I’m seeing a lot of debate about whether it is right for a company to be in-person, hybrid or remote. There are examples of successful companies in both camps. It’s nonsense to claim that there is one optimal way of organising.
Based on what I’ve seen over the years, people I’ve talked to, and even a survey we did at a company I was once in, I’m pretty confident that the ‘in-person’ vs ‘remote’ debate is more about the sort of person you are and where you are in your life/career. Here are a few examples:
|Prefers In-Person||Prefers Remote|
|Lives alone or in a small flatshare||Has a young family and a garden|
|Short commute||Long commute|
|Prefers informal chats / brainstorming||Prefers written communication|
|Feels that they get the most out of people if they are together||Values being able to access talent wherever it is in the world|
|Relatively junior / needs guidance||Has pre-existing relationships with co-workers / knows the ropes|