Video from Web Summit 2021: Company culture in a hybrid work environment

It’s no secret that companies are rethinking their working models as offices reopen and some people opt to continue working remotely. In fact, this hybrid remote/in-person model is likely the future of work for many industries. So how do you build and ensure your company culture when you have some team members in person and some at home?

I recently spoke about this topic on a panel at Web Summit 2021. As I said during the talk, embedded below, it’s a mistake to just try to move your culture directly online. At Fastly, we’ve found that you have to really design the experience anew and customize it for your specific situation and people. 

But just as importantly, remember that your culture is a moving target. As you grow, and as circumstances change, you need to be mindful about how that affects culture — for example, which traditions don't work any more and what can be done to replace them — while also leaving space for organic culture to emerge and transform. 

Company culture is a lot like an English country garden: it takes a lot of effort to make it look natural, and part of the skill is knowing when to tend and when to leave it alone. Watch the video below for more thoughts on how to cultivate this culture — and if our culture sounds good to you, we’re hiring.

Simon Wistow
VP Strategic Initiatives
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Simon Wistow
VP Strategic Initiatives

Simon is a co-founder at Fastly, where he helps lead strategic initiatives. Before helping found Fastly, Simon was a senior search engineer at Yahoo! Europe, LiveJournal, SixApart, Scribd, and then at social help desk company Zendesk. In a past life, he worked on R&D for a leading VFX Company doing films like the Harry Potter series, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven, Sunshine, and Wallace and Gromit. At one point he worked as a cowboy in Australia. Mostly because it seemed like a good idea at the time.