The furthest is definitely Alex Fox who has flown in from Columbia to be here! Not sure if he has a forum account, but we’ve also had people coming in from France, Ireland, Scotland… Not sure where else!
Crystal Maze was phenomenal, a real laugh. We roughly based on it on our internal COps Squads (so COps is divided into Squads, which generally contain about 10 people), so it was a great opportunity for us remote workers to get to know the people who we spend lots of time talking to over Slack and video chat! A huge amount of us have never met IRL before despite having nightly video call catchups and working together all the time, so it’s been really great to actually develop these working relationships further IRL.
It’s also been an opportunity for many people to meet other members of our daytime team. Since I live in Birmingham, I actually manage to get into the office pretty frequently, plus I’ve been at Monzo long enough to have met a lot of people, but for many remote workers this week has been the first time they’ve been in to the office since their initial training - which for some people may have been months ago.
A few of our Squad Captains plus members of the People team have done an absolutely amazing job organising this week, months in advance, and we’re all very grateful to them. Especially since the hotel that most of us are staying in is literally a 5 minute walk from the office… Super convenient, since we’re all still doing our normal shifts (hence why I was still in the office at 3am last night!!!).
I’ll nudge a few people to post in here with their thoughts and experiences so far