia, there's also a lot of IT companies who need the talent.Β After testing remote work with one of their teams, they knew it was a perfect solution and today their distibuted team works from 10 countries, all in different timezones, including Brazil, Kenya and Canada among others.

"In 2012 we started with a team in office, then in 2014 only our Marketing manager was fully remote, and then our Development team began to phase out the office! We started to make "remote-first" a priority and finally in 2019, we've gotten rid of the office for good!"

marketgoo

Easy SEO Tools
πŸ™ 6 locations
🌎 3 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

While a lot of companies have started in the office and have been adding remote team members, some companies started with a remote team from day one.

β€œWe started as a remote company from day one.”

OnTheGoSystems

β€œWe started remote and will stay that way forever.”

SafetyWing

β€œWe have always been remote, there is no office space to go to!”

Hexagonal Consulting

Most work from home

When if you're not expected to show up at the office (or if you do not have an office to go to), why not go travel the world? There are people who don't even have a home address as they're flying to a new country every month (call them digital nomads), but most remote workers actually work from home or a nearby coworking space.

β€œI took a one-way flight from Estonia to San Francisco quitting my studies and career to start a new one- remote one.”

Enelin Paas – Head of Business Development at SafetyWing

Enelin is Head of Business Development at SafetyWing – a fully remote company building global safety net for the future of work. One week she can be working from co-working space in Bali and the next week we can find her from a Digital Nomad Cruise going from the Barcelona to Brazil.

β€œWe left San Francisco as a team of two and we're coming home a team of five. We're still fully bootstrapped and profitable.”

Sarah Hum – Founder at Canny

SarahΒ andΒ AndrewΒ are a couple of digital nomads buildingΒ Canny, a nice-looking user feedback tracking tool while traveling to 27 cities in 16 countries.

They have growed their company from $0 to $400k/year, had their first team retreat in Lisbon and planning the next one in Croatia. Canny is bootstrapped, profitable and happy with a remote team working from four countries from all over the world.

Digital nomad lifestyle is definitely not for everyone – there's a lot of planning, moving around and adjusting to unfamiliar places. This can be exhausting for a lot of people.

β€œI, however, love that stuff. Seeing how locals live, walking around new neighborhoods, discovering hidden gems. All while not having to pay rent at home. Of course, there are challenges, but nothing great comesΒ easy.”

Sarah Hum – Founder at Canny

After two years living the digital nomad life, they are settling down for a while in Toronto.

"Most of our 20+ team members work from their homes and have a dedicated room or desk for that. In our experience, working from coffee shops when travelling is not very effective. You have to deal with bad wifi connection, you have to find a comfortable seat and desk, you have to tune out the buzz around you - so most people just aren't as focused and effective as they would be in a different surrounding."

Stanwood

Digital Agency For Mobile App and Web Development
πŸ™ 18 locations
🌎 9 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

Life is more than work. While there can be a lot of distractions when working from home, especially if you have small children, it allows you to be a part of the family. Instead of leaving the home early in the morning and returning when it's dark outside, just about when your kids are going to sleep, you'll stay home most of the day.

β€œI have my desk with three monitors set up in the middle of our open plan living room because I want to be a part of family life when my kids are home. My wife for example is a copywriter and locks herself into her home office upstairs to stay focused.”

Hannes Kleist – CEO of Stanwood

This kind of flexibility is built right into remote work. Start the week at home, spend a couple of days in co-working space and end your week in a nice coffee shop.

Remote Work Benefits

While the ability to work from home or anywhere else in the world is itself the ultimate benefit of remote work, there are even more perks that remote companies provide for their distributed teams.

Flexible schedule helps to take the most out of remote work

The boundaries between life and work are already fading away and working remotely with a flexible schedule takes this even further.

"Life is messy, dogs need to be walked during the day and there are so many places to see in the world."

Teamweek

HIRING
Beautifully simple planning
πŸ™ 10 locations
🌎 10 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

Teamweek has learned that by providing the freedom to plan one's own time and trusting their people to do their best work, they have a happy team, and the most efficient and creative results come from people who are happy in their life.

These are the TOP 10 most popular remote work perks and benefits companies offer to their distributed teams:

#1
60%

Company retreats

#2
56%

Health insurance

#3
52%

Paid vacation

#4
48%

Flexible schedule

#5
43%

Learning budget

#6
41%

Tech budget

#7
32%

Flexible vacation

#8
26%

Equity

#9
25%

Coworking budget

#10
24%

Pension

Remote Work Tools

Remote companies choose tools that will help them stay connected and productive and their remote culture is deeply integrated into the tools they are using.

β€œWe usually start and end the day with greetings and goodbyes via Slack.”

Teamweek

Slack is the most popular tool among companies on RemoteHub. More than 50% of remote teams here are using Slack as their virtual office. You are β€œin the office” when online in Slack, but there seems to be a trend for asynchronious communication where people are not expected to answer immediately, but rather when they find the time in their workflow.

