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Can Remote Teams Be Innovative?

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Argument against remote work

The argument is that while remote employees may be more personally productive, the team creativity and innovation suffer. People really need spontaneous interactions at the water cooler or break room or at happy hours to foster serendipity that drives innovation.

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Leaders who say remote teams can't be innovative fail to see the potential problem as a starting point for innovation.

Logic also would suggest that early adopters of remote work are indeed more likely to be innovative and open to new ideas and ways of working.

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  • One research-backed argument favouring co-located teams is that teams are more collaboratively efficient and solve problems faster.
  • An article covering IBM's move to shutter their remote workforce in 2017 states that business today is more like a series of emergenc...

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The kind of asynchronous communication embraced by many remote-first teams allows for more thought-out responses, fewer interruptions, and more focused work.

But when emergencies happen, remote teams need systems and protocols in place to handle them efficiently. Even here...

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Remote work opens companies up to a literal world of new talent - people from other towns, states, countries, and continents.

Research shows that groups representing a diversity of race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, bring unique information and experiences to ...

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In 2012, Google found that psychological safety was the most important to making a team succeed, not the smartest teams or the ones who socialized outside the office. Psychological safety is a shared belief that the team is safe for interpersonal risk-taking

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  • Some of the most innovative software projects are open-source, developed remotely and asynchronously, such as the Linux kernel. As of 2017, roughly 15,600 developers from all over the world had contributed to the kernel.
  • In 1962, "Freelance Programmers"

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Remote work isn't perfect and won't be a good fit for everyone. It can be lonely and feel awkward connecting with new coworkers. With an emphasis on results over time spent working, remote workers also tend to work longer hours. Remote workers can consist of diverse or uniform te...

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