Welcome to Remote Justice

Inspiring work on behalf of social justice takes place all over the world. But if one is getting paid to do social justice work, the default setting for this inspiring work is an office.

Remote Justice is the brainchild of Provide and originated as an internal resource that we created to share the lessons we’ve learned from one another and from others working remotely for social justice. We realized that these resources could be helpful to others and decided to make what we’ve learned available through this blog, so that the information was available not only to us, but also to friends, colleagues, and anyone else who is interested.

On this page, you can find resources, articles, and books about remote work, with an eye towards supporting the worker, the manager, and the organization. Have a resource to add? Want to ask a question? Be in touch.

Read more about why we care about remote work here.

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Why Culture Always Wins (An Excerpt From The Year Without Pants)

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Several Provide staff thoroughly enjoyed Amazon.com’s Best Selling Book of 2013 The Year Without Pants by Scott Berkun. In Chapter 4, Culture Always Wins, Berkun advises managers that the best approach to strategy is to carefully examine how their employees’ work culture functions.

A great fallacy born from the failure to study culture is the assumption that you can take a practice from one culture and simply jam it into another and expect similar results. Much of what bad managers do is assume their job is simply to find new things to jam and new places to jam them into, without ever believing they need to understand how the system––the system of people known as culture––works.

Read an excerpt from Chapter 4 of The Year Without Pants here.

How Automattic Grew Into a Startup Worth 1 Billion With No Email and No Office Workers

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Q & A with WordPress creator and Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg. Of remote work culture at his company, Matt says:

Regardless of what tools you use to communicate if you give people autonomy to execute on something meaningful, and bias the environment to moving quickly, amazing things can happen.

Read the original article via Business Insider here.

Why aren’t we all working from home today?

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Research has found that remote workers are 13% more productive and take fewer sick days than their in-office colleagues, possibly due to their exemption from London’s dreadful daily commute. (The average travel time to work in the United States is 25.4 minutes).

The Guardian reports several reasons why 87% of Londoners are still commuting despite remote work’s obvious benefits.

Read the article here.

 

To Make Virtual Teams Succeed, Pick the Right Players

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Author at HBR Blog Keith Ferazzi notes that

Setting up small, high-performing virtual teams has enormous potential for companies to increase sales, penetrate new markets, improve business processes and come up with the next generation of disruptive innovations.

However, both remote and co-located teams are often thrown together without much thought. Ferazzi offers a few tips on remote team composition in this article