You choose – the aim is to be wherever you're most effective.
Our approach – and our success – is based on tight collaboration between people who know each other well. This is vital.
Everyone has a working location defined in their contract. However, where you choose to work from day-to-day is up to you.
We have some days that we try to make sure we're working together in the same place - more on that here.
Experience says that an effective working location is going to:
Have a reliable and high-speed internet connection, and power supply.
Have a comfortable chair and desk or table.
Be quiet and free from distractions to allow your work to be your sole focus.
An easy test is – could you hold a video conference call with a client from where you are working?
Remember, if you’re working with confidential information on your screen, then make sure you’re working somewhere that is appropriate for that.
It’s really important that Bamboo (our holiday booking system) and your own Forecast and Google Calendar are up to date – the onus is on you. It’s annoying for other people trying to book meetings or plan their collaboration with you otherwise.
The emphasis is on frictionless communication, not tracking – it shouldn’t matter where you are, as long as it’s easy to get in touch.
Our model working week is 40 hours. Sometimes it’s necessary to work more and sometimes we have slack time. For tracking purposes, a working week runs Monday to Sunday.
Core working hours are Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm UK time.
During these core hours, everyone should be available to collaborate with colleagues, regardless of whether they’re in the same physical location or time zone.
It’s not about being at a screen 100% of that time; going for a coffee or taking a lunch break is assumed. It’s to make booking meetings or knowing when most people are available easier.