β€œOur most-used tools include the GitLab tool, Slack, Zoom, and G-Suite products. We have a slack channel called "office today" where team members can share the view from their workspace of choice each day.”

GitLab

β€œFor FYI topics we use Slack to post our status, share company news, new tech stuff and other fun things with each other.”

Stanwood

While Slack is the place for text, more than 30% of teams on RemoteHub use Zoom as their main tool for having video chats with their team members.

β€œDaily and weekly meetings with the whole team happen via Zoom.”

OnTheGoSystems

New services for remote work

The rise of remote work needs not only new software tools, but completely new services too. There are online programs like Remote-how that teach how to build and lead effective distributed teams, physical conferences like Running Remote and even a fully equipped health insurance Remote Health that is built to be flexible and easily manageable with a simple dashboard where remote companies can add/remove their remote team members. One global plan covers members in over 200 countries. The price gets cheaper as your company scales, and there are a number of add ons you can use to customize your coverage.

Health insurance is national and only available in home country, but Remote Health let's remote companies to cover all of their employees and contractors under one flexible health insurance product, no matter where they live or travel to.

"We're building a global social safety net. That means building a global health, disability, pensions and more, as a replacement for national welfare systems. We believe this will ensure freedom and equal opportunities for everyone."

SafetyWing

HIRING
Insurance for Nomads
πŸ™ 9 locations
🌎 7 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

All this is done from a web interface where remote companies can add/remove insurance coverage for their remote team members.

Interviews

RemoteHub interviewed remote company managers to learn more about their remote culture.

"When we say our team can work from anywhere, we really mean it."

"I have my desk with three monitors set up in the middle of our open plan living room because I want to be a part of family life when my kids are home."

"Everyone works in the way that best suits them and their lifestyle."

Leading remote companies are very friendly about sharing what they have learned when building a remote team. They talk about the benefits remote work offers, but also challenges it brings.

How do you communicate in your remote team?

Remote work is what led to the development of our publicly viewable handbook, which captures everything you'd need to know about the company. That's where we keep a list of our best practices for communication within our team: https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/communication/ Making social connections with coworkers is important to building trust within any organization, but especially when your team is remote. We're intentional about designing informal communication at GitLab: https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/informal-communication/
Our main synchronous communication channel are video calls, where we discuss project and company related topics. For FYI topics we use Slack to post our status, share company news, new tech stuff and other fun things with each other. That's a fun environment to work in, it's good for the team spirit, for building a remote company culture and it gives us a feeling of belonging. But to produce great quality code, developers need time slots where they can dive deep into a problem and get lost in the task at hand. That's a challenge for a software development agency like us with many different projects and clients who want us to respond quickly to their requests. Our policy is that people need to reply to a message aimed at their personal handle within 2 hours. It's enough to say: On it, getting back to you in the afternoon/tomorrow/etc. That way we ensure our team members get deep work done and keep in touch with their teammates.
We usually start and end the day with greetings and goodbyes via Slack. There's plenty of discussions and important information moving around there also, but no one is expected to instantly reply to anything. There are also weekly team meetings and campfires. In the latter the whole company comes together and learns something new together.

Where does your remote team work from?

When we say our team can work from anywhere, we really mean it. While many GitLab team members work from their home offices, we also cover their membership for a coworking space if that's what they'd prefer. Other people switch it up regularly, working from coffee shops, libraries, airports, beaches, and more. We have a slack channel called "office today" where team members can share the view from their workspace of choice each day.
We work from home or any place we like (coffee shops, co-work spaces, etc) as long as the Internet connection allows us to work smoothly and have video calls. Some people change locations frequently, others from time to time, and others prefer to always work from home as they have their offices set up comfortably to their liking.
Our team is fully distributed with a presence in 25 different countries. We guarantee all our team members the option to rent a dedicated desk at a coworking space near them, but everyone works in the way that best suits them and their lifestyle.

Engineering in Remote Teams

One of the ideas of RemoteHub is to look into remote teams more deeply – this lets other companies to learn from experience, but also helps people looking to join a remote team to see how their future life would be like.

Most remote teams on RemoteHub work in tech companies. And if they are not building their own technology products, they still have a website or internal IT platform to support their business. This means having engineering processes in place is increasingly important.

"We do weekly kickoff meetings and daily standups. In each daily standup we'll also schedule out regular check-ins throughout the day with other team members that we're working with."

Latchel

24/7 maintenance department for property managers
πŸ™ 11 locations
🌎 2 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

When your team is not in the same building, and when people are working on their own schedule in different time zones, you can't just walk to a desk and talk about what's on your mind. It's important to have communication flows in place for a smooth work experience.

β€œWe have 2 different kind of daily stand ups: project office hours twice a day at 10am and 4pm and daily check ins in our Slack #standup channel.”

