This feature is part of our “Well-Distributed” series where we highlight the companies whose people-centricity and approach to remote work we really admire. Hotjar was one of our premier sponsors at last year’s Oyster Bridges jobs fair.
We talked to Sara Bent, People Ops Specialist at Hotjar, on traveling, the benefits of remote recruiting, and remote socializing at work.
Sara is no stranger to remote work. She joined Hotjar four years ago (in fact when we sat down for this interview in December she was celebrating her 4th anniversary) as a recruitment coordinator and helped the team grow exponentially. Her own role grew and evolved to cover new responsibilities as a People Operations Specialist.
Welcome to the “Well Distributed” series, our new feature where we take a closer look into the best distributed companies today.
To kick off our series, we talked to Betsy Church Bula, Talent Brand Manager at GitLab, on documentation, remote hiring, and “juice box chats.”
Betsy’s passion for remote work was evident from my very first question. Her journey to remote work is relatable — After a spouse’s job landed them in a new city, Betsy asked her company if she could go remote and they said yes! It was not until a couple years later and a new job as the Talent Brand Manager at GitLab when Betsy realized just how good remote could be.
200+ job seekers & 20+ companies: A Recap of Our First Remote Hiring Event
On December 3rd we held our first remote, and asynchronous hiring event, Oyster Bridges, for 240 total attendees spanning at least 50 countries over 24 hours.
Oyster Bridges was born out of a brainstorm on how to spend our time creating something that would be both meaningful to remote companies and also the individuals that power them.
With a focus on social good, our mission was to create a “special access opportunity” for extremely well qualified remote job seekers from the developing world to have exposure to remote companies dedicated to people-centricity.
We decided to make the event asynchronous – a new form of virtual event that does not have a schedule and does not presume any live experiences for the participants. Rather, we created a window of time during which special access was given to the event space where content and other experiences would be consumed on-demand.