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Plan a Yearly Company Retreat

Plan a Yearly Company Retreat

Getting together with your remote team in person is a great way to form stronger connections and give employees something to look forward to all year.

A team retreat will allow all of your remote workers to get together and share ideas, work on projects together, and set company goals. Be sure to leave enough time for fun non-work related activities and for people to hang out.

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Including remote workers in fun company traditions will create stronger bonds and preserve your company culture intact. Good examples are:

  • celebrate birthdays by posting "happy birthday" messages on Slack so other employees can send do it too.
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Face-to-face interaction is an effective way to make your remote workers feel more connected. Holding regular video meetings will allow remote workers to get that face time they're missing and form bonds with their co-workers.

To build even stronger connections during your weekly video meet...

To make your remote workers really feel connected, use instantaneous messaging tools that organize conversations into customizable channels. You should also create channels that allow your remote workers to chat about topics unrelated to work so they can benefit from the social aspects

Remote workers save money by avoiding the expenses that come with a traditional office and can choose the best people for their team regardless of their location. They get to enjoy more flexibility, get rid of daily commutes, and spend more time at home with their families.

Recognizing the accomplishments and improvements of your employees will make them feel proud and like an important part of the team. Praise makes your team feel more connected, and studies show that it can increase productivity.

You can do this by sending a message of praise when a r...

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... that's capable of executing in a remote setup:

  • Hire doers: they will get stuff done even if they are working from a secluded island.
  • Hire people you can trust. And trust the people you hire;
  • Hire people who cand write: communication is one of th...

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The challenges of hybrid teams

Most companies embracing remote work also have dedicated headquarters. But remote-ish teams have even more communication and collaboration challenges than fully remote teams.

For example, in hybrid teams, remote employees are often left in the dark. Office workers are...

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There are mainly two ways to communicate within a company: synchronous and asynchronous communication. While the second type has always been widely practiced, as face-to-face meetings or any other in-person communication, the second type is just slowly being discovered. 

In fact, asynchr...

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