It’s no secret we’ve been growing. We outgrew our office space about a month ago, and started looking for a new spot.
Our approach to office space has always been iterative. About 2.5 years ago, I went to visit a friend of mine, Mike Landman, who owns a company called Ripple (that we did some work for) at his office. After our meeting, I asked if I could just sit at one of the empty desks to take a phone call and do some work. Highgroove was just me, Derek and Andre, working from our homes (and coffee shops).
I couldn’t believe how much work I got done, just sitting in their office. I decided to come back, and at one point, I offered Mike to pay for using a desk. When (our first and best hire) Matt Todd came on-board, I got another desk. We hired again, and got another desk. Pretty soon, we started renting a small room in the office, and finally, we had the front quadrant of the office!
So when it came time to move, we decided to stick with our friends. We’re moving into new office space and splitting it 50/50 with our friends at Ripple. While the build-out is being completed at the new space, we moved out of our old office. Technically, we’re without an office right now.
We’ve always been a ROWE (Results Only Work Environment), so not having an office is not a big deal. We’ve never had office hours, or a mandatory attendance policy either. People come into the office because it helps them get their results done. If it doesn’t help them with their results, then they should definitely not be there!
The transition has been very smooth. We all have laptops, headsets, and VOIP phones forwarded to our mobiles and email. The only thing we’ve really missed is our coffee machine, our big LCD TV dashboard, and meeting space. It’s been tough meeting with some clients, but all our clients love us and understand that we’re transitioning into our newer, bigger, and better space.
Here are some of the ways we’re operating without an office:
We’ve rented several desks at Ignition Alley, a very cool co-working space where a few of us go to collaborate.
New Client meetings / Sales meetings are done at our favorite coffee shop, Octane or at a neutral location.
We’ve used the ATDC meeting spaces and conference rooms for longer iteration planning meetings
We’re all still on Skype, still communicating constantly with our clients, and delivering results!
How would you work, without an office? Would it be different? Would work still get done?
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