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    137 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.

  • Envato
    We don’t have any overarching rules or norms, other than to ensure that mandatory meetings are remote-friendly. Each team sets...
  • Go Fish Digital
    We are starting to implement this a little more as we grow. We have a lot of de-facto standards just from having done this...
  • OnTheGo Systems
    No rules, but we are always replying.
  • Ushahidi
    Yes. We find one place that can host us all. Make sure it’s not in a city, you want everyone...
  • TaxJar
    We meetup as an entire team at least twice per year. We call them JarFests. We work hard to plan them...
  • Stack Overflow
    For a remote team, the main focus is actually just to spend time together face-to-face, so plan everything around that. We find a yearly...
  • Formstack
    Yes! Every fall, we gather for our annual “All Hands” meetup with our entire team. We started doing these meetups in 2013,...
  • TOK.tv
    We get together every three months for three to seven days, changing the location almost every time.
  • LoveToKnow Corp.
    We do not routinely meet in person. Some of our management team has met a couple times and when I am traveling, I’ve...
  • Batchbook
    We set goals and deadlines, the same way we would if our team was working in an office together. The team here at Batchbook...
  • Crossover
    We use a productivity-tracking tool called Worksmart, which helps managers and their team...
  • ezhome
    We are a very metrics-oriented company. Every employee knows the company’s annual and quarterly Objectives and Key Results (ORKs) and...
  • DVMelite
    It is critical to have open communication and no silos.  Everyone should be able to communicate with anyone and be open...
  • Knobs.co
    Clear tasks, responsibilities, and deliverables.
  • SimpleTexting
    Being able to measure the output of your employees. Trust.
  • Sutherland Global Services
    Sensing everybody’s mood, level of motivation, identifying issues before they develop.  With an on-site team, you get to take advantage...
  • Blossom
    To me it was letting go of the idea that everybody is available at some specific time. I was always a...
  • Knack
    Always the communication. This is this the hardest part for any workforce; remote just amplifies the stakes.
  • SoftwareMill
    Each team that is working for a client takes responsibility for all the issues: financial stuff, agreements, customer relations, etc. Thanks to...
  • Hanno
    A great remote team depends on a very strong culture to bind everyone together and make sure they don’t feel...
  • Goodway Group
    At Goodway, we don’t treat our remote employees any differently than if they were in an office setting. They can...
  • 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...
  • Trello
    Employees of Trello are provided with what they need from a technology standpoint to get their jobs done.
  • iDoneThis
    Everyone is free to get their devices from the company, but as far as I know everyone’s just using their own machine.
  • Buffer
    We have a minimum vacation policy at Buffer where we ask employees to take at least 15 days off every year, in...
  • Sticker Mule
    We don’t track time off but expect people to take roughly 4 weeks vacation. Most of our team doesn’t have set hours so...
  • TeamSnap
    No specific policy. Work when you want, take time off when you need it. Coordinate with your teammates so your time off is not...
  • Modern Tribe
    Accountability. The fear that people would simply flake, walk off into the distance, play video games instead of work. Sure they...
  • Origin Eight
    Not many fears that I can think of. Really just accountability and showing up, but I don’t feel that’s any more of...
  • Appirio, a Wipro Company
    The biggest fear is “culture cracks” as our CEO calls it. Since we do have such a significant amount of remote...

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