What can organizations that are thrust into remote work learn from those that have been doing it for a long time?
As Will Warren, engineering manager for Trello SRE at Atlassian, presented at a recent DisruptHR talk, managing remote teams can be a challenge. He has some simple rules organizations can follow to make the most of their suddenly remote workforce.
- Ensure employees have dedicated space at their home. A door that closes helps.
- Employees need proper tools. A computer that works well and a desk that works is important.
- Time overlap is important. Across different timezones, Warren recommends you have four hours where everyone is online.
- Getting together in real life. Especially once the COVID-19 pandemic is over and if your organization decides to keep working remotely.
- Overcommunicate. Tone is hard to get right in writing so rely on video or phone calls.
- Assume everyone is remote. Even if you have some teams working in-person, make sure everyone is on an even playing field.
- Trust in your people. Your people will be doing their best work without direct, in-person supervision.
Watch the entire five minute DisruptHR talk to learn more.
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