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Why remote?

Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.

Why remote?

Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.

Hiring remote

Remote team leaders about building a remote team and how are they hiring for remote jobs in their company. They also share tips about how to stand out when applying for remote jobs.

Managing remote

Practical tips from remote companies about managing a remote team – how to measure productivity, where to work from and about planning company retreats to bring the remote team together.

Working remotely

Remote team leaders answering questions about their daily life in a remote team regarding communication, tools and more. They also share tips for companies planning to start working remotely.

What does your remote company do?

GitLab is a DevOps platform built from the ground up as a single application for all stages of the DevOps lifecycle enabling Product, Development, QA, Security, and Operations teams to work concurrently on the same project. GitLab provides teams a single data store, one user interface, and one permission model across the DevOps lifecycle allowing teams to collaborate and work on a project from a single conversation, significantly reducing cycle time and focus exclusively on building great software quickly.
We develop WordPress plugins, WPML, and Toolset. Toolset makes it easier and quicker for users to build a professional website without complex coding. WPML is the world’s most popular multilingual plugin, helping more than 700K websites translate their content. It is integrated with the most popular translation services, themes, and plugins, including WooCommerce. We also also offer professional translation services.
Our mission is to inspire the workplace of the future by creating simple yet powerful productivity tools that promote a more fulfilling way to work and live.

Did you start with a remote team or switched later to remote?

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. Now we have more than 800 team members in more than 55 countries around the world.
We started as a remote company from day one.
We started to hire for remote positions to access the larger talent pool. Without means to relocate every prospective candidate to Estonia, and with very little patience regarding the red tape it entails, going remote was the only real option. After testing it on one team, we knew it was a perfect solution.

What do you think are the biggest benefits of remote work?

From flexibility, to hiring, to environmental impacts, all-remote work offers many advantages for our team members, our company, and the world. Check out our full list of remote-work benefits: https://about.gitlab.com/company/culture/all-remote/benefits/
The benefits are many. You work with great people from all over the world, you learn from different cultures, you can choose where to work from, and you save money and precious time on commuting (time that you can use to do things you love, or simply spend more time at home with your family).
We've seen that happy people produce the most efficient and creative results. Also, live is messy, dogs need to be walked during the day and there are so many places to see in the world. That's why we offer flexibility, a results-driven working environment and opportunities for personal growth.

How important is remote work to your business?

Xapo engages a high performance, remote workforce across more than fifty countries. Our fully distributed environment gives us access to top, diverse talent all over the world. Representing a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and experiences is critical to our success as a global company.
All of our company members work remotely; headquarters are our own home offices or whatever place people choose to work from. So remote work is crucial to keeping our business running.
It is paramount, we would never switch to an office space. The founders love it too much.

Why did you integrate remote work into your company?

We did not integrate remote work into our Company, OnTheGoSystems was born remote.
Our employee's wellbeing, productivity, costs and the opportunity to employ the best talent.
I integrated remote work for my company after taking into consideration the long recession in the state of Alaska, and the unpredictability in the digital construction industry.
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