Since our inception, Northern.tech has operated as a distributed organization of people working from a variety of locations and countries, both on-site and remotely. We have two main locations, one in San Francisco and one in Oslo, and a share of remote workers of around 50%.
According to our remote workers, it is awesome! If you are awesome also, come join us!
By having operated in a distributed fashion for a long time, we have the experience and tools to make sure being a remote worker remains a great experience. Below is some advice from our remote workers on how to succeed in the company working remotely while having an enjoyable life:
There are many good reasons for creating a model and culture that facilitates remote work. From our company's perspective the best reasons are:
Better people to choose from. By not being restricted to a physical location, we can hire the best people - regardless of where they live.
Around the clock operations. From the start, we were able to offer around the clock operations as people worked from different time zones.
Increased diversity. Hiring from around the world simply leads to a more diverse workforce with all the nice benefits that stem from different viewpoints and experiences.
It will soon become a necessity. As we move into the future, the only way to compete is to offer remote work. Technology gradually diminishes the need and value of physical presence. We believe the amount of smart people who greatly value their own time (not spending it on commute) and appreciate space over location (not pay high-price in central locations) grows fast.
At Northern.tech we have a goal of minimizing the amount of rules and regulation. This includes our company handbook and how we do things. Every time we have to regulate something, it is kind of a loss. The reason is our heavy reliance on common sense. Subject to this and subject to the success of our model, is that we share a common set of beliefs (read about our beliefs here). With a common set of beliefs most things automatically fall into place. For instance, the very foundation for how we create value builds upon these beliefs.
When it comes to beliefs, there is nothing right or wrong, but to thrive in our company, our beliefs need to resonate. This is why our recruitment process have a cultural alignment track just focusing on this.
Obviously lots of “stuff” and services and tooling need to be in place to create an effective distributed organization; everything from the remote worker having a nice home-office with fast internet connectivity to collaboration tools like Slack, Google for work, Jira, etc. To us these are easily exchangeable and up for continuous improvement. The ability to change often and fast is key to success not only for the remote worker, but also the company as a whole.