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.
The main challenges are time zones and cultures. You need to make sure projects run smoothly and that nobody is stuck waiting for someone’s reply in order to do their part. Different cultures can interpret a comment, a tone of voice, or even a joke in a different way than the intended one. Luckily in our organization, we all have a good relationship with one another, so things are not misinterpreted.
About half our team is able to set their own schedule. While we ask everyone to pick and keep consistent hours, many folks are able to set their own hours and use flex time at their discretion (and in coordination with their manager and coworkers).
The other half of our team does have to work fixed schedules because they're doing things like providing customer support and monitoring our infrastructure. For those folks, we fix their schedules to UTC to ensure we have consistent coverage across time zones and changes. In addition, they use scheduling tools like WhenIWork so that everyone on the team can see everyone else that is working at any given them.
We always take into account different timezones when we plan meetings, and there have only been a couple of occasions where someone who is about about 7 hours behind had to get up super early for a meeting! We're very considerate about not having people take meetings super late or early on their timezone.