ClickUp CEO on the present and future of work

Zeb Evans has seen his productivity hub startup grow rapidly and has had a close-up view of changing trends

Headshot of Zeb Evans, CEO at ClickUp

We continue to live through a state of flux in how and where we work. The pandemic created a crossroads where, for many of us operating in the knowledge economy, hybrid working became the default setting. 

I’ve spent much of the last 18 months talking to people with interesting insights and perspectives. Productivity and hybrid working go together like love and marriage so in this piece I exchanged emails with Zeb Evans, CEO and founder of ClickUp, a productivity platform that’s marketed as “one app to replace them all”, by unifying tasks, files, messaging, project tracking and beyond.

Founded in 2017, the company notched a remarkable $535m in funding round to be valued at $4bn and it now has about 800 staff. Customers include McDonalds, and Netflix.

To what extent are you seeing significant changes to working patterns since pandemic restrictions were lifted?

The most significant change to work-life we've witnessed in the post-lockdown world is that we will never return to an office full-time. Employees are prioritising flexibility, especially when it comes to when and where they get their work done. That's why I believe that hybrid work is here to stay. To build a solid and connected team, companies need to be thoughtful about when it makes sense (and is valuable) for a team to come together in person. For example, at ClickUp we continue to invest in physical office locations and have designated in-office days for local team members. We also offer memberships to co-working spaces and host regular team gatherings like Sales Kick-Off and offsites to bring our distributed crew together.

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