Part II of an interview with Darren Murph, head of Remote at GitLab
While practically every tech business in the world has ended up being remote over the last couple of weeks, GitLab has been at this a while– given that practically the first day of its presence back in 2014, in reality. Since then they’ve grown to more than 1,200 staff members across 65 countries, with a shocking valuation of almost $3 billion. They’ve determined some stuff along the method, sharing it all in an ever-evolving handbook.
I just recently hopped on a call with GitLab’s head of Remote, Darren Murph, to get some insight on how they make it all work. This is the 2nd part of my interview with Murph; he and I chatted for a long time, so I’ve split it into two parts for easier reading. You can find Part I here.
TechCrunch: There’s this continuous conversation about how people are leaving from this remote experience. Are they walking away stating, “yeah, that was excellent, we can do this daily, I wouldn’t have seen that previously,” or is the truth that they’re being thrust into this, and on not the very best terms, going to have a negative effect?
Do you think this [abrupt shift] is going to have a positive effect on remote work?
Darren Murph: I do. I’m a long-lasting optimist on this.
There’s a Gartner survey that simply came out. They surveyed over 300 CFOs internationally; 74% of them said that they’re going to move a few of their workforce completely remote after this … although this is the worst possible method to be thrust into remote.
This is the worst of scenarios, and people are still like, “You know, I like not needing to commute.” And services are like, “You know, I enjoy conserving $10,000 per desk by not having that real estate.”
If it’s working in the worst of times … six to 12 months from now, when the crisis is eased off and individuals have had time to lay the remote structure, build their handbooks, get the right remote health integrated into the DNA of their business … it’s going to be like, warp-speed accelerator.
If you can make it work now, you can make it work any time.
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