Most conversations I have these days with entrepreneurs has some component about virtual teams, remote employees, return to the office timeline, etc. While great work is getting done virtually, there’s still a strong desire to have an in-person element, whether it’s a few days a week or a few days a year, humans crave face-to-face with other humans.
Personally, I don’t believe there’s one right answer. I believe most startups will have both people working in offices (some dedicated, some co-working) and people working from anywhere they choose (virtual). The big difference now is that the in-office aspect of the future will be a much smaller number of weekly hours, on average, and much greater worker flexibility. Overall, a huge net benefit to society.
As entrepreneurs continue to navigate this new approach, there’s one resource for virtual/remote startups that stands out:
- 8,400 pages of text
- Open and usable by anyone
- Incredibly detailed and thoughtful
Every entrepreneur should bookmark the GitLab Team Handbook and know that whatever scenario they’re contemplating, it’s likely been addressed in the handbook.