Teamweek and Toggl made a choice to go remote quite some time ago. Since then we have found many more reasons why it makes sense.
When you don’t have to limit yourself in recruiting, all you need to do is to find the best people possible. And not the best people in your town, country or region – the best people in the world. The only two traits that really absolutely need to be there are independence and communications skills – so your team could work together apart.
And as people are everything to Teamweek, we take our time looking around and choose wisely.
And not only while you work. Although we rely heavily on digital communication software and weekly video chats, we have learned that a team needs to see each-other face to face at least once in a half-year. That’s why we spend a great amount of money every year on flying our people in.
But you need to draw some personal lines and make sure you’re focusing on work. Not your family, your dog or anything else.
The good news is that you can do it your way. If a bed or a couch is the best place to get your work done, don’t move. But remember to have a schedule and take breaks, to stay motivated and happy.
Remote workers are reported to be the happiest people in the world. Maybe it’s because they are free in their choices, and because they really have more control over their every day, but anyone who works in the remote team knows that it’s true!
No manager in a remote team can be a micromanager. Physically. Plus, communication in remote teams runs mostly on trust and has to be honest and fast. If someone butts in just to do someone else’s job, they are dismantling the foundations of their team communication and things can only go downhill from there. No manager wants that.
What do you think? Are we on to something here or are we totally lost? Let us know in the comments.