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20 Habits of Healthy and Productive Remote Teams

 

Successful remote teams understand the need to develop the fundamental skills necessary to function efficiently and effectively in a distributed environment, but they also iterate on best practices that work for their particular organization. We reached out to fully remote teams and companies to ask “what are some habits or rituals your team uses to stay healthy or productive?”

Here are some habits they shared that we can all learn from.

 

“Schedule flexibility is key to health and happiness, and GitLab is consistent about prioritizing time away from work. Every Friday is a meeting-reduced Focus Friday; About once per month, the entire company shuts down for Friends and Family Day. 

In 2021, we piloted an experiment in Async Weeks: every sixth week, my team clears all non-critical meetings from our calendars to create space for deep work and innovation. It’s a breath of fresh air to have a wide-open calendar and all the time you need to...

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4 Reasons to Provide Global Healthcare for Remote Teams

By Barbara Jovanovic, the Head of Content at SafetyWing.
SafetyWing (YC W18) is here to remove the role of geographical borders as a barrier to equal opportunities and freedom for everyone, by creating a global social safety net for remote workers and nomads worldwide. It’s your home country on the internet. 

We're grateful to SafetyWing for sharing their expertise. Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.


 

SafetyWing has been a fully remote company from day one. We strongly believe that remote work is the future of work. We also believe that all problems are solvable. Once the pandemic hit, we wanted to make sure we were solving as many problems as possible for the remote community. We did that by offering resources and advice to other companies that were forced to suddenly go remote. The number of teams and leaders that managed to maintain a healthy company culture and motivate...

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Setting Boundaries for Remote-Friendly Teams

Estimated reading time: 5 minutes, 40 seconds

 

Boundaries are important. They’re important to maintain a healthy work-life balance, and they're important to maintaining healthy relationships. In a professional setting, where you may not have control over some decisions and priorities, it can be challenging to define, set, and enforce your boundaries. For remote and hybrid teams, a culture centered on trust is crucial for getting work done and for supporting one another by expressing and respecting boundaries. Establishing and maintaining this culture is a critical responsibility of remote team leadership. 

In this article, we walk you through how to set daily, goal-oriented boundaries for yourself, but also how leaders can ensure boundaries are used effectively for remote and hybrid teams.

 

Setting Individual Remote Work Boundaries

To start setting effective boundaries for yourself, complete the following steps:

  • Identify Areas of Your Life and Days that...
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Top 3 Benefits of Providing a Workspace for Your Remote Workers

By Mark Gregory, Content Marketing Manager for GroWrk. GroWrk delivers, upgrades and services home offices for your teams anytime, anywhere.

We're grateful to GroWrk for sharing their expertise. Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

 

The world’s work setting has changed. Eighty-eight percent of companies mandated or encouraged their employees to work from home when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic. With more than 52% of people reporting working from home now at least one day a week, there are officially more people working remotely (at least some of the time) than those who don’t at all. 

As companies transform their processes to accommodate remote work, they must also adapt the benefits they offer to their remote employees. Perks like healthcare, wellness packages, and retirement plans are subject to change as companies hire more people from different geographic...

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Remote Worker Burnout: Is It You or the Company Culture?

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

 

Even though the sun is setting earlier in the Northern Hemisphere, the remote work days are getting longer—48 minutes longer according to research that explores teams impacted by COVID. We’re all feeling the impact—69% of employees are specifically reporting symptoms of burnout. As winter approaches, remote leaders need to prepare for increases in feelings of isolation and fatigue among team members. It’s time to be more conscious than ever about putting safeguards in place to protect employees from overwork and burnout.

With such a weighty topic, we called on Cait Donovan, a burnout expert and acupuncturist, to lead our October Networkplaceless event and share strategies for preventing and managing burnout. She maintained a positive atmosphere and created an open space for conversation, guiding the group through the key reasons why remote workers experience burnout. 

 

Symptoms of burnout

From her years...

