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    134 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.

  • Trade Conductor
    Everyone responds very fast. But again it depends on your time zone. For three months one of my employees was in HK while I...
  • Batchbook
    We don’t have a specific policy for how soon or how often things need to be communicated. I’d say the Golden Rule...
  • AirTreks International
    Yes, but they are different. We have regular meetings where we expect people to do their synchronous work. ...
  • StudySoup
    Twice a year we organize a team work retreat. We just returned from a week in Lake Tahoe, CA. Our retreats aren’t really “...
  • Kin HR
    Here are some tips: 1) Retreats should be easily accessible (closer to the airport) 2) Consider having the whole team living under one...
  • Bitovi
    Yes! We organize three all-company events per year. One focused on working together on specific company projects, one focused on training,...
  • Summit CPA Group
    We meet up at least once a year for a Company Retreat. It’s a “no spouse/significant other” event. The format really is...
  • Big Universe, Inc.
    Currently, we meet on an as-needed basis (e.g. once/twice per year), However, similar to Automattic (the WordPress folks), we would like to...
  • Formstack
    Yes! Every fall, we gather for our annual “All Hands” meetup with our entire team. We started doing these meetups in 2013,...
  • Doist
    We’ve experimented with OKRs and Squads but they haven’t worked or us. Ultimately, we created our own hybrid of the two systems –...
  • Eyeo GmbH
    When looking at developers the code quality is essential. We focus on output, not on working hours.
  • WAKA Kickball & Social Sports
    It’s not a perfect science; we have had situations where employees were “skating” for a month or so and we did not notice....
  • Canonical
    As with any successful recipe, there are a number of important ingredients to a successful remote working organisation.  These include:
  • Mokriya
    Communication. Culture and values. Transparency. Authenticity.
  • Wordfence
    We do mandatory Monday and Wednesday meetings with all hands. Some of the time is spent just sharing what we did...
  • Intridea/Mobomo
    Communication and understanding people’s personalities via text and email.
  • SitePen
    The hardest part about managing a remote workforce is the propensity for terse communication.  Often times, people are chatting, trying to...
  • Authentic Form & Function
    The lack of body language and in-person cues can be tricky. But that being said, it can also be a double-edged...
  • Hubstaff
    We make sure all of our employees understand our strategy and core beliefs, so we all know what we’re working...
  • Equivity
    We connect virtual assistants (VAs) with other VAs to provide training, integrate VAs in team environments, offer performance feedback, monitor workload...
  • Worldwide101
    We have a monthly newsletter called Yours Virtually and the team takes turns to write in it from their perspective, and to...
  • Origin Eight
    Everyone does BYOD, mostly because everyone has different preferences and environments that make them most effective, but we will sponsor apps at times.
  • TeamSnap
    We provide all equipment people need to do their jobs. If someone wants to use their own device, that’s fine too.
  • Crossover
    We have all of our team members use their own computers, but we provide all the apps necessary.
  • Aha!
    Aha! currently offers 15 days of paid time off to all employees each year, as well as 10 paid holidays. We also offer...
  • DVMelite
    You can take off whatever days/weeks needed and as long as you have someone covering for your clients, we are...
  • Scrapinghub
    We give everybody 20 paid vacation days per year (they generate 1.66 vacation days per month worked) and the local country holidays wherever they happen to...
  • DataStax
    That it would be harder than it actually is. In fact, the management problems are the same regardless of location.
  • LoveToKnow Corp.
    I think my biggest fears are when we lose touch with someone. Every once in a while, someone will just “disappear” – they don’t...
  • Go Fish Digital
    Our biggest fear was that if we weren’t sitting right next to employees, it would be hard to ensure they are executing at...

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