It’s a much-debated topic and a growing trend, but most companies still don’t seem to take a deliberate approach to flexible working.
There are strong arguments for encouraging remote working and, conversely, arguments for bringing everyone together under the one roof.
In 2014 Reddit decided to consolidate its workforce in one location, San Francisco, and abolished remote working.
More flexible companies Envato, a marketplace for creative assets, takes a very different approach, explicitly promoting remote and flexible working on its careers site.
Remote working, travel, flexible hours, paid parental leave and secondments are just some of the many employee benefits Envato highlights.
Automattic, the company that developed WordPress, is another company that promotes flexible working, citing talent as its primary reason.
Automattic CEO, Matt Mullenweg, said that remote working ” has been amazing for the company in that we can attract and retain the best talent without them having to be in New York or San Francisco or one of the traditional tech centers.