Remote work gets big vote of confidence at Facebook F8 Conference
Remote work is by no means a new concept, but recent high-profile announcements suggest that this model is fast graduating from “a novel approach” to an operational standard across industries.
At Facebook’s recent F8 2019 developer conference, for instance, Stripe, a tech platform that builds economic infrastructure for web companies, announced that the company would be opening up a fifth development hub that’s 100 percent remote.
The fast-growing company already operates four engineering hubs in metros that are popular with the global tech community (San Francisco, Seattle, Dublin and Singapore). Not surprisingly, these are also among the most expensive cities on the planet. Rather than create a physical office and choose from local talent in a new market, Stripe is pledging to hire 100 engineers from literally anywhere in the world, aiming to grab the best talent available without having to compromise based on cost/geography.
In a blog post announcing this decision, the company said:
"We are doing this to situate product development closer to our customers, improve our ability to tap the 99.74% of talented engineers living outside the metro areas of our first four hubs, and further our mission of increasing the GDP of the internet.”
What’s unique about this announcement is that it’s highlighting jobs and talent that have historically been left out of the remote work phenomenon. Constraints such as access to connectivity, security and internet speeds/reliability in certain regions have historically made engineering work an operation tethered to a central office.
But advancements to networking technology have quickly diminished each of these constraints in the recent past, and it couldn’t come soon enough, as popular, largely-coastal tech hubs are becoming highly unaffordable at a breakneck pace.
Today, businesses of all stripes can start expanding their remote workforce thanks to new network management styles and network performance monitoring tools, which have empowered centralized enterprise IT to help support a widely-distributed branch office network. With the ability to gain a local perspective into end-user experience regardless of where a team member is located or the demands of their workloads, businesses don’t need to compromise agility and flexibility for overall performance.