Building Trust in Remote Teams

Published on July 14, 2016 By Crossover

If you're a remote manager, you've probably wondered at one point or another how you can grow trust in your team. This task can seem daunting when you only meet your teammates in person a few times a year— or never get to see them at all. Trust is an absolutely crucial element, too, of a successful team. Without trust, your communication, your workflows, your meetings, and more are held back from their full potential.

However, building a tream that trusts each other and trusts you is not as difficult as you might think. We've gathered four simple strategies that you can use to boost your team's trust starting right now. In our PDF, you'll learn how to infuse trust into onboarding, into meetings, into correspondences, and more. If you're interested in growing your team's trust, and ultimately your team's success, check out our guide below:

The 14 Fastest-Growing Remote Jobs

Published on July 13, 2016 By Crossover

Freelance Websites: Not the Best Source for Top Talent

Published on July 08, 2016 By Crossover

People choose to work remotely for all sorts of reasons. Some feel remote work allows them to achieve a better work/life balance. Others choose remote work as an environmentally-conscious decision. Still others feel that they are more productive away from the stresses of a traditional office environment.

4 Quick Tips for Staying Productive On-The-Go

Published on July 08, 2016 By Crossover

Whether you're traveling for work or just traveling for fun, it's tricky to stay productive while working on-the-go. You never know whether you'll have internet, what distractions you're going to face, or whether your devices will even stay charged as long as you need them to. Even the most seasoned productivity professionals struggle to keep things efficient while working on-the-go.

As remote workers and travel fanatics ourselves, we at Crosover know how far a little advice about working while traveling can go, so we've put together four super quick, super easy tips to help you get things done. You'll learn how to plan ahead, how to communicate quickly, how to access your files remotely, and more. If you're interested in reading more about doing your best work while on-the-go, check out our guide below:

Designing Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity

Published on July 08, 2016 By Crossover

At Crossover, we're all about working from home. No commute and no dress code— need we say more? However, it's not always easy to stay productive when distractions like family, pets, TV, laundry, and more are begging for your attention. Never fear, though, because we've put together 5 quick tips to help you tweak your home workspace for increased productivity.

We don't want to put you off from remote work— trust us, the pros definitely outweight the cons. That's why we've put together this PDF. In it, you'll learn easy ways to to separate work life from home life, how to arrange your worspace for mood boosts and reduced stress, how to stay organized, and more. If you're interested, check out our guide below and watch your productivity take flight:

Remote Management Toolkit

Published on July 05, 2016 By Crossover

If you’re a manager, you know just how hard it can be to keep you and your team on track amid a circus of other responsibilities. Remote managers face all of that with the added difficulty of managing team members from across the world, working across time zones and languages. 

 If you’re a manager, you also know how rewarding it is when you and your team nail it. That’s why we’ve collected a few of our favorite articles from the past week here in a remote management toolkit to help you and your team crush this work week.

Crossover Case Study: 6 Weeks to Soaring Productivity

Published on July 01, 2016 By Crossover

We’re not afraid to say it— being a manager isn't easy. There’s plenty of information out there on management tips and tricks too, but it can be harder than you might think to navigate the vast sea of articles to find the information that acutally helps you. You might find yourself wondering whether the tips you’ve been reading have even been tested? Which sources are reliable?

As productivity freaks, we at Crossover are always looking for new ways to do our best work, too. We’ve scoured the web for those management and productivity articles just like you. However, even with all of that searching under our belt, we believe the best methods are the tried and tested ones.

Get Organized: 5 To-Do List Apps to Keep Managers on Track

Published on June 29, 2016 By Crossover

Being a manager is hard. Keeping yourself on-task seems hard enough, let alone keeping a whole team productive. You might even think you don’t have the necessary training or experience to be a good manager (don’t worry, you’re not the only one thinking this). Besides training, you assume a whole new load of responsibility— which makes you busier than ever.

It can be hard to identify the best way to organize your time, your tasks, your team’s tasks, and the many other things you need to get done. Many of us let our email inbox serve as our to-do list and we end up wasting precious time sifting through mail and mountains of text to find out what we need to be doing next.

Answering the Motivation Question

Published on June 23, 2016 By Crossover

When you hire a programmer to work as a part of your remote team, you expect that programmer to have the proper mindset for remote work. Namely, you expect remote workers to be largely self-motivated and goal-driven.Motivating a globally diverse team can present management challenges.However, as a manager, you know that even the most driven of team members sometimes need some help with remaining motivated. This can be especially true with remote workers. Because of their physical disconnect with your company, your job as a manager is to ensure that they do not have a mental disconnect with it as well.

5 Barriers to Deep Work (And How to Overcome Them)

Published on June 23, 2016 By Crossover

Whether you're a freelance web developer or a person who manages remote web developers and other project team members, the concept of deep work can have a profound and lasting effect on your productivity, your overall sense of satisfaction, and your work/life balance.The traditional modern office is riddled with distractions of all kinds.

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