Gustav Eén worked as a Web Developer in Stockholm for a decade, before he decided it was time to pack his belongings and move to Åre to pursue another passion of his – snowboarding. Here Gustav shares his learnings from distance working and the importance of valuing your spare time.
This might sound cliché but at Hedvig that is encouraged. As a frontend-developer-wannabe-designer I can work on things that make me tick, not just following a backlog. This generates great results and motivated employees.
Decide what to spend your time on and when to take shortcuts. Start up, scale up - whatever we call ourselves nowadays, we want to move fast and create top shelf user experience. Working in tech, there's a lot to geek out on. Knowing when to build something from scratch or pick a pre-packaged solution is key and takes practice.
Giving people the freedom to form their worklife to suit their lifestyle is the smartest thing a company can do. For me that is working from Åre, spending spare time and lunch breaks outdoors.
By having an award winning design/comms team, in-house built back office system, a first class service team we can be very fast from idea to implementation and get a wide variety of perspectives from within.
Hedvig has multiplied in size since I started 3 years ago and that means constant change. I thought of myself as a change averse person but realise I thrive in this environment, when working under the right circumstances.