The Benefits of the Real World
A friend recently said: “every day out of the office, we’re deducting a dollar from the culture bank.” I tend to agree with this: while there are many advantages of remote work, I have not found a good substitute for the relationship-building or serendipitous ideas that come from being with other people in real life. At Yelp we tried to have remote team members get together for at least a week each quarter. And over the last few weeks, a number of you have started experimenting with different kinds of small group meetups like walks, outdoor dining, or bringing just a few people to the office. As I’ve slowly restarted these things myself, I’ve certainly enjoyed them more than most calls or videos.