Finding ourselves for the first time with a fully remote collaboration for an extended period of time, the whole team demonstrated high resilience & adaptability. We've all learned a lot since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, including that we can make remote collaboration work.
Answers to the remote surveys showed that remote work could have a positive impact on general well-being, individual productivity, ability to focus and life balance. It also showed a great desire for flexibility.
On the other hand, many of you expressed a desire to come back to office for social interactions with your colleagues.
Going forward, Monito will be keeping the digital-first communication we successfully adopted during the pandemic to be able to offer you the same experience whether you work from the office every day, a couple of days a week, or fully remotely.
This will give existing employees in Switzerland the flexibility expectations shared via the employee survey, and open up the potential to hire more talents fully remotely.
Reaping the benefits of remote work in terms of flexibility, convenience, and access to great new colleagues, while ensuring optimal communication, high engagement, and intense collaboration will require some effort, investments, and structure. Here's the framework we're confident will help us make it work:
Employees can choose between three options:
You work at our Lausanne office most of the time (3+ days per week) with your own dedicated desk and everything to make your workspace truly yours (incl. family and pet pictures).
You regularly come to the office up to 2 days per week, and work from home the rest of the time. At the office, you'll work from one of our "hot desks".
You work fully remotely from Switzerland or abroad in one of the approved time zones.
To ensure good synchronous communication, Monito employees need to be located in time zones between UTC-4 (US East Coast & South America) and UTC+3 (from Eastern Europe to Middle East and East Africa). Team-wide meetings & synchronous communication happen between 2pm and 5pm Swiss Time.
To get to know your colleagues & participate in condensed creative and brainstorming sessions, we aim to meet in person twice a year in February and September for company-wide off sites in Switzerland. Travel & accommodation are paid by Monito for the duration of the offsite.
Our digital-first set-up means that you can of course work abroad within the selected time zones, limited by administrative constraints (in particular insurance and tax). If you plan to work abroad more than 8 weeks per year (or more than 4 consecutive weeks) or if you're not based in Switzerland, talk to the admin team first.
Remote & Flex employees get a home office set-up budget and a monthly allowance. More details will be shared soon.
To make the sentence "Can you hear me now?" a relic of the past, we expect Flex and Remote employees to have access to a high-speed internet connection (e.g. fiber at 100 Mbps) covered by the home office allowance and to follow these best practices for better call quality:
We'll continue to equip the office with the latest video conference tech.