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    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.

  • Worldwide101
    Communication in a virtual environment is absolutely key to building trust. And so for this reason we expect our team to respond to emails,...
  • DataStax
    We’ve never had to set policies around communication as our employees are very self-motivated and if anything need to log...
  • Simple [A]
    We have general guidelines for communication and signaling within our distributed team, but we anchor a lot of communication around daily...
  • Jungle Scout
    Yes we sure do! Jungle Camps twice yearly. It is a great way to meet, work, and grow together. It is...
  • Inpsyde GmbH
    At our team meetings, we do organize loads of stuff, which are fun and supports team building. Most of the time...
  • Blossom
    We currently don’t, but I hear they are awesome 🙂
  • SimpleTexting
    Not yet. Skype and Google hangouts are what we use.
  • SitePen
    We are proponents of team projects so no one person is out there working on their own.  With onsite Customer engagements,...
  • Jackson River
    We only do one formal meeting each year, a 4-day annual retreat that tackles some operations-level work, but is mostly for play and social...
  • 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...
  • Trello
    We don’t- the culture around productivity is the same for both office and remote- get things done.
  • Toggl
    At Toggl, we have a result oriented culture and everyone’s productivity is measured by their results. We have small teams working together: back...
  • Teleport
    We have a disproportionate share of employees who have been founders and entrepreneurs themselves in the past. This is the kind...
  • Dell
    Communication is key. Keep the lines of communication open at all times, whether through regular meetings or just a quick check-in...
  • CloudPeeps
    We place a strong emphasis on transparency, authenticity and being direct. We do monthly one-on-one feedback sessions, which we call “pair...
  • 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...
  • Summit CPA Group
    It is not for everyone.  You have to be able to hire effectively and be quick to realize that if it is not a...
  • Remote Year
    One of the challenges in managing a remote workforce is employee engagement. To be successful at Remote Year, employees need to...
  • Five Q
    Our leaders are continual learners in what good leadership truly is. Ultimately, we keep ourselves moored in our mission, the continual development of a...
  • ezhome
    We do this in lots of ways that aren’t too different than if we were all in the same office....
  • Trade Conductor
    Well, by giving them a lot of responsibility. They need to feel needed and wanted.
  • WooThemes
    Computers, monitors, peripherals, desks, chairs are provided by Automattic.
  • 10up Inc.
    We offer employees a notable equipment stipend to be used for purchasing company assets when they start ($2,000 for technical production like designers and engineers, $1,500...
  • Crossover
    We have all of our team members use their own computers, but we provide all the apps necessary.
  • Incsub
    We ask that everyone let their team members know about any planned time off with as much advance notice as possible. There’s not...
  • 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...
  • Parse.ly
    We offer time-off to our employees with 24-hour notice. We’re an incredibly collaborative and connected team, so this is important...
  • Hanno
    When we started out, especially when we had to grow and hire new people, my biggest fear was that they...
  • Formstack
    My biggest fear is that one day I’ll wake up and simply be too frustrated that I don’t get...
  • 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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