App integration provider Zapier is remote-first, but cofounder Wade Foster says meet-ups help to nurture culture. “Things like playing board games together and hiking as a group have helped us learn more about each other and our families – it’s knowledge we wouldn't have gained in a normal week,” he says.
Automattic, the company behind WordPress, gets its people together once a year for a “Grand Meetup”. Team meet-ups also take place throughout the year. Workers report that the Grand Meetup makes them feel more connected to the company, and gives them the opportunity to talk to any ‘Automattician’ they happen to run into.
Dropbox is virtual-first, but CEO Drew Houston says events play a big part in fostering collaborative, positive culture. Dropbox stages an annual ‘Hack Week’, where employees gather to spend time outside of their usual workspaces and explore. The goal is to “create, think bigger, and challenge perceptions”.