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Remote Work Toolkit | Getting Started, Managing Teams, and Succeeding


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Are You Suddenly Working Remotely?

Is your organization transitioning to remote work?

Then this guide is for you.

We are a fully decentralized, distributed team. We know firsthand the challenges of working remotely.

Our goal is to give you access to insights, tips, and tools that can help you transition to remote work.

Make sure to check out the Remote Work Glossary of Terms for any verbiage that might be new to you.


Getting Started | Freelancers & Employees

How to Set Yourself Up for Remote Work Success

Now that your home office is ready to be used, here are some things youโ€™ll want to keep in mind to make sure that youโ€™re productive while working from home.
Serious word of advice, don’t underestimate the power of a shower and โ€œrealโ€ clothes.

Top 10 Home Office Designs

Itโ€™s time to set up your home office! If youโ€™re looking for some inspiration, then look no further. My personal favorite? The one in the gardenโ€ฆ though I have to be honest, Iโ€™m writing this from my living room couch as thatโ€™s about all the space I have at the moment.

Future of Work – Remote Work Jobs increase by 115%

Whether youโ€™re looking for part-time, full-time, or freelance positions, it helps to understand: 
The current state of remote work. The most in-demand remote work positions. Where to look for remote work opportunities. What tools can be useful as you start out.

Joining a Remote Team? Read These 3 Tips First

Though remote work is the future and itโ€™s growing in popularity, itโ€™s not for everyone. Seriously, working remotely doesnโ€™t come without its own set of challenges, so before you decide to accept an offer, you should check this post out.

Things to Consider When Starting a Work-from-home Business

If, rather than working for another company, youโ€™re choosing the entrepreneurship path to work from home, then there are also some things you may want to consider. As much as we wish  it were as simple as turning your laptop on and connecting to the internet, but thatโ€™s not really the case.

Why Working from Home Isn’t Working for You โ€“ [Solved]

If youโ€™ve tried all of the above and still find that youโ€™re struggling with remote work, here are some additional tips to help you adjust to your new work-from-home environment.


Strategies for Employers

In order for teams to make the transition to remote work, the employer must be fully on board with the idea. This is why weโ€™re starting our guide with articles and insights that are particularly relevant for employers.

7 Must-Have Online Tools for Remote Teams and Businesses

If you want your company to be successful while your staff works remotely, then you  need to check out these 7 tried and tested online tools that have helped and continue to help remote businesses thrive.

Tech Tips to Help Virtual Teams Stay in Synch

If thereโ€™s one thing weโ€™ve learned throughout the years of being remote is that communication is everything; itโ€™s what enables us to stay in sync with one another and feel that weโ€™re a part of something bigger. Hereโ€™s how we do it.

How to Build Company Culture with Remote Teams

One of the biggest challenges organizations transitioning to remote work face is maintaining a strong sense of company culture. Here are various strategies that organizations can implement to ensure that their company culture remains as lively and positive even when teams are working remotely.

Using Data to Strengthen and Build Remote Teams

Speaking about company culture, data can play a big role in enabling and connecting remote teams by providing valuable insights and data on how remote work relationships can be more harmonious, effective, and productive. Here are some basics you should keep in mind.

Our Dispersed Team Wasn’t Working, Until We Did This

Our team is globally scattered, from Guatemala City to Dubai, and plenty other places along the way. And we werenโ€™t always as effective, efficient, and productive as we are today. So we created a blog post dedicated to the things we did to improve our communication and productivity levels among full-time employees and freelancers.


How to Manage a Remote Team

Managers are the back and bone of successful remote teams. Theyโ€™re the ones that keep morale up, that bring everyone together, and set the tone of work relationships. If managing a team in an office setting is difficult, managing a remote team can be even more challenging at times.

42 Easy Remote Team Building Activities [INFOGRAPHIC]

One key element that can make or break a remote team is engagement. Here are 42 ideas that can boost engagement and satisfaction that can be easily done before any meeting, throughout random days of the week, or during quick one on one calls.

15 Ways to Successfully Manage Workers Remotely

We know we already shared 10 tips above, but weโ€™re always learning something new when it comes to managing remote teams. This blog deep dives into remote work management strategies that have been tried and tested by remote companies.

Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce

The title says it all, but hereโ€™s the main takeaway: if you want your remote team to be successful, then you need to put the right processes in place and these 10 tips will help you get started.

How to Tighten Up Your Remote Team’s Feedback Loop

Weโ€™ve said it before and weโ€™ll say it again, communication is key to the success of remote teams. Hereโ€™s how you can create a feedback loop for remote teams that doesnโ€™t alienate employees and ensures effective communication at all times.

Case Study | GitHub Manages Hundreds of Remote Employees, Thousands of Miles Apart

Speaking about managing remote teams, GitHub is one of the companies that has it all figured out. The companyโ€™s employees are spread out across different continents and time zones, and yet they still manage to successfully work together, separately. Hereโ€™s how theyโ€™ve done it.


Technology, Tools and Platforms that Facilitate Remote Work

Some of the resources included above mention the importance of having access to the right tools and resources to enable remote working practices. To help you get started with the right ones, we are going to share the ones that we currently use in our company that help our team stay connected, productive, and in sync at all times.

Zoom

Great for meetings of all sizes. Itโ€™s user-friendly, allows for people to turn on their video (or not), screen sharing, and a recording option in case people want to go back to the meeting or if they simply couldnโ€™t attend.

Skype

We mostly use Skype to message one another and for quick one on one calls. Skype also offers Skype for Businesses, which is very similar to what Zoom offers.

Slack

Great for communication and keeping teams in the loop. We especially love that you can create different channels for different projects and teams, or simply to have channels that encourage casual conversations vs work related ones.

Asana

Great for keeping up with what everyone is working on and to assign tasks to different team members. This is a great tool to plan workflows and keep projects on schedule.


Platforms Offering Free Access during COVID-19 Pandemic

Some technology platforms have made their products and services free for businesses and schools to facilitate work and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a list for some of them:

If you know of any  other tech platforms helping businesses power remote work during the pandemic, let us know. Weโ€™d love to include them in the list.


COVID-19 Transitioning to Remote Work

How to Successfully Transition to Remote Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak has forced many companies to implement remote work policies as governments across the world urge people to stay home and call for businesses to close their offices. 
For organizations and employees alike, making the transition to remote work with such little notice can be stressful and challenging. Below you will find some best practices for organizations that can make the transition smoother for those involved.


Conclusion

Remote work is here and quickly becoming the new normal.

We hope this guide can make your transition to remote work smoother and more enjoyable.

If you need assistance during this mass transition, donโ€™t hesitate to reach out through our live chat (lower right).



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