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All-Remote Pick Your Brain

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On this page, we're detailing how the public can request a Pick Your Brain interview focused on all-remote.

Why we offer public interviews on all-remote

An example of an All-Remote Pick Your Brain is embedded above, and can also be seen on the GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel.

Emna G., founder and CEO at Veamly, speaks with GitLab's Darren M. on a number of remote work topics: reinforcing culture, encouraging work-life harmony, remote work processes, the importance of process optimization in team productivity, and asynchronous communication.

GitLab believes that everyone can contribute. We also believe that all-remote organizations can fundamentally change the world by offering a different way to work. From reversing rural depopulation to providing opportunity to a more diverse set of people, we want all-remote to become less the exception, and more the norm.

There is no formal guidebook on building an all-remote company, and what works for a new startup may not map precisely to a larger organization.

While we are proponents of all-remote, we recognize that there are drawbacks as well as individuals who are skeptical about its feasability. We embrace detractors and those who are inquisitive about making all-remote work. We're interested in hearing about challenges faced by others implementing remote work, so we can ideally find and document solutions.

Scheduling a Pick Your Brain interview on all-remote

Requests for interviews concerning advice on all-remote may be initiated by completing and submitting this Google Form. In the request, please include a brief overview of topics you hope to discuss, along with key questions you're prepared to ask.

These 20 to 30 minute interviews with GitLab's Head of Remote will be recorded though Zoom and shared on the GitLab Unfiltered YouTube channel.

We invite guests to surface challenges and examples as points of discussion. Post-interview, and where applicable, we will iterate on relevant handbook pages to document questions and solutions.

GitLab is a very transparent company and many things that are normally confidential can be found in our handbook, available online. Please consider looking at the following pages prior to the meeting.

  1. GitLab's All-Remote Culture
    1. Defining "all-remote"
    2. Advantages
    3. Disadvantages
    4. Remote work fast boot and emergency plan for teams/leaders
    5. Remote work starter guide for employees
    6. Phases of remote adaptation
    7. Being a great remote manager
    8. How to evaluate a remote job
    9. Getting started in a new remote job
    10. Scaling a remote company
    11. People
    12. Non-linear workday
    13. Building and reinforcing a sustainable culture
    14. How to use forcing functions to work remote-first
    15. Mental Health: Combating burnout, isolation, and anxiety
    16. Jobs
    17. Management
    18. Remote onboarding
    19. Values
    20. Collaboration
    21. Hiring
    22. Compensation
    23. Learning and Development
    24. Self-service
    25. Informal Communication
    26. Meetings
    27. Handbook-first documentation
    28. Asynchronous workflows
    29. In-person interactions
    30. Stories
    31. Stages of remote work
    32. Hybrid-remote
    33. Transitioning/adding remote
    34. What not to do when implementing remote
    35. How it works at GitLab
  2. History
  3. About

Before an interview is scheduled, guests will be asked to send over an agenda with proposed questions and topics.

Return to the main all-remote page.

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