The Secret Perk Every Dev Loves Most

So a few months ago, I was at Disney. While the theater of entertainment is mildly interesting, what I was most fascinated about was the MagicBand. It was your room key, your meal plan, your park ticket, and your payment app. Apparently it’s so popular, Disney is the fourth largest distributor globally of wearables. And it all worked without a hitch.

It reminds me of the Steve Jobs quote “Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple.” We live in a world of exponential complexity and knowledge, and as I find the voice for this blog, getting back to simplicity is an idea I look forward to exploring more.

One of those simple yet complex ideas is where one works. You might be someone that commutes to work. I have and my journey from South Jersey to downtown NYC is never less than one hour and twenty minutes (or longer). For most of my working life, remote work was hard to justify, the technology did not exist to make remote work effective at scale.

Today is a different story. Technology is much more advanced. We are also more constrained in a world that operates faster; time and productivity are at a premium. Yet to make remote work function smoothly can be complex. It is that conundrum of maximizing individual productivity while maintaining a strong sense of teamwork, collaboration, and culture.

One of the things that got me thinking about work culture and remote work was the Stack Overflow Developer Survey back in March. Remote work is one of the top benefits as mentioned in this Quartz post:

This is none too surprising, but remote work is still a rarity. Some notable companies actively discourage it. But there is research that suggests that workers actually prefer their remote colleagues to those in the office. And for IT organizations desperate to find high quality talent, offering remote work can be a way to broaden the talent pool and draw more candidates.

What to make of the remote work trend? Here at Stack Overflow, we are very much about the remote culture. We have made it work and work well with developers and other employees in over 20 countries. What helps us stay connected operationally and culturally are tools that allow us communicate, share knowledge, and collaborate seamlessly online . We are big proponents of video chat and conferencing whenever we gather together for one-on-one’s, team meetings, or company town halls. It’s the perk I have most come to appreciate since joining Stack over six months ago.

If you have any thoughts or experiences about remote work, do share! And likewise, I would be glad to share the tips and tricks Stack Overflow uses for building an awesome remote culture.

Thanks for reading this 3rd episode of the Stack Enterprise blog and talk again!

I work on the Stack Overflow Enterprise team and help companies solve the challenges of easily sharing tech knowledge internally through a private version of our Q&A technology and our community building implementation expertise.