January 24, 2023

239: Optimize Your Team for Remote Work with Kapil Kale

Developing a remote work culture is a crucial step for businesses to take in today’s workplace landscape. However, developing a remote work culture requires different skills and practices than an in-person culture. The majority of people working remotely report struggling to maintain their work friendships and feeling distant from their work. It’s up to managers to cultivate a remote culture that is inclusive and engaging—despite the distance.

Today’s guest is Kapil Kale. Kapil is the co-founder and COO of Tremendous. Kapil previously co-founded GiftRocket, an online gift card company that went through Y Combinator and became profitable. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Associate Consultant at Bain & Company and also worked as a Portfolio Team member at Insight Venture Partners.

Kapil and I talk about building a remote-first culture. We get into ways to build trust, foster deep relationships, manage accountability, and so much more.

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Read the related blog article: Strengthen Your Team’s Capability for Remote Work


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Key Takeaways:

  • Explain to your team the reasons why you’re choosing a remote work setup.
  • Think through the skillsets your team members need for remote workers including good written communication and self management.
  • With remote work, we lose the opportunity to organically build casual relationships, like those ‘watercooler’ conversations.
  • Supercharge work relationships by engineering offsite events. Make sure these retreats focus only on having fun and not anything work-related.
  • Encourage teammates who struggle with remote work to spend part of their time in a shared office setting.
  • Those who haven’t developed the skills needed to effectively complete a task or responsibility, such as those new to a role, might benefit from being in person early on.
  • Find creative ways to celebrate and recognize employees, whether through in person events or virtual channels.



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