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What’s the hardest part of talent management during the pandemic?

We are not having trouble attracting or retaining talent because we offer a chance to work with cool technology, which is a key facet of that. The hardest part about the pandemic from a talent perspective is that people question pretty much everything. I'm thankful that Databricks was flexible on where people live. You had to take a salary adjustment if you decided you wanted to live in Idaho, for example, but they were at least flexible enough to support that move. It hasn't branched out. I hired one person in New York full-time remote, and one person in Ohio full-time remote. Our talent team is getting used to digging more in other markets. They've been so used to the Bay Area markets where everybody comes at a premium price and a premium ego, in a lot of cases. You can go hunting in other states for less ego, and they can still make a decent living, but there’s good talent nationwide. I don't like the “butts in seats” mentality because it alienates people and it limits you to certain time zones. I love the fact that we've been able to be flexible.

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We are not having trouble attracting or retaining talent because we offer a chance to work with cool technology, which is a key facet of that. The hardest part about the pandemic from a talent perspective is that people question pretty much everything. I'm thankful that Databricks was flexible on where people live. You had to take a salary adjustment if you decided you wanted to live in Idaho, for example, but they were at least flexible enough to support that move. It hasn't branched out. I hired one person in New York full-time remote, and one person in Ohio full-time remote. Our talent team is getting used to digging more in other markets. They've been so used to the Bay Area markets where everybody comes at a premium price and a premium ego, in a lot of cases. You can go hunting in other states for less ego, and they can still make a decent living, but there’s good talent nationwide. I don't like the “butts in seats” mentality because it alienates people and it limits you to certain time zones. I love the fact that we've been able to be flexible.
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We saw some people leaving when we asked everybody to return to the office. Many people like to have the flexibility to work from home, so unfortunately some of them left. Nowadays, a lot of companies offer the option to work remotely, so people want the freedom to work where they want. 
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