Working Remotely

140 companies answer 6 questions

Working remotely comes with unique day-to-day challenges. From the initial step of implementing remote policy to nurturing company culture while operating remotely, we ask leading remote companies to share how they approach running their distributed teams from an operational level.

How did you implement a remote work policy?

Doist

The idea of building a remote company wasn’t something we explicitly discussed at the start – it simply grew out of necessity. One of the…

Summit CPA Group

We had a team member move to another state and we used her as our Beta. Originally, only a few wanted to work remotely –…

Teleport

I would say remote work for us is more about the culture (the values and norms), rather than the process. Even though I know that…

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Can a remote-friendly company have a healthy culture?

Big Universe, Inc.

Yes. While our employees work in different states and alone from home, no one feels like they are working alone because they see each other…

Seeq

A remote company can absolutely have a healthy company culture. It’s important to keep the conversation about culture active. We try to broach the topic…

LoveToKnow

Yes! It is a different kind of culture, but you can definitely have one. In a lot of ways, you eliminate some of the annoyances…

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How do you nurture your company’s culture in a remote work environment?

Canonical

There are a number of events and all staff communications that strengthen relationships and ensure we have an engaged, high performing organisations.  At any point…

FlexJobs

With great attention and intention! The little things really make a difference, such as acknowledging birthdays and work anniversaries on our company-wide Slack channels, or…

WooThemes

We focus on the pillars of our culture: Fun, Action, Communication, Transparency, Trust (FACTT). Fun – Meetups, video chats just to make each other laugh.…

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What advice would you give to a team considering to go remote?

CloudPeeps

Start by working on your company culture and having a good look at your founding or executive team’s values. It’s harder to build a remote…

Jackson River

Success as a virtual organization or company that allows remote work really is about supporting each employee’s career, no matter what stage they are in.…

Inspired HR

If you are thinking of adopting a remote workforce I would advise you to first do your research – see if a remote work environment…

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What challenges have you encountered building a remote team?

Boldly

Getting everyone on the same page! Since we don’t “see” each other on a consistent basis every day, we have to constantly be thinking about…

Codebusters, Inc.

Not being able to fully rely on people holding themselves responsible for their work goals and deadlines. Micro-management is always a pending threat with new…

Bright!Tax

The challenges in terms of managing a remote team relate to communication. So long as you can find ways to keep communication channels open, both…

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What are the most effective tools for remote team communication?

GitHub, Inc.

This depends on the team, since each team within GitHub decides how they want to organise and coordinate their communication. Most of our communication is…

Crossover

We have different levels of communication. For anything that needs to be written at length, we use standard email or we ping each other on…

AirTreks

I think using tools in a smart way has helped our company a lot. For teams working asynchronously, Trello for project management and Slack for…

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What has changed about how your remote team operates?

Packlane

We have much more discipline and structure in place for managing various processes. 

iTutorGroup

As the Internet has changed, we have opened more and more channels for communication with our teachers and between teachers. As we expand globally, our…

Qkids

We are always adapting to new technologies, as they help us better communicate with our teachers. For example, our hiring process has been gradually optimized…

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How does your team address different time zone challenges?

OnTheGo Systems

Everyone adds their working hours to company calendar, then each team leader knows very well when everyone is on working time. This allows us to…

Ultimate Software

Everyone is respectful of everyone else’s time and situation. However, if there is an important meeting scheduled at a normal time in EST, but very…

komoot

Currently, we hire only within the UTC-1 to UTC+3 time zones. Our core working time is between 10am-3pm (Berlin time) and during this time everyone…

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