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Supporting Psychological Safety and Culture in the Midst of Emergency Remote Work

By Candace Giesbrecht, BSW, CPHR, Strategic HR Consultant.

 

We're grateful to Candace for sharing her expertise. Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

 

It’s noisy out there, isn’t it? Alerts, bulletins, updates, and so much information. At the risk of adding to the clutter, the thing I most want you to hear is—you’ve got this. 

 

As a leader, being thrust into emergency remote work is more than disruptive. The changes in workspaces, tools, and workflows would be difficult enough. We’re additionally concerned about the effects of isolation, triggers related to pre-existing mental health struggles, kids also at home with schools shut down, wondering if our vulnerable family members will have access to the support they need when they need it, and all the varied considerations that each individual employee is encountering. We do not yet know how the...

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Workplaceless and Cantilever Host the First Remote 5K

Over the summer we talked with our community during our monthly Networkplaceless virtual networking events about health and wellness in remote work — staying physically as well as mentally healthy and connected with remote peers. During these discussions Cantilever came to us with the idea of creating a fun Remote 5K event, and we were on-board to bring it to life. 

Leading up to the event, our training hearts couldn't resist following along with a 5K training plan. Competitors shared remote training photos and inspiration along the way until race day officially arrived on October 11th.

During the live event we welcomed 25+ racers from across eight different time zones. Plus, more racers joined on their own schedule and shared photos with us via social channels. The live 5K race started with participants hopping into a Zoom meeting from wherever they are remotely located in race gear and ready to start. We opened with a couple remarks from Jacqueline Zeller, CMO...

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Keeping Your Remote Company Compliant While Keeping Your Remote Employees Happy

Disclaimer: The information contained within this article is not a substitute for legal or medical advice from a licensed professional who is aware of the facts and circumstances of your individual situation.

Throughout the past two months, we’ve laid out the health and safety concerns of the remote workforce and some ways to address them. If you’re part of a remote leadership team (HR, CXO, etc), these are the things keeping you up at night. As remote work becomes more mainstream, companies need to get policies in place to keep off-site employees safe. 

Most companies have been kicking this can down the proverbial road, retrofitting policies whenever possible and favoring individual solutions over company-wide standards. The risk with this practice is two-fold: potential legal and/or compliance issues, and missed opportunities for attracting and retaining new talent. Either way, the cost is too great to ignore. 

So when it comes to creating safe and...

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Remote Worker Wellness: Making Time for Food, Fitness, and a Chore (Not More)

By Scott Dawson, Author of The Art of Working Remotely

We're grateful to Scott for sharing his experience especially as we've spent the past two months connecting with our remote community about health and wellness challenges alongside solutions. Scott is passionate about remote communities; he runs the weekly #remotechat on Twitter and is a regular attendee at our Networkplaceless events. Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

 

If you’ve worked in a traditional office, you may have felt the urge to stay at your desk to appear as productive as possible. Think about the reasons that you’d get up from that position of productivity: to get a drink, grab some food, head to a meeting, stretch your legs, or go to the bathroom.

When you’re working outside the confines of a traditional office, you might feel the same pull to appear as productive as possible. But really,...

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Steps to Ensure 'Flexible' Work Maintains a Healthy Balance

First of all, we feel deeply enriched by this remote work community that continues to inspire and challenge us to be better every day. We are grateful for your input!

 

Last week we came together to specifically network and discuss health, safety and wellness solutions for remote workers and teams. We focused in on the top four categories of challenges discussed during our June Networkplaceless, but of course our conversations delved much deeper into the why, how and what next. With a high percentage of remote leaders joining us last week, we heard some management perspective as to the role leaders and companies play in implementing solutions. 

 

Here are a few specific solutions that rose to the top during our voting:

 

  • Set aside time for high quality breaks tailored to you, not just to check a box
  • Ensure your leadership team models taking deliberate and regular breaks
  • Establish non-work team calls/check-ins to encourage interpersonal connection

 

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