Once the home office is organized, remote workers can really let their creativity out! “5 Tips to Improve Your Home Office Setup” by 1stwebdesigner offers helpful ideas and beautiful photos of workspaces for inspiration! Being able to truly concentrate within the workspace you’ve created for yourself is the first step to increasing work productivity and promoting a healthy work/life balance.
How can remote organizations create culture? It takes clear intent for remote organizations, so make sure to read Zapier’s blog’s “How to Build Culture in a Remote Team” for a list of culture building steps! This is an excellent personal take on the importance of social interaction for remote teams.
“Why Remote Teams Are the Future (and How to Make Them Work)” by Help Scout highlights some of the most important aspects of creating remote teams that work smoothly. This resource covers a wide variety of topics, including advantages vs. disadvantages, statistics of successful remote companies, suggested technologies, and a smattering of basic best practices.
There have been some notable recent examples of managers ending remote contracts (Yahoo!), but many of the issues managers face can be addressed through subtle outlook shifts. Anita Bruzzese at the Fast Track offers some great advice here with “7 Mistakes Managers Make When Managing Remote Workers”.
Those of us who work from home know that we may not always prioritize tidiness. Having a clean workspace can motivate us and keep our days feeling fresh, but sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. Luckily, Virtual Vocations lists some concrete steps we can take to reduce home office clutter!
Scott Hanselman, a remote programmer, offers excellent advice for organizations that make use of on-site and remote work. It can be especially tricky to know how to communicate with remote workers those little bits of context that build up through work in a shared location, but these tips do a lot to solve that problem!
Remote managers know how to stay connected and on top of things. But do we take and encourage time for stillness? Here are some important reminders from Beth Kanter about making sure we allow time for reflection- a particularly vital component of long distance management!