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How to embrace remote work

The complete guide to setting up your team for remote work success

Follow the tips, strategies, and advice from the world’s leading companies in order to empower a productive and collaborative remote team.

 


Dispelling remote work myths—tips and best practices

When the topic of remote work comes up, it’s not uncommon for people to become immediately skeptical. Common narratives include:

“That could never work with our system.”

“In theory it sounds good, but remote people can’t come to meetings and they never have all the information.”

“Yeah, we tried that, but it didn’t really work and the remote people ended up getting fired.”

“How do you know people aren’t slacking off?”

Yikes.

All of these statements are working off of either wrong assumptions or process failures. Remote work is getting a bad name when in fact there are easily identifiable behaviors and policies that are causing the problems.

Effective remote work starts at the top. When company culture leaders correct non-remote friendly behaviors and put inclusive processes in place, the effects trickle down into a successful experience for everyone.

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How to build strong communication and collaboration with a remote team

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Remote team communication requires two basic things: thoughtful consideration and some adaptations for the virtual office.

As more teams go digital and turn to remote work, it’s important to remember that the kinds of nuanced communication you get in an office setting don’t necessarily translate online.

Setting some ground rules for team communication goes a long way in making sure your team is productive and happy.

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Digital tools needed to work remotely

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Tools matter more in remote work because they are the foundation for communication. You cannot walk up to someone’s desk to talk to them; you need to adapt tools to become your "virtual office." After all, if technology hadn’t advanced to what it is today, remote work wouldn’t even be possible.

Here’s a roundup of the most important types of tools you need to consider for remote work, as well as some specific recommendations.

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How to create a company culture as a remote team

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One of the biggest concerns when considering remote-friendly work is the perceived culture hit. Workplaces have relied on co-location to build corporate culture for so long that it seems bleak to think of a December without the requisite tinsel-and-punch office holiday party.

The key to building great remote relationships is intention. You need to try harder to find common interests, have meaningful meetings, and truly understand each person's perspective. The result can be a lasting network of true friends that you can depend on, no matter where your travels might take you.

Creating a strong remote team culture depends on two things:

  1. A clear set of "rules to live by" that have 100% buy-in across the company.
  2. A healthy system of meetings, events, and habits that keep people communicating.

Oh, and don't forget to use a lot of 😄 and 👍

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Find and land the right remote job: tips & tricks for interviews & hiring

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In 2018, 56% of companies around the world allowed employees to work remotely.

Remote opportunities aren’t just becoming easier to source, they are being developed by companies who are purposefully building a remote-friendly work culture (and looking for the right candidates to thrive in it).

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