What does ‘non-parental culture’ mean?
JESSICA: As a fully remote company, we can’t always be there for people. We don't have an office where you can see everyone. People are working independently in different places around the world, and the best way to do this is to take a fully hours-agnostic approach.
Once we’d made those decisions, it became pretty clear that we couldn’t also have a high degree of centralized oversight into what's happening with people. So naturally, we had to build an approach that was very decentralized and required a very, very high degree of individual autonomy. That’s what got us talking about this non-parental approach.
So, let’s say you get an offer to work at another company. They send over your contract, documentation, and benefits. All you need to do is show up on your first day.
When we make you an offer at Whereby, we send you a Notion page with the four different types of contracts you can take—depending on where in the world you want to work—and you let us know which one you want. We’ll explain what the clauses mean if anything is confusing, but we're not going to give you legal advice or interpret stuff on your behalf. You're expected to do it.
And we have that same approach everywhere. Other companies send you a monitor and a laptop when you start. We give you a virtual credit card with £1,500 one week before your first day. You decide what you need for your home office, you purchase those things, then you upload your receipts. We don’t arrange anything except the cash.