Remote Work At Inpsyde GmbH
* As of June 2016
Inpsyde GmbH Remote Company Q&A
Alex Frison, Co-Owner & Project Manager - Interview with Remote.co
We create Plugins, Websites, Themes or any solution based on WordPress.
Yes, we did start right away as remote.
It is essential! No remote, no Inpsyde!
We’re able to hire people all around the world, not only within a certain area. Also flexible working hours.
Because, we as the founders already live in different places and have the possibility to find the best WordPress developer all over Germany or worldwide. Location shouldn’t be a boundary to work at Inpsyde.
Lean toward a remote position, a person who can manage themselves, be focused at work and able to work on their own, make their own schedule and being communicative. Leaning away, a person who is the opposite of the previous points, who needs someone who gives him always instructions what to do now, a disorganized person, who has difficulties to focus.
First we ask for their code, if the quality is great or has potential, we have a telephone call where we ask all relevant questions for this position.
All people we are interviewing know that we are working remote. For many of them it is one of the main reason to work for us.
They get all tools, instruction how we work, get to know our team and projects and they already are invited in our social slack channels before they have their official first day.
We do have some weekly meetings set up, if someone is leaving his work, then he has to tell it in a channel, preferable with a time frame when he/she is back. Everyone is saying “Good Morning” or “Done for today – ready for a beer!” Or if he is leaving for a short time: “Lunch” “AFK 10 Minutes” “shortly AFK” or “gone for 2 hours – have some errands.”
At our team meetings, we do organize loads of stuff, which are fun and supports team building. Most of the time we are away for a whole week and just enjoy the time together without work.
Yes, we do, at least once a year we have a team meeting, but without internet or computers. We just want to have some fun and good talks outside of work. Many times we also meet one another at WordCamps in Europe or Germany.
We are not actively measuring the productivity of our workers, but if someone is being lazy or not concentrated, we will recognize it and have a talk with him.
Trust is critical.
Sometime it would have been good to go after work in a pub or somewhere else and talk about a project and come up with some solutions or also find out what’s the real problem of the worker, is it private or business. Reading between the lines is much harder in a remote team.
Keep everyone in the loop, whatever it is. Also talk to them about private things and regularly ask how they are doing! Because it is hard to tell, if you don’t see them.
They have their own devices and can also decide what they want, a pc, a mac or whatsoever. We take care of the tools or apps they need for work. Sometimes we do also pay for equipment, if we see it make sense for their work.
Since our working hours are pretty flexible, we don’t really have a time off policy, but we prefer, that everyone is at their computer between 10am – 3pm, but if they have some errands, they just have to tell us in a Slack channel and that’s ok.
Never really had a fear, if you fail in managing remote workers, it is not the system causing the failure, it is you.
Sure, if you start with it on yourself as a good example, then everyone is doing the same.
Live, breath, think, love remote. Don’t do it because others are telling you it is the best. You have to be convinced it is, with all the caveats that come along with remote teams.
Finding the right people, who can manage themselves, be focused at work and able to work on their own.
We primarily use Slack, Telephone Conferences and JIRA.
We are using better tools, less email, thank god – less Skype. 🙂 We are a great running team, everyone knows how the other one is ticking and what is the best way to communicate. So the communication between persons has been approved but also the tools we are using. Slack is a great tool and JIRA is also a main tool we are using for PM. But this is not the end of the road, we are still not at 100%.
Not really good, I’m always available, so many times I don’t completely separate between work and life. But if I really want to, I do and switch everything off and enjoy quality time with friends and family.
There is no one favorite business book, in each of many books is some wisdom in it.
“Fear is a bad advisor” and “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job……wait until you hire an amateur.”
Worst: In Cuba, having only a cell phone, bad internet and at a bus station. It was raining as hell and we had an emergency, which we finally fixed but I was completely wet at the end. Best: Also in Cuba, at the beach with a laptop, good internet reception from the hotel and a cold beer next to me. 🙂