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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- 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.