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Building Remote

11 articles about how to build and run a remote company from sites like blog.hubspot.com, codingsans.com and doist.com mentioning remote companies like Buffer, Groove and marketgoo last posted 1 week ago

Cracking The Code Of Remote Working: Lessons From The Future Of Work

"Hiring remote means you are able to hire the best possible talent anywhere on the planet, and allowing those people to choose quality of life over the rat race is a serious draw for the person you are looking to hire."

It's huge! You were looking for people in small parts of cities, and now you hire the best talent from the whole world.

Remote HubSpot Employees Give 8 Tips for Working From Home

8 tips from HubSpot for a good work-from-home experience:

1. Determine if remote work is right for you
2. Schedule meetings and work hours in chunks
3. Over-communicate with everyone
4. Plan virtual coffee chats with colleagues
5. Create an efficient home-working space
6. Work outside of your house
7. Prepare for video calls
8. Don't forget to take breaks

Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive

Remote workers are more productive than office workers and this could be mostly a byproduct of asynchronous communication. @doist is building a Slack alternative around this async logic so teams can organize their conversations into threads instead of chatting on a Slack channel.

You can always go back to a thread and read it (also helpful for new team members). You can't do that in Slack.

Here’s Exactly How Much Our Company Spends on Perks & Benefits

Buffer has a "People Team" who makes sure that their team is feeling great (what!).

Although the biggest benefit of remote work is already built into it – work from home or anywhere else in the world – there are more awesome perks that Buffer provides. How cool is that:

Tech Accessories – budgeted $9k
️ Working Smarter Stipend – budgeted $9k
Coworking spaces reimbursement – budgeted $27k
Internet reimbursement – budgeted $25k
πŸ—‘ Home Office Allowance – budgeted $10k
Free books (and Kindle) – budgeted $15k
Growth mindset fund – budgeted $40k
401k: 2% match – budgeted $80k
Accounting fees – budgeted $25k
Health Insurance – budgeted $225k
Dependents Grant – budgeted $149k
Digital therapy – budgeted $3k

Remote Teams Best Practices: Our Way of Getting Things Done

If team members are used to communicate by walking to each other's table and talking, it can be hard to switch to a remote setup at first.

On the other hand I also believe that a lot of team members already chat in Slack or similar even though they may be sitting next to each other. I know I have done this. I mean, why open your mouth when you can type right – but seriously, when I type then the person can check it when can, not when I say it.

Key takeaways from the article:

Focus on communication
Share a tool-stack
Trust is key
Define acceptance criteria

My Morning Routine As A Remote Team CEO

Old article, but illustrates very well how it is to work remotely: "wake up, shower, have a bowl of cereal, make a cup of coffee and head over to my desk".

How GitLab, Stanwood, Latchel and Canny Execute their Daily Standups with Remote Teams

I asked remote companies about their daily standup habits. Most teams are posting what they're working on to the daily #standup channel thread in Slack. Some do video calls.

Check out comments from GitLab, Stanwood, Latchel and Canny about their daily standup habits.

Managing Remote Developer Teams: How Buffer Set the Gold Standard - Interview with Katie Womersley

Great article with a lot of useful insights. For example, finding the right balance between synchronous work and asynchronous work:

synchronous – chatting online, really great for being connected, bonding as a team, real-time collab, being creative with ideas

asynchronous – people answer when it suits them, little meetings, no frantic chatting, can work with their heads down

We are closing our office. Here's Why.

Companies are starting to shut down their offices and head to a beach with a laptop instead. What a good idea!

You can see from the article that marketgoo has a clear plan for their new fully remote company setting – they're planning storytelling to keep people in the loop, tougher reporting, but this also leaves more money for profit sharing and alternative remote-working efforts like co-working allowance.

The β€œfuture of work” is here... so why aren’t more companies remote-first?

"Companies are kidding themselves if they think employees are able to be productive just because they sit in a room or building with their name and logo on the door."

Yes! Walk around an office 4pm and see how many people are scrolling through their Facebook feed. Well, a lot. Maybe not Facebook anymore. But Reddit or something.

So, if you're not doing anything productive, why sit there in the office? Go home! And you'll have a lot more energy the following day, or convince your boss to skip the office.

10 Reflections on Buffer's 10th Team Retreat

Buffer looks back at their 10 remote team retreats – it's so nice to see your teammates in real life, but it's not so cool to replace your comfy yoga pants with jeans for a retreat week. Oh, and there's so much hugging that you probably get a flu.

I guess it costs a lot of money to fly almost 100 persons together from all over the world, but nothing replaces in-person face time and it's probably quite useful for the remote company culture. And I'm sure it's fun!