Cytora blazes the trail for the workplace of the future in permanent move to remote-first

Today insurtech Cytora has announced its permanent move to remote-first.

This means employees can choose to work from any location they desire, no longer restricted by the unnecessary demands of a physical office. 

Remote-first now sits at the heart of the company’s vibrant culture, creating a workplace with trust at its heart, where membership is defined by ideals not geography, and where ambition can sky-rocket. 

“Covid-19 was the clear catalyst for our decision, but it’s not the reason,” said CEO Richard Hartley. “The concept of the traditional workplace needed to change regardless of this; and our decision to go remote first has been designed with purpose and conviction.” 

As part of the move to remote-first, Cytora is implementing unique initiatives to ensure its remote-first approach is as successful as possible. For example:

  • Each employee will receive a remote working travel budget of £2,000 a year to work from wherever they want in the world
  • Cytora will book a carousel of rotating accommodation across different locations in Europe (Covid-19 dependent) where employees can work remotely, encouraging varied collaborative experiences 
  • Budget is available for employees to purchase chairs, desks, ergonomics, monitors, headphones, lamps, fans/heaters, and more
  • Regular offsites will enable Cytorians to work together and socialise; and as Covid restrictions ease, we’ll be hosting fortnightly all-company social get-togethers in London

Despite revolutionary advances in technology, humans are still captured and contained by the conditioning of old office thinking. 

Cytora believes this ‘old office’ attitude cannot inspire people to build companies and workplaces of the future, and solve the problems that really matter to its customers. 

“As we look around the world today, so many organisations are anticipating a return to the drudgery of commuting and old office life – but that’s not the case at Cytora,” said Hartley. “We are creating a place with trust at its core, and where ambition can sky-rocket. Going remote-first also gives us better access to talent, enabling us to hire the best people for the job, who share our principles, regardless of their location. This all creates a unique and inspiring working environment that gives our people and our customers a true competitive advantage.” 

Cytora is inviting feedback from its employees on progress made, in a bid to continually improve its remote-first culture and ways of working.

You can download Cytora’s remote-first manifesto in its entirety here.