Research Report

Lessons Learned: 1,000 Days of Distributed at Atlassian

Every company at scale is distributed. At Atlassian, we’re using behavioral science to uncover how to do distributed work well.

In this report, you’ll find key insights and practical recommendations to help you lead your (already) distributed teams to success.

1,000 days of distributed at Atlassian

How we know our approach works

We get work done

Early research shows distributed teams are more productive because they adopt new ways of working.

We’re connected

We’ve proven that intentionally bringing teams together 3-4 times per year has a greater impact on connection than sporadic office attendance.

We still go to the office

Even with a "work from anywhere" policy, 80% of Atlassians visit an office each quarter.

And, people want to work here

Candidate offer accept rate has increased 20% since we let Atlassians choose where to work.


How we improve productivity at work

Fortune 500 executives rate low productivity as their #1 challenge. Learn how we track and make progress visible, carefully structure our time, and run effective, high-quality meetings.


How we keep distributed teams connected

In-person time is critical, but teams don’t need to be together 260 days a year. Our research shows that intentional team gatherings boost connection for 4-5 months, especially among new graduates and new hires.


Use data to reimagine the office

You don’t need an office to do great work. That doesn’t mean offices don’t matter. Read about our proprietary metrics and how they help us drive operational efficiency for our real estate footprint.

FAQ: Distributed work

What is distributed work?

Distributed work is done online (vs shoulder to shoulder). Most knowledge workers use the internet to collaborate across a distributed network, most of the time, regardless of where they’re working.

What’s the difference between remote work, hybrid work, and distributed work?

Remote work is any work accomplished outside of an appointed office. Hybrid work is a mix of mandated in-office time and remote work.

Both remote work and hybrid work are office-specific policies. Distributed work is a way of working and how most desk workers collaborate, regardless of time spent in the office.

If Atlassian is all-in on distributed work, why does it have 12 offices?

Offices continue to be an important part of our strategy and serve three purposes: connection, company belonging, and a place to get work done. When you make in-office time feel meaningful, people are more likely to come in: we see that 80% of Atlassians visit an office each quarter.

What are the benefits of distributed work?

Distributed teams can be more productive. They tend to use overlapping work hours to run fewer but more efficient meetings, and then have enough heads down time to think deeply.


Global teamwork that works

Learn what's worked for us and what we’re still testing. Use our evidence-based insights to improve online collaboration within your organization.