Remote Work FAQs Answered (Plus Wisdom from Work-at-Home Experts)

Published on November 15, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Remote Teams, Managing Remote

News flash: remote work isn’t just a trend popular with Starbucks-frequenting freelancers and work-from-home parents. It’s an approach to work (and work-life balance) that’s increasingly becoming a viable business model for companies and a desirable benefit for employees.

In fact, Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005–2014 American Community Survey indicates that 80 to 90% of the U.S. workforce would like to work remotely at least part time.

5 Time-Tracking Tools For Managing Your Remote Engineering Team

Published on October 20, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

“Remember that Time is Money. He that can earn Ten Shillings a Day by his Labour, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that Day … has really spent or rather thrown away Five Shillings besides.”

That’s the origin of the famous quote, “Time is money,” having first appeared in Benjamin Franklin’s “Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One.” And it’s an adage that still holds true today—especially for remote team managers.

When you’re in charge of a team that’s spread across locations—and often across the world—it’s crucial to have tools and technologies in place that can keep everyone connected and working towards a common goal.

Still, time-tracking isn’t as much about keeping tabs on employees as it is about driving productivity and delivering key metrics. After all, if you’ve taken the measures to hire and train all-star developers, you won’t have to worry about slapping anyone on the wrist. You just need to make sure they have the resources they need to do their job...

5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders

Published on October 13, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

 

What's one thing many top business leaders have in common? They read. A lot.

From Warren Buffett (who devotes about 80% of his day to reading) to Bill Gates (who reads about 50 books per year, or one per week), reading—or more specifically, learning through reading—is a priority for professional development and success.

When asked about the key to his success, Buffet pointed to a stack of books and gave this advice: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

For those who want to succeed, learning never stops. So in the interest of topping up your knowledge quotient, we’ve curated a list of five must-read business books for remote teams and leaders.

Metrics & the Remote Manager

Published on May 30, 2016 By Crossover
Managing Remote

Metrics can go a long way to inform and liberate your remote workplace when used with intelligence and care. Armed with sophisticated analytics, a manager can lead a team to increased productivity, personal satisfaction and save time and money. Metrics are also deep in the process of changing a traditional manager’s role, as performance reviews are left in the objective hands of intelligent machines rather than human subjectivity.So how do you start with managing your teams through metrics?  The answer is simple. Set up a backend means to capture data. Start creating an environment of transparency in your workplace. Got that in place already? Great. Now get smart about how you use your data.Need some tips on how to get a dashboard in place? Ask us how we can help.

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