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Building a remote first future of work

Avishek Kedia
The age of remote work is here.

And, Angelist just nominated us in a list of the top 20 remote first companies worldwide. To preview other companies who are operating from a similar vantage point, browse through this post from their team.

As more and more employees demand work from home options, companies have finally started embracing remote. They understand that remote work leads to a more productive workforce who thrive from the greater freedom and flexibility that remote brings.

Some of the most forward thinking tech companies on the planet such as Trello, Atlassian, Invision, Buffer and GitLab have already adopted remote-first principles and built tooling, culture and incentives to support a remote-first future of work.

At GitStart, being remote-first was not completely intentional but a natural evolution, in part, due to the fact that the company is very heavily invested into software development industry. Software development naturally work lends itself much better to remote work than many other types of work and the Gitstart Global Community today comprises more than 100+ developers working remotely across places like Nigeria, Uganda, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, San Francisco and more.

As many companies are starting to realize, having a remote-first distributed setup has several key advantages:

  • Employees report being more productive and happy
  • Leaders and managers have a global talent pool to source from
  • Operational and infrastructure spend is lower
  • Meetings are short, crisp and factual
  • In-office politics and distractions and reduced to minimum

There is still a lot of research currently being done on how to maintain harmony and promote productivity in a remote work environment. Some of the world's top remote first companies (of which we are one) are figuring things out through trial and error. On the other hand, theorists and academicians are doing their own research into what the next wave of successful organizations ought to look and function like.

One such thinker - Frederic Laloux, who ardently studied Organizational culture, structure and management has written a ground-breaking book called "Reinventing Organizations" inspired by Ken Wilber's work on Integral Theory. In the book, Laloux describes very poignantly how organizations have grown historically and through case studies presents some new models for organizational growth and thinking. He argues that organizations operating from a teal (higher level, integrated) perspective have distributed structures, autonomous self-governing teams and a high degree of transparency and inspired action within the workforce. Teal (and higher) organizations have a conscious purpose towards which they are collectively moving.

At Gitstart, we have embraced Laloux's principles on how to run organizations the modern way and are passionately moving developers globally towards a conscious mission - one where we empower remote software development at scale and create greater economic opportunity for developers.

Being a remote-first company ties into this mission.

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