The office of the future has everything but an office
Its founders met online and only met after 3 years. It has 600 employees and will have a thousand by the year, when it will launch a public offer to go public. It does not have and will not have a physical office.
With the advancement of cloud collaboration tools, which allow collaborators to contribute from anywhere in real time, many believe that having a permanent office is not necessary: for the software development company GitLab, for example, everyone, absolutely everyone they work remotely. The boss too.
This is not a small company: GitLab has more than 600 employees in 54 different countries, planning to expand its workforce to 1000 by the end of 2019. Its workforce leverages cloud services and internal tools to communicate, collaborate and contribute to projects.
The idea is to remain without offices or headquarters even after the public offer that GitLab is planning for 2020, while maintaining flexibility and containing costs.
The message we give to investors is 'we are at the forefront of the job revolution': the point is to evaluate results, not hours worked
Sid Sijbrandij, CEO and co-founder of the company.
Obviously this choice also has negative sides: some investors are highly skeptical of financing a company without a physical location. Anyone who wants to visit the company and talk to the boss can only go to the “unofficial” location: the boss's house, off course, with a living room that also becomes a presentation room.
GitLab offers suite of tools similar to that of Google Docs: on a central cloud platform it allows work teams to manage software development, testing and distribution. It offers a free version of its platform, used by more than 100 companies, applying costs for additional features and services.
As of September 2018, it had raised 165 million euros, reaching a valuation of 1.1 billion.
"Geography is less important in a world that is always on and connected," says Jack Clare, chief information and strategy officer of Dunkin 'Brands Group Inc. "For most of our digital and technology roles, our team may even be on the moon and be equally efficient."
A Gallup poll says that in 2016, 43% of the workforce works remotely at least part of the time. Workers are demanding more and more flexibility and autonomy and obtaining new work from home opportunities from various companies.
The story and the GitLab model
GitLab was born online: the two founders met online in 2011, Sid Sijbrandij lived in Ola da and Dimitri Zaporozhets in Ukraine. After 3 years of remote work the two met halfway in Poland and started the company.
Today GitLab employs people from all over the world: more than half in the USA, 20% in Europe and the crime a little here and a little there. Newcomers are trained through 250 video webinars from a dedicated YouTube channel, a 2000 page manual with protocols, information and goals to be achieved.
“In total freedom, without calculating: those who finish early should not feel like a wrong person, they should not justify how they spend their time. If it ends too late instead, talk to your coordinator and we will discuss the situation together ”.
A little rest at home will be more than appreciated. I said rest, put the mouse down.
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