Stanwood
β€œOur daily standups are at 10 AM CE(S)T. They usually take less than 15 minutes.”
Niteo
Building SaaS products
πŸ™ 5
🌎 5
πŸ€“ 11-50
β€œPost what you're working on to the daily #standup channel thread in Slack.”
Canny
Customer Feedback Management Tool
πŸ™ 5
🌎 4
πŸ€“ 1-10
β€œWe have daily standups in our Remo.co app every day on the dot.”
Remo
Video-first virtual workspace
πŸ™ 5
🌎 5
πŸ€“ 1-10

For people looking to join a remote team, it can be helpful to learn about the practices in place – to see if these daily calls would fit into their life schedule, for example.

While there is a need to meet work goals, these daily or weekly calls are not considered to be a place to prove that you did some work, but rather a opportunity to bond with the team and ask questions to remove obsticles from your work.

β€œDon't talk about what you did yesterday, this is not a reporting moment where everyone tries to look busy. Rather, kickstart the day with some bonding, solve anything blocking and share future plans so people can plan and act and ultimately save time.”

GitLab

These are the most popular engineering cultures on RemoteHub.

#1
79%

Learning & sharing

#2
76%

Continuous delivery

#3
68%

Agile development

#4
65%

Daily standups

#5
44%

Open source

#6
30%

Pair programming

Remote Team Retreats

While people can work very effectively by chatting in Slack and doing some video calls, something awesome happens when they meet in real life – they get to know each other more deeply and their conversations are enchanced.

60% of the companies on RemoteHub meet their remote team at least once a year on a team retreat in a beautiful and inspiring place. It's common to fly the whole team together for a week to have fun and also get some work done.

"Since our team is distributed all over the globe, we try to plan a different location for each GitLab Contribute."

GitLab

The first single application for the entire DevOps lifecycle
πŸ™ 252 locations
🌎 51 countries
πŸ€“ 501+ members

Some popular remote team retreat destinations are in Spain, Portugal and Greece.

Doist is a fully remote team behind popular productivity apps Todoist and Twist with members working from 25 countries. They are one of the leading remote companies building the future of work by offering insights into the life of their remote team.

While Doist has an annual, all-inclusive, company retreat to get the whole team together for a week for work and relationship-building, they have also started to meet in smaller groups.

"We've also started having mini-retreats where individual teams will get together for a week to realign on goals and spend time together."

Doist

Building the future we want to work in
πŸ™ 53 locations
🌎 27 countries
πŸ€“ 51-200 members

This is something that many remote companies are doing – people near by meet up to get some work done and get to know each other better.

"We do meet in person as a team at least 4 times a year, and team members meet among themselves often if they\'re in the same city. All these in-person meetings are critical for team building, camaraderie, and we always notice how well meetings flow during and after these get togethers."

marketgoo

Easy SEO Tools
πŸ™ 6 locations
🌎 3 countries
πŸ€“ 11-50 members

This is also one of the reasons why RemoteHub is mapping the locations of remote companies. When looking to join a remote team, it can be useful to choose a team that has members near you.

16Β°C
40 teams
San Francisco
20Β°C
34 teams
New York
14Β°C
27 teams
Seattle
23Β°C
26 teams
Chicago

πŸ—ž Remote work in the news

Remote work is becoming more and more popular topic in the news.

Digital nomads write about working while travelling, remote companies blog about their journeys about building remote teams and even big media outlets are writing about the revolution of work.

RemoteHub collects and shares the most interesting articles about remote work.

Remote workers are the solution to urban crowding

Working remotely: the pros and cons of working from home

How remote work is stressing you out

4 Ways to Find the Perfect Remote Job

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Let's spread the word about remote work and bring more companies to join the remote work revolution.

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RemoteHub lists remote jobs in programming, design, marketing and more together with useful information about remote companies, like their remote team locations, benefits they offer and remote work tools they use.
Teams on RemoteHub have added almost 2,000 cities from 100 countries they work from.
While working without an office allows people to travel more freely, most are actually using their homes or nearby co-working spaces as their dedicated places for work.
The boundaries between life and work are already fading away and working remotely with a flexible schedule takes this even further.

About me

Hi there! I'm the maker of RemoteHub.

With the advent of technology, people can work from anywhere in the world. You don't need an office to open your laptop. Instead, you can stay at home, walk to a co-working space or even take a plane to Bali.

This is not a future, it's happening now! There are a lot companies working with a distributed team across the globe. And there are increasingly more companies who are hiring their first remote team members.

I also like how remote work is removing the boundaries between work and rest of the life. Working from home, you can be more involved in your family life and see your kids grow. Without an office, you can travel to explore the awesome planet you're living on. Combined with flexible working hours, you'll work when you're the most creative.

I enjoy making stuff on the Internet, and RemoteHub is my contribution to the remote work revolution that's happening right now.

Contact me