Before we dive into details, we want to start by saying how amazing our team is. As the pandemic continues to throw curveballs, they've continued to pivot and adapt, doing excellent work all along the way. We've also doubled the size of our team during the pandemic, so we know we can successfully work remotely together.
Like many businesses, our leadership team talked about what our return to office policy would look like, or whether we needed one at all. We decided to take the lead from our people, asking them to give feedback via a quick survey. The results were clear: a lot of employees were happy and most productive working from home. That flexibility gave them opportunities to spend more time with family and to pursue hobbies that they were missing out on when they were commuting to and from work.
We quickly determined that we weren't interested in asking folks to return to the office unless they really wanted to. Our policy is that employees should work from wherever they feel they are the most productive. We also give our team a lot of flexibility in their hours, to allow for the everyday life events that occur. The result is a much more engaged group that is putting out incredible work while maintaining a healthy work/life balance that is so often difficult to find.
As we continue to build our team, we're adding people across the map and continue to have a majority of our Seattle-local staff working from home. It's important to us that we keep finding ways to enjoy time together, remotely. During the full office shut down, we held 13 virtual events, and we're working on ways to bring people together. Here are some things that we have been trying:
While no one is required to come into the office, we have officially opened our Seattle office for those who prefer that setting. Of course anyone working in the office must follow the latest CDC guidelines to maintain a safe work environment. We have also set up hotel desks for those who only come in occasionally. Those desks are cleaned by the last person to use it, and then again when a new person occupies the desk. We're working on setting up a system so that employees can reserve desks when they want to come into the office. The system will help ensure only the recommended number of people are in the office at one time.