The Future of Work at N-iX

30 Sep, 2020
This week, N-iX, one of the leading Ukrainian IT companies, has announced the transition to a new flexible office format, the launch of remote career opportunities, and plans to build hubs in multiple Ukrainian cities, starting with Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Zaporizhia. This is to respond to a global work-from-home shift and ensure the flexibility and safety of the company employees.
 
According to an internal survey at N-iX, almost 16% of employees would like to continue working entirely from home and 65% would like to combine remote and office work.
“Like many other companies across the globe, we have been very cautious about introducing any radical changes. However, it has become clear that the old world of work is gone, and we need to create a better one. Also, we understand that our employees need a sense of clarity and direction. Therefore, we have decided to transform our office, processes, and policies and go hybrid,” – comments the change Pavlo Deshchynskyi, Chief Operating Officer at N-iX.

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The key changes the company has introduced:

  • N-iX starts opening positions for remote candidates across multiple Ukrainian cities, starting with Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Zaporizhia;
  • The company intends to build N-iX hubs across Ukraine, uniting our communities in the cities where we are represented.
  • N-iX will offer the option to choose between office-based, flexible, and fully remote work models for the vast majority of roles, and employees can switch to a different set-up when they need to;
  • N-iX offices are being transformed into shared team spaces where teams can meet in person and collaborate;
In June, N-iX opened the company offices at a 30% load to ensure the social distancing and safety of its people. However, only around 15% of N-iX employees returned to the office, so it became clear that people are not in a rush to come back to the old way of work.

On the other hand, N-iX Employee Satisfaction Survey showed that many of N-iX employees missed face-to-face communication and informal chit-chat in the kitchen.

“We have been working on the office model that would be convenient for everyone allowing the company to avoid wasted infrastructure costs, but providing our people with a safe space to meet in person, connect, and collaborate. We have tested hot desk areas and dismissed the option of transforming our offices into co-workings. Instead, we have decided to create Shared Team Spaces, which will give our teams the flexibility and safe work environment they need and help us preserve our unique company culture. So every team at N-iX still has its own warm and inspiring team space which they share and manage depending on how much time different team members spend in the office,” – shares Pavlo Deshchynskyi, Chief Operating Officer at N-iX.

So like now, every team at N-iX will have their own workspace to connect and collaborate. And every N-iX employee can choose one type of work, which is convenient for them personally – office-based, flexible, or remote. Every N-iX employee can always request switching to a different model and choose the work format that suits them. Moving to the office-based set up apparently takes more time than switching to remote, as the company needs to organize a personal desk and other infrastructure in this case.

“Our job candidates also expect more flexibility, so we are rethinking our recruitment strategies to attract the best people on the market, which is getting hotter every year. In fact, there has never been a better time to start building a presence in other Ukrainian cities, such as Dnipro, Vinnytsia, and Zaporizhia. So we have launched remote recruitment campaigns in these locations. This will allow us to expand our recruitment capabilities, grow faster, and strengthen our team with top tech talent, wherever they are,” – explains Pavlo Deshchynskyi, Chief Operating Officer at N-iX.

Step by step, the company intends to grow communities in these locations and create social hubs for N-iX employees there. Such hubs might entail establishing various kinds of physical presence, such as co-working spaces, hot desk areas, or own offices with shared team spaces like the current company offices in Lviv and Kyiv.

N-iX remote employees will become an integral part of N-iX enjoying all the benefits the company gives to the co-located teams, such as HR and management support, all the necessary devices and software, medical insurance, education reimbursement, access to our professional development tools, etc.