In a unique move, Automattic is closing its office in San Francisco in the US. Notably, Automattic is the owner of popular content management system (CMS) company WordPress. The company had decided to sell its state-of-the-art office citing that not enough staff were using it, according to a report. The company CEO Matt Mullenweg said that the office located at 140 Hawthorne was used by mere five employees. It is 15,000 square feet for five pesons and they get like 3,000 square feet each, the CEO said, adding there are as many gaming tables as there are people.
The, company, which hs a workforce of 550 people, has given the option of working remotely to its staff, said compnay spokesperson Mark Armstrong. The San Francisco office was used as optional working space, he said. Apart from this luxurious office, the company has similar workplaces in Cape Town, South Africa, and outside Portland, Maine. The company also provides its staff a monthly stipend of $250 in case they opt for working at other commercial co-working offices. For example, the staff are working at Starbucks, Automattic bear their coffee bills.
Automattic had embraced the remote working style. According to Reuters report, managing a remote, distributed workforce relies on three critical success factors – empowerment, performance measurement changes and best use of technology. CEO of Yahoo Marissa Mayer had in 2013 ended the company telecommuting policy. She had conveyed this to employees in a memo from HR that for the best results the staff need to be working side-by-side.
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Automattic, which pitches for making the web a better place, had opposed US President Donald Trump’s travel ban restrictions from a few Muslim-majority countries across the world.
Automattic’s venture backers include Polaris Partners, True Ventures, and the New York Times Co., according to Reuters report.