This company moves its office every four months to encourage outdoor getaways

A young Quebec tech company has taken on the challenge of no longer having a fixed office and moving its employees according to the seasons to stand out from the workforce and combine business with pleasure by harnessing the full air.

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In 2020, Alexandre Grenier and two partners founded the Quebec-based technology company Point Laz with the aim of improving the safety and productivity of mining producers.

But it was only after his partners left last year that the 29-year-old decided to establish a completely new corporate culture.

An outdoor enthusiast, he left the monotonous cabin to become a travel company.

Working on the slope of a snow-capped mountain, in the heart of a fishing village or even on the edge of a warm sandy beach, nothing is too good for the entrepreneur.

“It’s so difficult to recruit people these days, I was wondering how I could stand out and have fun with my co-workers at the same time,” says the man whose concept has already attracted a handful of programmers and engineers.

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Point Laz founder and president Alexandre Grenier near Île de la Grande Entrée in the Magdalen Islands last week.

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Point Laz founder and president Alexandre Grenier near Île de la Grande Entrée in the Magdalen Islands last week.

Her organization rented a first house in the Chic Chocs mountains in Gaspésie for four months last winter before settling on the Magdalen Islands, where she still lives. Next stop: the beaches of Mexico or Costa Rica.


Samuel Doyon, junior electrical engineer, kayaking near Grosse-Île, same location.

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Samuel Doyon, junior electrical engineer, kayaking near Grosse-Île, same location.

In addition to the salary, accommodation and travel expenses are paid for the employees.

All they have to do is enjoy their host country’s activities when they are not working. Everyone is also free to set their own schedule as the project progresses.

“For young people who need adventure and don’t want to know anything about 9 to 5, this is the ideal model. And there is nothing like it to forge a good team spirit,” assures Alexandre Grenier, specifying that his product can be shipped from anywhere in the world.

Global Goals

However, the latter is aware that the work-family balance can become more complex with this business model. Always looking for new talent, he does not rule out the possibility of teleworking for future employees who wish to do so.

Point Laz believes the equipment it designs and manufactures is “groundbreaking” and aims to use its product in every mine in the world.


One employee, Samuel Doyon, works on the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards for the company's scanner.

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One employee, Samuel Doyon, works on the design and manufacture of printed circuit boards for the company’s scanner.

Namely, it is a scanner called “Lazaruss”, which above all makes it possible to analyze and inspect mine shafts – a kind of elevator that brings ore and workers to the top – in just under an hour.

Efficient

These mandatory checks, which must be carried out weekly, usually last around eight hours when carried out by humans.

“In addition to more objective and accurate data, it saved just seven hours of mining production per week,” says Mr. Grenier, whose product has already been tested at a number of Canadian mines and is about to be launched.

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