Remote Work At Intridea/ Mobomo
* As of February 2020
Intridea/ Mobomo Remote Company Q&A
Kathryn Ottinger, Director of Marketing - Interview with Remote.co
What does your remote-friendly company do?
Intridea is an internationally recognized leader in design, user experience, AngularJS, front-end engineering, and open source. A 2011 Inc 500 fastest growing company, Intridea develops technology solutions and web products for startups and enterprise customers including ADP, Citi, Mitsubishi, and XO Group. Intridea is headquartered in Washington, DC.
How important is remote work to your business model?
Very. It enables us to hire only the best. Location isn’t a limiting factor when it comes to finding top talent.
What do you consider the biggest benefits of a remote workforce?
Flexibility to work from anywhere. This can be both a blessing and a curse, but if managed properly is a huge benefit. Currently, I’m working remote out of ND for a full week while spending time with family. This would’ve been impossible in a traditional desk job.
What were the main reasons to integrate remote work into your workforce?
Talent pool and work/life balance. We value family and quality work. We know if we can keep our team happy and allow them to live their lives, they’ll want to come to work!
What is your hiring process for remote workers?
Often times, we seek out entrepreneurs. Self-motivation is crucial for remote teams – we aren’t there to micro-manage you – so that’s a huge factor in the hiring process.
Do you have remote communication protocols for your remote workers?
Not officially, but it’s polite and helpful for us all when we respond quickly – usually 24hrs or less.
Do your remote team members meet in person?
Yes, we usually kick-off a project in house – so we’ll fly folks in for that. Also, we host an annual retreat every year for a few days. Last year, it was a big rental house in Steamboat Springs, CO.
How do you measure the productivity of remote workers?
Productivity is purely based on results.
What is the hardest part about managing a remote workforce?
Communication and understanding people’s personalities via text and email.
What is your time off policy for remote workers?
Unlimited. Take what you need – we don’t count your sick or vacation days.
How did you implement a remote work policy?
Organically for the most part. We have some structure in place, but our company is results-driven – so if you prefer to work from 9pm-6am, and you turn out exceptional work – more power to you!
How do you nurture your company’s culture in a remote work environment?
Annual company retreats, weekly Google hangouts (non-work related), and gif battles on Slack.
What advice would you give to a team considering to go remote?
Trust your team and communicate well. The worst thing you can do to a remote employee is micromanage them. As their boss, it’s your responsibility to provide them with the tools and resources, trust them to accomplish the work. Don’t keep tabs on them every moment of the day. As for communication – remote work can often seem like a lonely island. Make a point to communicate often (if you think you’re over communicating – you’re doing it right) – know when to hop on Skype vs. email vs. gchat and create a culture of honesty and openness.
How do you personally manage work-life balance?
I like to write out my schedule weekly. Keep a running list of to-dos and integrating personal activities throughout the day (i.e. grocery shopping, grabbing lunch with a friend, doctors appt, etc)
Do you have a favorite quote or bit of business wisdom?
“If it’s not a little scary, it’s not worth doing!”
Where is the best or worst place you’ve worked remotely?
Worst location? Hmm, probably middle of nowhere Florida 🙂 The best location – Amsterdam (hands down!).