It took us 5 years to come to the point where it make almost no difference for the team where should the job being done – home office or the company one. World is changing extremely fast and it is important to be capable to adapt to different conditions especially nowadays when to work from home is not a choice but an actual necessity.
We are aware that comfortable home atmosphere with the cat (or dog) on your knees and annoying neighbours can not be compared to a proper office with its nice workflow and other benefits but at the same time we believe that you can advantage much more that it looks like the beginning. So let us guide you to a work from home advices that we choose and decide will help you to organize your job.
1. Slack saves our lives and help to socialize. Birthdays, project launches, important news –we try to be as transparent as possible. As well, we create our Slack status system to show what kind of activity we are in at the moment (AFK, Lunch, Call, Meeting etc.) so you can easily understand what is going on around.
2. Nobody can’t feel alone! Each team (we have 5 teams right now) set up weekly calls where they discuss issues, troubles. We did it before as well, but it is better to keep this or maybe even improve with some occasionally calls or blitz chats or whatever it takes to make the job well.
3. We try not to focus on BAD news and do not share them inside team. Weare all absolutely aware of reality, but life goes on and work need to be delivered and done.
4. Devil in details: we decide to describe all issues, items, bugs as detailed as possible. When you are in office –you can easily catch up or ask your teammate for a fast screen look but when you are at home – it works different. Pay more attention and be patient!
«Communication is the key, so even in a remote mode we do our best to communicate effectively.» – says Anna S., Communication Lead Manager.
5. In the end we want to share this book “Remote: Office Not Required” by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH), the co-founders of the software company Basecamp. The book shows employers and employees how teams can (and should) work together from anywhere in the world, and how both groups are restricting their options if they’re not embracing the remote future of work.