Do you facilitate opportunities for face-to-face interactions?

Question: Do you facilitate opportunities for face-to-face interactions? Read answers from remote workers to learn.

Company Interview with Maxime, Co-founder and CTO of Digicoop

The office is always there if needed; we don't do anything special otherwise.

From making employees shareholders to letting workers take control of their roles, Maxime describes Digicoop's path to remote success.

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Company Interview with Tricia, CEO of BELAY

Definitely. We utilize Zoom frequently within our daily interactions.

“Face-time” becomes critical in a remote setting because you can account for body language and other non-verbal cues that can enhance interaction.

For 10 years, BELAY has been a 100% remote work company. CEO, Tricia, shares the tools that keep them thriving and how boundaries & expectations contribute to their success.

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Company Interview with Brad, co-founder and CEO of WebDevStudios

Once a year, we host WDS Camp. This is an all-hands in-person company retreat. We fly out the entire team to a set location for the week. This is a great opportunity to form and strengthen relationships between employees and really get to know your co-workers on a more personal level.

We spend time reviewing and revamping our internal processes, test out and demo new tools, and share knowledge.

There’s also plenty of time for fun activities like our annual WDS Olympics, Survivor team challenge, and, of course, the Web Devie awards, which are the most exclusive awards given out to team members who go above and beyond each year!

A challenging time finding talented local employees gave Brad the idea to make WebDevStudios 100% remote—hear about his strategies for creating a healthy remote work culture.

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Company Interview with Tammy, CEO of Workplaceless, and a remote work leader

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!

With Workplaceless, Tammy helps companies start off on the "right remote foot." Hear how her 100% remote team stays in sync, and how she keeps her employees engaged

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Company Interview with Jan, founder and CEO of Rainmaker Solutions

Yes, when we’re not on lockdown, our teams have the option of working on client sites or meeting at a London coworking club. We also hold a monthly Rainmaker Day that you can attend in person or remotely.

Remote work is built into Rainmaker Solutions' DNA. See the beliefs that push this company forward & check out their virtual activities that are building organizational trust.

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Company Interview with Jan Fex, CEO of DotDee Digital

As long as it is practically possible, we try to meet-up IRL monthly or bi-monthly. Most of the time, this occurs in Saigon, where we meet to greet and eat. Domestic flights in Vietnam are very inexpensive, so it is easy to gather those who live elsewhere.

A three-hour work commute motivated Jan to establish a full-on remote work arrangement for his company. What have been the benefits & challenges? See his takeaways!

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Company Interview with Sharon Koifman, CEO of DistantJob

If you mean webcam face to face, yes, absolutely, you honestly can't get to know a person without talking on WebCam. If you mean physical, not really, our employees are all over the world.

With DistantJob, Sharon has created a mistake-friendly environment where managers lead by example. See his tips for building trust and security among his remote teams.

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Company Interview with Ivan, CEO of Base B

Our teams, under normal circumstances, meet face-to-face every day, and when that’s not possible, they use video calls. For our clients, we encourage travel, and for people to spend offline time together, to get to know the professional and non-professionals sides of their team members, which is something you can only find out by socializing with your team.

Whenever our client comes to the office, we ensure there’s the chance to work with their team to meet in the office. If a physical visit isn’t possible, we encourage our clients to have regular video calls and check-ins with their teams.

Ivan's company, Base B helps companies build effective remote teams. See the tools and training practices that allow them to excel in helping their clients.

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Company Interview with Corine, co-founder of Sike Insights

Since joining Techstars, we’ve actually had several opportunities to do social distanced hangouts with the other teams in the class. Some of our founding members have to be more strict with quarantine than others, so it really depends on the situation.

Class is in session! Corine and her team have been studying how to incorporate remote work in their startup for months. Learn about the effective remote work practices she and the team are implementing in their new company.

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Company Interview with Fraser, Global Head of Marketing at AnswerConnect

We try to at every turn. Although meeting in person just isn’t possible (or advisable) right now due to the pandemic, we’ve designed a video-first culture, which means our teams are always prepared to join a video-link call.

AnswerConnect Team Call

AnswerConnect Team Call

Operating remotely, we recognise the value of simulating a real office environment. This includes the importance of communicating with body language and conveying tone of voice. When these are built into our communication, we’re better equipped to offer one another a personal level of support and understanding.

We also want to ensure the culture remains inclusive, and everyone feels that they are a valued team member. Video helps make that possible.

Friday newsletters, instant access to HR, & the use of GIFs in comms, Fraser and the AnswerConnect team could write a book on remote work best practices. Check out the process of how they make it all work.

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