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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.
Most of our 20+ team members work from their homes and have a dedicated room or desk for that. In addition, we rent desks in co-working spaces for people who enjoy working in a more busy, inspiring environment. We currently have desks in co-working spaces in Munich, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Tel Aviv and Warsaw.
For us, working remotely doesn’t mean you have to choose between working from home or from a co-working space. You don’t have to stick to your desk 5 days a week, neither do you have to work from a co-working space all the time. The luxury of working remotely is to choose flexibly where you can work best in that situation. This can change over time or even during the season. Some of our team members love to work outside in their gardens or on their balconies during summer, some do workations and join our weekly video calls with a nasty palm tree and beach background ;-). 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. That’s not for everyone. My wife for example is a copywriter and locks herself into her home office upstairs to stay focused.
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.
Effectiveness is important for us as an agency. When we work, we want to focus 100% on the task at hand and filter out all distractions.
That’s what makes us good, it directly influences our profits, and it gives us precious time to spend with our loved ones.
Our environment leads to the things we produce. And a great environment leads to great products.
It’s not about the time you put in or how often you come into the office. It’s about what you do in that time that matters.
Though we have an office, we don’t care where you work. Or how. You make your schedule and can work from wherever you want most of the time. We have a few meetings where we need to be together, but you are mostly in charge of how you want to shape your day. We believe you should be able to structure your schedule for what makes you feel the most energetic, creative, and happy.