Supporting Remote Work on an Organizational Level

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Third in the Provide in Profile series, Executive Director Melanie Zurek shares some insights about remote work and the intentionality of communication that it requires. Our experiences at Provide have shown us that remote work is unlikely to be successful if that intentionality, as well as those moments of reflection, are not supported from the top down. Check out this interview with Melanie to learn more about how we implement this behavior into our daily work!

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Three Aspects of Successful Remote Work

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When we talk about a work/life balance, often we’re talking about separation. But as many remote workers know, separation isn’t always possible or desirable. In fact, successful remote organizations are characterized by rich culture, and excelling in this aspect can mean getting to know each other outside the office. If you hope to lead your organization from collocated to remote work, check out the practical examples in this Harvard Business Review resource on culture, communication, and coordination!

The Discipline Needed for Remote Work

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Getting to know our colleagues not only informs how we do our jobs, but helps us develop deeper connections to our work. One of the things we at Provide have learned through our reliance on remote work is that socialization has to be deliberate. We can’t just assume that we will learn about each other or build a supportive organizational culture naturally. Interview can be an important tool.

Here’s the second interview in the Provide in Profile series: Wyndi Anderson, Provide‘s Senior Director of Programs, talks about the challenges of remote work, the discipline required, and what she does to help her maintain that discipline! She offers some helpful ideas for workers wondering about pace and reflection.