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  1. Tremendous insight, thanks for this! I’d love to get Toni on the show some day.


  2. @Matt – You’re welcome :) You and I both would like to get him on a show.

  3. TJ Baker

    Very interesting insights.
    I wonder how rare such a large, successful, 100% distributed workforce company is?

    Obviously Automatic has done something right … but could their success be increased with some part of their workforce being ‘in an office’ together? Of course we’d have to agree to what ‘success’ means first.

    Perhaps it’s just that I’ve worked from home for over 6 years with a small 100% remote team, and I’ve forgotten about office drama and politics, but to me there is no replacing the energy exchange and creativity that comes from being in a room with live people.


  4. @TJ Baker

    but to me there is no replacing the energy exchange and creativity that comes from being in a room with live people.

    This is one of the reasons why Automattic encourages so many of their employees to attend as many meetups/WordCamps as possible, to encourage face to face time. But here is the weird thing. I’ve read multiple times and have even seen screenshots of a bunch of Automatticians in the same room yet they are glued to their notebook screens, chatting to each other in Skype, P2, etc. It becomes so engrained to communicate in that method, they do it all the time, even in the presence of their peers.

  5. TJ Baker

    I’ve read multiple times and have even seen screenshots of a bunch of Automatticians in the same room yet they are glued to their notebook screens, chatting to each other in Skype, P2, etc. It becomes so engrained to communicate in that method, they do it all the time, even in the presence of their peers.

    Ha! Yeah, I’ve experienced it first hand on our occasions where we were in the same office, doing our work, and chatting on Skype while sitting right next to each other.

    It’s an interesting direction we’re heading in, to say the least :)


  6. @TJ Baker – Being a newly distributed worker myself, I have to say that the Loneliness factor is definitely a buzz-kill of sorts. Despite hating my job for 13 years, I enjoyed some of the people I worked with every night. I miss BS’ing with them and talking about the news of the day or what was going on in the world. Now, working from home, I don’t talk to anybody and I don’t have any co-workers. It’s a tough transition to make.

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