Office optional

The idea of organizing a company so that employees can be distributed and work from anywhere in the world is clearly gaining steam. When a company is distributed, functions that are traditionally office centric, like meetings, job interviews, or all hands, get reinvented to happen online and offices become optional in the process. Geographic limitations fall away and teams can collaborate in new ways that fully embrace a global talent pool. Automattic is now around 400 distributed employees strong and continues to help blaze the trail for this new way of working together. Here’s a collection of articles that dive into various aspects of running a company like Automattic:

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[…] Update 2/2018: Still going strong! Automattic is 668 full-time employees in 60 countries as of January 19, 2018; in 40 US states (plus the District of Columbia); and in 473 cities around the world. Including English, we speak 79 languages, and 49 percent of Automatticians speak more than one language. We’re still 100% distributed, organized as described above, and our business is booming. The model is working so well, we didn’t even need as big a headquarters as we thought. Also, more links about the distributed company topic in this post. […]

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