People around the world will experience remote working in the upcoming weeks.
I worry that companies won't approach remote work the right way and give it a bad rap. Remote working is a different life philosophy. It sounds corny, but it is—and you need to go all in. If your team doesn't embrace that, it will fail to transition. Even the best say so:
And here is a simple parallel for you if you're used to the physical office world. Imagine your office without the informal chats, group lunches, and spontaneous conversations. Sounds dull, doesn't it?
Below are tips to avoid your team spirit, creativity and motivation collapsing when you're not face-to-face.
Remote is not a new thing
Many articles explain how the coronavirus could make remote work the next big thing.
This makes me uncomfortable. First, it seems like an odd reason to promote remote work. It has already been a better way to work for years. Second, I know first-hand that going remote isn't as easy as picking a tool off the shelf.
Historically remote companies (Basecamp, Doist, Buffer, Zapier, Gitlab, Slite, to name a few) have been sharing great tips over the years. I suggest you check them out:
My main fear: teams saying "we've installed Zoom and Slack so we're good to go". You're definitely not. And you'll end up hating this way of working if that's all you do. Let's tear down some big misconceptions:
Zoom, Slack or even Slite alone won't make your team remote. Processes and culture will.
Remote is not one work-from-home day per week.
Remote is not lonely.
Embrace the keys to remote
We've summarized the 5 factors that enable remote work in an article a few months ago:
Grant trust by default
Make all information transparent
Use a good async communication tool
Slite's mission is not just to make async communication easier. It helps your team embrace friendlier and more thoughtful ways of working.
Slite will reduce the number of meetings and other daily interruptions. We encourage teams to work asynchronous and develop a strong writing culture. These are all ingredients for successful remote work.
And the best part is, the benefits of being more intentional about your communication will continue if and when you return to the office.
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Christophe Pasquier is Slite’s co-founder and CEO. He founded 2 companies before, Staffit (an app to assess developers) and Cabine (a clothing-delivery service in Paris). Chris’ goal is to help teams get their asynchronous communication and knowledge under control. He currently lives in Berlin with his wife and baby Noé. Find him @Christophpas on Twitter!
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