Earlier this month, Automattic was once again in the headlines–but it wasn’t for its ubiquitous publishing platform, WordPress. The company said it was closing its 15,000-square-foot office space in San Francisco’s South of Market district because, well, employees just weren’t showing up.
On the Stack Overflow podcast in February, Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg said just five of his 563 employees came into the office on a regular basis. There were as many gaming tables in the office as people, he added. Indeed, former Automattic CEO and current team lead Toni Schneider wrote in a blog post at the end of May that only about half of the company’s 32 San Francisco-based employees showed up to the office on Hawthorne “on a busy day.”