In March 2020, Button closed its New York City headquarters, a beautiful, thoughtfully designed open plan office space in the Financial District overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge with every amenity a modern workforce could ever want‚Äìopen floor plan, company values and mission incorporated throughout the space, tons of natural light and on and on. Our new office had been open for just three months.
Overnight, Button transitioned from a company which doubled down on in-person collaboration to one with a fully-remote workforce. Work-from-home quickly became part of Button's identity, and as the world started to contemplate a return to "normalcy", our normal had shifted. Adaptability is one of our core values, and Button has maintained the ability to execute at a high level while engaging and retaining employees by adapting to the new normal of post-pandemic work.
Companies which permit flexible working arrangements are reaping benefits in employee engagement and retention, according to the most recent "snapshot survey" conducted by Slack's Future Forum. Among the survey's findings:
Button's workplace strategy, which we've defined as RemotePlus, takes what we've learned over the last three years of the pandemic and formulates a comprehensive strategy targeted at delivering employee happiness and maximizing productivity. Here's how it works:
Our Board loves the fact that our rent expenses have been brought down from multiple millions of dollars to five figures per year. Our team consistently responds that they love this approach when surveyed in our quarterly Button Pulse Checks. And the results speak for themselves‚ÄìButton was recently named one of BuiltIn's Best Places to Work in the USA, and the #3 Best Fully Remote Startup. We've assembled an incredible leadership team, grown faster than ever before in company history, and have achieved profitability. Proof is in the pudding - and this pudding is good!
If it seems like we're big fans of the RemotePlus approach--we are--and we're hoping many other companies join us in the RemotePlus revolution. If you're curious about how you can adopt RemotePlus for your company--shoot me an email, I'd love to chat!
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