How to Build Work Culture for Remote Teams

Remote teams might seem isolated and lonely, but our teams are closely knit and anything but alone. Here’s how we create company culture at our remote software company.

Source: How to Build Work Culture for Remote Teams

I found this article interesting, because in so many ways, I think it exemplifies the kind of remote work environment most of us wish we had–and should have.  The oft-heard criticism about remote working is that if you aren’t there, people forget about you. Sometimes, that’s a good thing, and sometimes, it isn’t.  It’s a good thing when you want to have no disruptions, work head-down, and get the work done.  It’s not so great when you need some of the social aspects, such as sharing frustrations openly about a project with another person, or having a brainstorming session.  As a remote worker, you often feel forgotten about if you aren’t part of an already remote situation, like what’s described in this article. The article describes how it SHOULD be–and I read it like it was a fantasy, even if it’s the reality of the Skillcrush workers.  That’s the kind of environment that I want to work in as a remote worker. I want to be able to work from home and still feel connected with my co-workers when I do have to collaborate with them. I don’t want to be left out of either events or even just department decisions, especially if they affect me directly. And this applies even if you are the remote worker, and everyone else is at “the office”.  Remote workers often get the short end of the stick in this regard. Yes, we like the flexibility and privacy of working from home, but we aren’t hermits (or at least most of us aren’t).

Skillcrush–if you can use a technical communicator, contact me. I would love to be part of your corporate culture.

What do you think of this article? Is this a good benchmark for remote work culture, or is there something better? Include your comments below.

–TechCommGeekMom

About TechCommGeekMom

Danielle M. Villegas is a technical communicator who has recently started her own technical communications consultancy, Dair Communications. She has worked at the International Refugee Committee, MetLife, Novo Nordisk, and BASF North America, with a background in content strategy, web content management, social media, project management, e-learning, and client services. Danielle is best known in the technical communications world for her blog, TechCommGeekMom.com, which has continued to flourish since it was launched during her graduate studies at NJIT in 2012. She has presented webinars and seminars for Adobe, the Society for Technical Communication (STC), the IEEE ProComm, TCUK (ISTC) and at Drexel University’s eLearning Conference. She has written articles for the STC Intercom, STC Notebook, the Content Rules blog, and The Content Wrangler as well. You can learn more about Danielle on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/daniellemvillegas, on Twitter @techcommgeekmom, or through her blog.
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