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    139 companies answer 10 questions.

    Managing a remote or distributed team successfully requires good support, planning, and communication. Whether deciding if and how to get the team to meet in person or defining the line between vacation and flexible work, the management of a remote team has differences from managing traditional on-site teams. In our Managing Remotely section we ask top remote companies how they keep their teams running smoothly from thousands of miles away.

  • SimpleTexting
    We expect people to be online during their scheduled workday. If they’re not going to be around or stepping out...
  • TeamSnap
    Be generally available, coordinate with your team to be most effective, realize that working remotely means overcommunicating.
  • AirTreks International
    Yes, but they are different. We have regular meetings where we expect people to do their synchronous work. ...
  • Goodway Group
    We do organize a company-wide trip twice a year. This gives everyone a chance to mingle and meet face to face....
  • Chargify
    Socializing and team building is important when we all get together. It isn’t all about productivity and getting work done ...
  • Fog Creek Software
    Yes – see my blog where I wrote the definitive guide...
  • Knack
    Not only do we all meet twice a year in person, we live together in a giant house for a week...
  • WooThemes
    We meet at various times throughout the year at conferences and retreats. The schedule is constantly evolving based on team needs, but the one...
  • Mavens
    We have an all company summit every year where the entire organization gets together for 3+ days. Regional team members are encouraged...
  • ThirdPath Institute
    I think this is a very important question for all organizations – not just organizations with remote workers.  Too often a “flexible workplace” turns into...
  • ICUC Social
    We work with project management tools and have set goals and KPIs. We rely on Asana, a project management tool, to keep track of...
  • Origin Eight
    Through project management and time tracking tools.
  • WAKA Kickball & Social Sports
    Communicate, communicate, communicate. And when you are done with that, follow up with good communication! You have to be able to express yourself well...
  • Equivity
    Constant communication. This requires the use of text, email, voice, and video communication platforms and shared expectations regarding availability.
  • Flex Professionals
    Trust, trust, trust and communication, communication, communication.
  • Knobs.co
    Managing outgoing sales efforts.
  • TNTP
    Working from home can be isolating, especially for staff who have never worked remotely or for TNTP before. You have to be proactive about...
  • DevriX
    Working with less experienced people, communicating properly online with other team members, following company policy and standards, understanding goals and vision,...
  • TOK.tv
    Transparency rules our remote working policy: we all must be aware of what is going on. Aside from that, we meet...
  • Batchbook
    Keeping remote employees engaged is definitely a challenge. You need to make an effort to check in with co-workers and learn about their lives...
  • X-Team
    We’ve evolved a lot on this one. It started as a quarterly Google Hangout where everyone got together to watch...
  • Fire Engine RED
    Our company provides computer hardware and software to all our team members.
  • iDoneThis
    Everyone is free to get their devices from the company, but as far as I know everyone’s just using their own machine.
  • Taksa Technology Solutions
    As a company we have internal policies that helps us to have key security measures that protects us from any liability concerns that possibly...
  • OpenSnow
    Everyone gets unlimited time off. If goals are clearly communicated and employees are responsible, we don’t need to babysit with...
  • Trello
    Our vacation policy is 4 weeks/year, in addition to holidays and unlimited sick days.
  • Toggl
    First of all, we have a flexible schedule and the only condition for the remote team members is to have at least some overlapping...
  • Packlane
    Not being able to express when an issue is truly urgent. This is a problem, but it’s gotten easier the...
  • Crossover
    As is the trend with other remote companies, we worry about workplace culture. It’s a bit harder to foster when...
  • VIPKID
    We’ve always been worried that they wouldn’t commit to teaching online in the long run, because most of our...

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