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How 10 Global Companies Are Approaching Remote Teamwork

By Rani Shah | Published on May 29, 2020 | 7 min read
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The switch to remote work can feel isolating and surfaces a ton of questions such as: How do people actually enjoy this? Why do I feel like my team’s communication is off? Where is that document located again? 

First off, these are valid and normal questions. Unexpectedly switching to a remote work setup with your company is tough and is likely to take a toll on morale and productivity. 

That being said, remote work when done properly is linked to higher amounts of productivity and overall job satisfaction. But how do other companies organizations do it?

We started our very own #EmbraceRemoteChat on Twitter to ask exactly these questions to various companies and leaders of all types. 

Gather round to learn their (tweeted) wisdom.

Over-communication > Under-communication

Image: Communication is key in a workplace, what is your favorite piece of advice regarding comm plus the remote workplace?

Our first question to various companies was, “Communication is key in any workplace. What is your favorite piece of advice regarding communication + the remote workplace?

One major piece of advice emerged which we cannot agree more with: Over-communicating in a remote environment is key to ensure that messages are not only received but understood.

A common misconception about over-communicating is how it needs to be repetitive, rather, it’s about being clear and intentional at every chance.

Choose Your Toolbox Wisely

what tools/features are your teams thriving on?

Over here at Trello, it’s no secret that we’re all using Trello (and many Power-Ups) every day for work. But ask any productive team and they’ll tell you the secret sauce to productivity is using not only the right tools but the right combination of tools.

To no surprise, messaging apps, project management tools, and video services are the favorites of many large organizations. 

We asked, “Using the best tools while your team is distributed should be a priority, what tools/features are your teams thriving on?”

Close Connections At A Distance

how are you fostering a sense of community among your team members while everyone is working remotely?

A common (and valid) gripe of suddenly working remotely is how the sense of community among your team can be difficult to foster. 

When asked, “How are you fostering a sense of community among your team members while everyone is working remotely?”, an overwhelming response included the concept of bringing in aspects of your everyday life to work. 

Whether it involves your families, hobbies, or simply doing an activity together, being one as an in-person or remote team takes a concerted effort—no matter the organization. 

Pros & Cons Of Remote Work

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Before WFH became a worldwide norm, the trope of sweatpants (or no pants) was what branded all those teams who worked from home. While this may have some truth to it, many workers are discovering that the real deal benefits of working from home occur in the mornings—getting some extra sleep and having more time because we’re saying bye-bye to our commutes. 

In addition to walking 30 seconds to your desk at home, the feelings of having more autonomy over your time and getting rid of typical office distractions have also been observed by teams and organizations all over the globe.

That being said, the negatives of remote work are important to point out as well. For starters, the circumstances under which you are working remotely are very important! Nothing is ever easy when our environment itself feels uncertain. 

Secondly, maintaining a work-life balance can feel tougher. With screen fatigue and blurred lines between when work is truly over. Telling yourself that you won’t “just check one more email” is important—a closed computer is a closed work day. 

 


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Ask Early, And Often

research shows remote workers are more productive, what skills do your teams employ to stay productive while working remotely?

Turns out, discovering what makes your team most productive and healthy while working remotely is as simple as...asking.

With responses ranging from using the pomodoro technique to exercising to genuinely giving employees autonomy—the habits and routines you can employ are as varied and diverse as successful remote teams themselves.

Give A Virtual *Group Hug*

what have been the top lessons from your teams working remotely these last few days/weeks

Last, but certainly not least, our shared experiences from working remotely are reassuringly similar. The main takeaway: it’s OK to not feel normal while the world is not normal. 

Leading with empathy is always a great call, however, when we’re apart it is truly the key to all of our teams’ well-being. 

#EmbraceRemoteChat

Here, there, anywhere, our chats about all things remote work live on our Twitter feed on @Trello. Whether you’re a team of 5, 50, or 500, working from home presents similar benefits and challenges. 

Join the conversation and let us know how your team is working, no pants required. 


Good or bad, we'd love to hear your thoughts. Find us on Twitter (@trello)!

Next: The Ultimate Guide To Remote Team Bonding

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