On 9 April 2015 at 16:47, Garfield Byrd <gb...@wikimedia.org> wrote: > Hi Fae, > > We have 215 staff in total, with a hub of activity in San Francisco and > other staff in several other states and 18 countries. So I agree talented > people can be found globally and WMF does hire the best talent it can find > wherever they are located. At this point adding offices in other locations > add cost without any benefits to the community or the Wikimedia > Foundation. We also do not have the luxury of Mozilla's $300 million > budget that can support a London office or Microsoft's billions to have a > globally distributed workforce with offices. So we are not closing the > door to anything. Based on our test project of trying to develop centers of > activity in other parts of the United States there is no need for > additional offices. We do need and will continue to hire a globally > distributed staff of talented people to support our global community of > talented volunteers.
Thanks for the response, it makes sense to me. I agree with avoiding additional offices unless there is a very good business case. Back in the late 1990s I was part of a small consultancy where we chose to eliminate having a central office altogether. It was a strange thing to try back last century, but moving more of the administrative functions into the virtual working space, and arming employees with excellent teamworking tools they can use from home (or bookable office spaces locally) has become part of the ordinary world of work these days. WMF development happens this way already, and you writing here shows that management/executive level folks are comfortable and skilled with virtual spaces. It would be jolly interesting if the WMF were seen to try out more virtual methods in other parts of its operation, and find meaningful ways of reporting on benefits or avoidable costs. I see this as part of the learning organization... Maybe a topic for another thread at some point. :-) Fae _______________________________________________ Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Mailing_lists/Guidelines Wikimediaemail@example.com Unsubscribe: https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimedia-l, <mailto:wikimedia-l-requ...@lists.wikimedia.org?subject=unsubscribe>