By Katherine Bindley
Four years ago, Aaron Levie moved Box Inc., the fast-growing cloud-computing company he co-founded, into a new, red-brick building with its logo on the facade. Box decked it out with all the trappings of Silicon Valley: a sleek cafeteria, common areas with orange hammocks, and a bar built from a converted Volkswagen van with kombucha and cold-brew coffee on tap.
Mr. Levie and his staff haven’t been in that office for eight weeks, yet the chief executive says work has been plenty smooth without it. His sales team is interacting with more clients, participation is higher in weekly all-hands meetings, and without travel, he devotes more time to work.
“You strip out a commute and you strip out having to get on an airplane for business meetings and you kind of remove a lot of these other things that crept into the work that you had to do,” said Mr. Levie, a longtime proponent of flexible work. Box provides online storage and file-sharing products that can be used for such situations.