GitLab: All Remote is the Future of
March 12, 2020
published findings from its inaugural Remote Work Report, which surveyed
3,000 professionals from the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and
Australia who work remotely or have the option to work remotely. The
survey highlights the ever-increasing value employees and employers
place on remote work as an alternative to traditional, in-office
practices. In an era with increasing recognition and understanding that
mental health and physical health directly impact employee performance,
it’s undeniable that the future of work will be remote.
"We believe all-remote is the future of work, as it delivers
extraordinary benefits to businesses and employees,” said Sid Sijbrandij,
CEO and co-founder of GitLab. “For companies, there are unique
operational efficiencies, huge cost savings on office space and a
broader pool of job applicants. For employees, this structure enables
off-peak lifestyles, family-friendly flexible schedules, and improved
work/life harmony. We believe that a world with more all-remote
companies will be a more prosperous one, with opportunity more equally
“The reality is that almost every company is already remote whether
you're working across floors or across continents," said Darren Murph,
Head of Remote at GitLab. “GitLab believes all-remote is the purest form
of remote, and we're working to empower other companies to implement
great remote practices. This year's report breaks down preconceived
notions about remote and sheds light on its power to plant opportunities
in underserved regions, make communities less transitory, and create
authentically diverse teams.”
Debunking Remote Work Myths Contrary to popular belief, remote employees
aren’t all traveling nomads. In fact, 52% of survey respondents reported
they traveled less as remote employees. The 38% who view a lack of
commute as a top benefit instead spend the time earned back from
commuting with family (43%), working (35%), resting (36%), and
exercising (34%). Additionally, employees find themselves overall to be
more productive (52%) and efficient (48%) when working remotely.
Remote Work Levels the Playing Field Fourteen percent of remote workers
surveyed reported they have a disability or chronic illness.
Eighty-three percent of those cite remote work as a key factor in their
ability to contribute to the workforce. Remote work also empowers all
employees to move their organization forward. Fifty-six percent of the
respondents said they feel everyone in their company can contribute to
process, values, and company direction, and 50% say they default to
shared documents and rely on meetings only as a last resort. Remote work
levels the playing field by fostering a better sense of work-life
balance and creates opportunities for everyone to contribute in the
Remote Work Enables Work-Life Balance Remote work enables employees to
focus on their families without having to sacrifice their careers.
Thirty-four percent of those surveyed say the ability to care for family
is a top benefit of remote work, while 52% cite schedule flexibility and
38% say the lack of commute is a major benefit. Additionally, 43%
reported that the absence of a commute freed up time to spend quality
time with their families. Fifty-five percent of respondents have
children under 18.
is Surging All-remote is the purest form of remote work, with each team
member on a level playing field. Forty-three percent of remote workers
surveyed feel that it is important to work for a company where all
employees are remote. Currently, more than 1 in 4 respondents belong to
an all-remote organization, with no offices, embracing asynchronous
workflows as each employee works in their own native time zone. An added
12% work all-remote with each employee synched to a company-mandated
Remote Work is Here to Stay The benefits of remote work are only going
to increase, and survey respondents agree. Eighty-six percent believe
remote work is the future, but it’s also the present, as evidenced by
84% who say they are already able to accomplish all of their tasks
remotely. As technology continues to improve how we communicate and how
businesses operate across the globe, the need for brick-and-mortar
offices and consistent, on-site attendance will continue to decrease.
Remote work is here to stay, and use cases for it will only multiply.
Methodology GitLab surveyed 3,000 adult professionals, aged 21 and
older, who work remotely or have the option to work remotely and are in
roles with digital output from January 30, 2020 to February 10, 2020.
The margin of error for this survey is +-1.8% at 95% confidence level.