Back to the office

This post is by Elad Gil from Elad Blog

Prior to COVID, there were only 3 companies in tech that reached any real scale as remote first companies - Automattic, Gitlab, and Zapier [1]. During COVID companies were forced to work remote. Many companies are now going back into the office and companies are navigating this transition in real time.

This post summarizes conversations with ~10 growth stage founders, CEOs, and companies about their go back to office approaches and attempted to summarize common takeaways below. This post is not about whether going back in is the right decision for a given company[2]. Rather, it attempts to capture some of the tactical considerations to go back in, if one chooses to do so. The focus is also on mid to late stage companies as back to office for an early stage 5 person company tends to be straightforward.

# of days back

Companies are ranging from 2 to 5 days a week already back in the office, with many clustering at ~3 days. A subset of companies plan to go all the way back to 5 days but are doing it in a stepwise fashion. Other intend to stay at 3 days a week ongoing. Companies that have already been going back 5 days a week for 5-6 months now and said it was a smooth transition. The key on choosing days includes:

1. Make the days in the office the “meeting days” for the company. Try to cluster meetings, social activities, etc. on the days (Read more...)