Automattic’s CEO, Matt, spoke on distributed work and how we approach it.

My first job was at Freshworks Inc. and I jumped ship in approximately 8 months, in favour of remote/distributed work.

Primary reasons behind the change:

  • I get to work from the comfort of my home.
  • I choose my own work schedule. I initially chose to work from 10am to 6pm, but these days, I work from 5.30am to 1.30pm. See how it gives me the flexibility to focus on personal things during the rest of the day?
  • I am not really comfortable working/being around many people. A small group’s fine, but when there are many around, not necessarily talking to me, I find it tough to focus on my work. Traditional office spaces is a no-go for me.
  • I am also able to leverage my skills to the best – I am more comfortable with written communication/documentation over in-life communication. It’s tiny things like this that bring out improved work results, productivity and help one to do better at their job.

One of my coworkers also wrote on “Thriving as a remote worker“, which you should read.

There are tons of other benefits to distributed work – GitLab.com has put together an interesting handbook on how they manage their company, and a website on remote work on how others approach it.

Published by Arun Sathiya

Happiness Engineer, Automattic; Prev, Freshworks Inc

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2 Comments

  1. I am not really comfortable working/being around many people.

    I am also able to leverage my skills to the best – I am more comfortable with written communication/documentation over in-life communication.

    Wow, ditto for me too, Arun!

    Crowds are also one of the many reasons I left India for NZ.

  2. I like the flexibility of WFH and I prefer it myself but it can get quite depressing when you don’t have many friends for time pass in after-work hours.

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