Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.
Remote team leaders about building a remote team and how are they hiring for remote jobs in their company. They also share tips about how to stand out when applying for remote jobs.
Practical tips from remote companies about managing a remote team – how to measure productivity, where to work from and about planning company retreats to bring the remote team together.
Remote team leaders answering questions about their daily life in a remote team regarding communication, tools and more. They also share tips for companies planning to start working remotely.
There are many challenges. The accounting and legal systems of the world were not designed to make remote work easy. As a result, the contractual and financial frameworks that we use to enable remote work require ongoing attention. Coordinating our yearly get together is a real challenge! Keeping our documentation updated and organized is an ongoing struggle as well. Timezones are hard.
Having said that, we don't believe that the challenges of remote work are any greater than those that face a business using a more traditional model. The problems aren't harder or more plentiful, they're just different.
1.- Communication. You need to improve and build new processes that focus on facilitating communication, but stop short of overwhelming your team with bureaucratic processes.
2.- Documentation. Where in physical offices, there can be room for a little chaos and tribal knowledge, in remote companies you need to push a culture of documenting everything, having structures in place regarding regular meetings, policies, operating procedures, etc.
3.- Scorecards. Quarters fly by and with a physical office, team members talk in person about progress, issues and whether they need help - often these come up organically. With remote, if you want to have any idea if your team's projects are truly done, where there were bottlenecks, and if there are unresolved issues, you need to set up structured meetings and have scorecard checks in order to catch problems early and avoid micromanaging.