Where I want to work

Characteristics of a perfect remote workplace

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They’re introspective.

I want a workplace that gives people the time and space they need to take a step back and contemplate the right solutions. It’s not about the continual, up-tempo hustle and long nights behind a screen for the sake of them; it’s about considerate decision-making and room for creative thought. It’s about collaboration over argument; a learning-oriented, no-blame culture when things go wrong; one of writing and individual work over endless meetings; an environment where nobody in the company feels like they need to compete with anyone else there.

They care about equity.

I want a workplace that understands its role in systems of oppression and doesn’t just intend to not perpetuate them but actively participates in undoing them. It understands that politics can’t be separated from work, because politics affect the lives of everyone who works there and everyone who the company is trying to serve. It intentionally hires for diversity and doesn’t roll its eyes at attempts to normalize inclusion. It makes sure the management layer is not the exception to this rule.

They’re smart as hell.

I want a workplace that hires for expertise, not for meaningless attributes likes school pedigree. It seeks to hire the people who can do the work better than anyone, not the people who are the cheapest or who happened to graduate from a particular place. It doesn’t outsource its technology prowess. And it provides opportunities for ongoing professional development and learning.

They work hard — healthily.

There’s a sense of urgency and purpose that allows everyone to work towards a shared goal with effort. Nobody is leaning back or phoning it in (something that can kill motivation for everybody else). Conversely, nobody’s pulling in 80 hour weeks, all-nighters or regularly working weekends. Sometimes crunches do happen, but they’re the exception, rather than the rule, and the workplace tries to enforce a respectful integration of life and work. Hours are not really enforced, except for crucial meetings.

They’re working on something ambitious and world-positive.

Life is short. Time is precious. Why would you work on something that doesn’t make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives? A workplace that has a strong social mission is one that attracts empathetic people who embody all of the characteristics above.

Writer: of code, fiction, and strategy. Trying to work for social good.

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