Workplaceless was founded as a 100% remote company, and the primary reasons are two-fold:
As the leader in remote work training, it's critical for us to model best practices in remote work for our clients. Our distributed team members have empathy for challenges that remote workers and teams face every day.
We leverage our own operating structure as a virtual testing ground to ensure our trainings are effective for us as well as our clients.
Like many small businesses in small cities, suburban or rural areas, the talent pool in my immediate area is skilled, but also limited in number. When I started to grow beyond myself as a sole-proprietor, I knew from prior remote experience that I could access the greatest talent pool to meet the wide range of needs my business had in a startup stage.
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As with fellow distributed companies, we face challenges of communication and collaboration, but we've been able to develop processes that address these challenges for our team.
However, as our team continues to grow, some best practices that worked even last year need an evolution, and we're working on those now.
The important part for us is identifying those challenges quickly, and keeping our whole team informed and engaged along the way as we work towards solutions.
Another remote team challenge we're currently focusing on is documenting decisions and the decision-making process.
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There is no typical day. We do not follow a set routine on a daily basis. We all stay in sync on tasks and goals through the use of tools like ClickUp and through constant and consistent communication.
We onboard all of our team members through our Workplaceless training programs: a Workplaceless Remote Work Certification to all team members during the onboarding process and a Leadplaceless virtual leadership training for our remote managers. Additionally, we provide a professional development stipend to employees.
Lifelong learning is one of our fundamental values, and we are always finding new ways to live into this value internally, from skills showcases to post-conference share-outs.
Yes! We highly recommend a well-written and well-communicated remote work policy for all companies to start off on the "right remote foot" with aligned expectations at every level of employment. Our Goplaceless program is designed for leaders and change managers to identify the key elements of a remote work policy that would work best for their teams.
No change since we've always been remote—however, we are developing learning experiences for remote HR professionals that dive into the fundamental differences between remote and traditional HR practices. We recently published these competencies and are developing an HR Bootcamp to launch soon.
Trust in remote teams is essential. It's the foundation for distributed teams to function optimally. We've established rituals to start and end the week to keep remote team members engaged.
Yes. Again, it's evolving as our team grows, but we aim to facilitate face-to-face interactions, especially as our team members travel to conferences together.
Plus, we host retreats for subsections of our team during the year, and are hoping to have a full team retreat this summer!
As we started remote-first, we never made a shift from office to remote; however, we do apply metrics to our overall team and individual team member productivity.
Our team rates as highly productive when we look at both OKRs and self-reported productivity; cited reasons include the ability to manage one's own time, workflow, and work environment.
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Tammy Bjelland is the Founder and CEO of Workplaceless an elearning company that trains teams on how to work, lead, grow, and thrive remotely. With her background in higher education, publishing, edtech, elearning, and corporate training, she is committed to developing learning solutions that drive and support the future of education and the future of work.
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