There are no strict office hours at Stanwood, but we need a few hours of overlap between our schedules to keep our mostly synchronous processes working.
Some team members prefer to start early in the morning, some take longer breaks during the day, some prefer working late. As long as we have the needed overlap and everyone knows who’s working right now, it’s fine. To get that kind of transparency, we posts a quick hello and today’s top tasks in our status channel in slack. We post when we take breaks for lunch, workout, walking the dog or other appointments and we post when we are off.
If we are off, we switch our profile status to offline and turn off our notifications. That way, we don’t get lured into slack again by the continuing messages of our friends and colleagues. Due to our flexible schedules, someone’s always working and you may get the feeling to miss out on some important things. But it’s important to unplug and really be off work when you’re off.