3 Lessons We Learned Going Back to the Office

by Leslie Alexander, Co-Founder / CEO

1. Efficiency is Hard to Measure

Although almost every practical measure of our productivity decreased significantly after returning to the office, as a management team we felt this incredible uptick in energy. We realised that there is an intangible benefit to seeing everyone’s screen at all times, that isn’t easily measurable in numbers.

Sure, we tried to recreate this feeling during our remote days with employee monitoring software but we always had this nagging doubt that our developers had hacked their way around it.

Top tip

Getting one of those old-timey punch clocks is a great way to monitor attendance while maintaining a fun atmosphere. Expect to hear things like “Back at the coalface today!”.

2. Turnover: a Fresh Perspective

We parted ways with almost all of our senior development team within the first month of going back to the office, due to some irreconcilable differences. Stressed and worried, we decided to try turn this into a positive.

Luckily for us, it was the same week that CoPilot launched and we were able to replace everyone with five bootcamp graduates all logged into one Github account.

We have been consistently surprised at the fresh energy these new grads brought to our organisation and have since vowed to never hire anyone with more than 3 months experience again.

3. Cost Efficiency

Demand is at an all time low for commercial real-estate, which means it’s never been more affordable to cram forty people into an open plan office.

What’s more, is we’ve found that we can offer extremely low-cost perks like a snack cupboard or free beer in-lieu of higher salaries. For every foosball table we buy, we find we can offer around 5% less salary per job posting. Our full-time barista is the highest paid employee, after management.

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