we’re a comparably small company and in our field of work, remote work is the rule rather than the exception. Therefore our office has never been much more than an informal Friday gathering place. We have been using messaging (Slack, iMessage), shared storage (Dropbox), collaboration and videoconferencing (Teamviewer, Zoom), Kanban Boards (Trello), and a Repository (Github) for our work from the start. Plus whatever clients want us to use (mostly Microsoft’s “Teams” these days). The gist of our learnings is covered in the short video on remote work that we shared earlier this week.
But what about the Pros? Meanwhile there a number of companies that have made distributed teams with hundreds of employees working remotely the rule rather than the exception. Doist (makers of Todoist and Twist), Basecamp (creators of Basecamp), Automattic (the company behind WordPress), Aha! (the leading roadmapping platform), are just a few of them. Between them they successfully serve millions of happy customers.
And employees appear to be happy too. Leadership IQ surveyed 3,478 employees and discovered that people who work from home (i.e., telecommuting) are almost twice as likely to love their jobs than employees who work in traditional co-located work-sites. Plus mobile workers (i.e., using multiple workspaces, in and out of the office) were about 58% more likely to love their job than their office-based peers.
So what does it take to make remote work successful? Three insights from the pros:
8 Lessons from the Best Remote Companies in the World
Observations from the Doist blog by Fadeke Adegbuyi
The Guide to Remote Work That Isn’t Trying to Sell You Anything
Steph Smith, a Manager at TopTal shares his personal insights after 3 years of working remotely
Bonus link: Aha!’s Brian de Haaff is opinionated as always 9 Excuses Bosses Use to Keep People From Working Remotely
Enjoy your home office, stay safe, and help flatten the curve!
All the best,