I was recently interviewed by Rhode Island’s own Josh Catone for his new website Pajamas.io, where he explores the workplace changes surfacing as more companies hire remotely-distributed employees to run their business.
Most of the Batchbook team works remotely, so we’re particularly passionate about vetting both the challenges and advantages of how we work. We’ve blogged about our virtual work habits before and were delighted to share our experiences with Josh. Of course, reading about other companies’ takes on managing a distributed team is the real treat.
Some of my favorite nuggets from the articles:
- John O’Nolan from Ghost explains that, “The hardest thing by far is not being able to use any of your human senses to know if someone is in a good mood or a bad mood or stressed or tired.” I guess Spidey senses aren’t working long range, yet. John is also the one who said that the biggest advantage to a distributed team is, “the freedom to hire anyone from anywhere.” I like that.
- Wade Foster from Zapier shares a great team bonding idea when talking about their retreats, describing them as “week long visits to places like the Puget Sound in Washington, Winter Park in Colorado, Orange Beach in Alabama or the largest log cabin in the US are pretty incredible.”
- And I agree with Alex Turnbull from Groove that, “We don’t really care what hours people are sitting at their computer, as long as the output is there.” Sometime companies impose specific work hours because it’s easier to track, but results come from goals being accomplished, not just work getting done.
If you’re working with remote employees or thinking about hiring remote employees, then be sure to check out Pajamas.io and share your experiences with Josh. This is a brave new work world we’re creating and we’ll all benefit by putting our experiences out there along the way.