hello! This is Meredith in NYC
Hi! Erin from Lattice in SF
Byron Williams - Localist Corp. - DC
Britt from SoulCycle in NYC
Fatma New York
Katie in Vancouver, BC!
Jenna - Hopper - Montreal
Amber, Pearl Buck Center, Eugene, OR
Greg kuchcik - San Diego, CA
Megan in Vancouver
This is Kari in Portland, OR.
Zoe from Elastic Path - Toronto
Meaghan Williams - HubSpot - Boston
Jen, VA in SLC, Utah
Hi! Sarah from Pluralsight in Utah
Lisa, NHA in Ohio
Hello! This is Julie from OXD in Vancouver
Claudia / Wizeline / México
Ali - Palo Alto, CA
Kevin from LiveBetter, in New Paltz, NY
Hi from RealSelf in Seattle, this is Emily.
Consistent and meaningful engagement
quantifying productivity in-house vs remote
Equity/inclusion between in-office and remote team members
L Brown, CT
onboarding and engagement
Engagement / feeling a part of HQ
My company is anti- platform. Management does not want to invest in slack or any such program, and yet want to create a stronger culture with our distributed workforce.
Biggest challenge: how to effectively include remote employees in team events/cultural events when on a dispersed/hybrid team
biggest challenge: curating a connection with a larger team.
Building perks that work across locations and don’t break the bank.
Culture is non-cohesive
How to get remote employees to actually want to come into work from time to time.
I’m at Thinkful and we are a remote-first company with an HQ in Brooklyn.
Current remote employee and we have 30% of our workforce in the US that is remote
Have worked remotely for 4 years and about half of our team does as well
key themes : productivity, communication, diversity and inclusion, connectiona nd community
Feeling of connection and offering similar or comparable learning and engaging opportunities for remote workers. Not feeling like they are forgotten or ignored.
We are looking at the logistics and see if it's something that can be done.
Historically, we have not been very open to being remote but we recently hired a remote CTO and his vision is to transition the majority of the team to remote
How do you increase engagement
Biggest challenge is getting our remote workers to feel like they are an equal part of the team as our office workers - also getting them to feel like they are adequately trained and supported
Thank you all for sharing!
We are sorting out key themes and we will have our speakers touch on few of them
We are a completely distributed organization in 20 different countries. What programs have you implemented that you have seen be successful? What does your onboading plan look like? Thank you!
Hi Everyone! If you’re just joining please share a bit about you (name, where you’re joining from, and what you do!) and any challenges you face around remote work
shannon Bean Scalise
Thank you! What's the name of the Chinese study on the call center that Katie shared?
What costs increase when moving an in-office worker to a remote worker?
Here is the stufy Katie spoek about: https://www.inc.com/scott-mautz/a-2-year-stanford-study-shows-astonishing-productivity-boost-of-working-from-home.html
Hello! Alexis from UCLA Career Center here. Challenge with allowing partial remote work for interns is accountability - How do I know they worked on what they said? Also, how to structure boundaries - don't want them feeling like they need to reply on Slack when not working.
You mention working from home can keep retention rates high…at our organization, any remote employees who have decided to leave have mentioned the disconnect from our HQ population…besides remembering to be inclusive, how can we be successful in retaining remote top talent?
Great question Rachel! sharing data about productivity and other companies that are fully remote and use them as a good example with your leadership team.
also if remote work comes up as a theme in employees survey, it could be a good argument to use with leadership.
shannon Bean Scalise
Thank you Fatima for sharing the link to Katie's data!
OKRs = Objectives & Key Results (I imagine we have a distributed, diverse group joining in and not everyone is familiar.)
Thank you Sarah
Can Katie repeat that?
Stellar point Katie.
Awesome point, Katie!
Hi Sonia! Katie is the VP of Engineering at Buffer
yes Sonia mostly
But Bianca, Jocelyn, and Latoya are HR leaders
Would love to hear more about the cultural fit interview
“Cope with Chaos” ! Love that quote, Katie!
Will a recording of this be available afterwards? Have to step away for a call I couldn't get out of, and don't want to miss!
Yes! A recording will be shared.
Brilliant Bianca! Strange to see re-framing this as a competitive advantage is still required in 2019—you’re spot on.
How do you onboard remote folks most successfully?
we will talk about creating connections
Hello Everyone,I’m Ranada Samuel a Recruiter that resides in South Carolina. I currently recruit in the Hospitality space, but have recruited in other industries in the past. I’ve worked remotely for the past 7yr and LOVE IT!https://www.linkedin.com/in/ranadaharrison/ Very often I have to connect with candidates via phone outside of traditional business hours, because they don’t want their current employer to know they are exploring the market.
We do our onboarding via webex. We try to bring all employess together at least twice a year to have some bonding with our total employee population.
If you have any fun team offsite ideas to share please do so! We just had a 4 day, whole company retreat out in the desert last weekend!
We used the Go Game last year and it was a nice fun experience
For us, we gave everyone the option to have the room but asked who would be willing to share if needed.
We use a bot called donut to organize virtual coffees between groups!
comm tools: slack, zoom. Githib. Donut
We use Donut at Buffer, too
That’s helpful to highlight! Not every solution works every where!
have any of you engaged any tools to help eliminate the need for a ton of meetings to help with scheduling over different time zones?
*Sharing with all attendees: We work in a 24/7 support call center with half of our Associates working remote. We do not have the option to get everyone together all at once. What are some tips to help keep these employees engaged and connected?
@Linsey: Do you have any internal social media platforms to sharing recordings and/or updates so anyone who misses can get a glimpse? Change times so everyone gets an opportunity and everyone will miss out
What’s distracting Bianca???
My dog barked :)
My dog barked
It’s okay, Bianca. I’m bored, too
not at all
Thanks Michele, glad you’re finding it valuable!
Thank you for the feedback Michele, we are happy to have you in the community
We love OWL!
Sarah, it depends on companies, I would suggest to ask the remote employees what they would liek to see and have and make the decision according to their feedback and what the company could realistically do
FYI Latoya’s video is not showing but she’s on the line
Thank you - Yes we use SLACK. Recordings is a great idea, thank you!
Great point Mark!
We have contractors on our team which can be challenging for after hour events since they are not salaried employees
Love the idea of a Halloween photo contests!
I love the Halloween idea too!!!! Amazing
Do you guys have any links to major studies that can be shared with executives? Something that can help kickoff a conversation
Great Perks Jocerlyn!! That is the way to recruit top talent!!
Can you link to that Gallup study as well, please? Thank you!
I believe this is the study that Meredith mentioned: https://news.gallup.com/businessjournal/206033/america-coming-workplace-home-alone.aspx
Remote : Office Not Required Jason Fried
Slack notification management, too :) — https://stories.buffer.com/i-turned-slack-off-for-a-week-heres-what-happened-6b6a764febc
We have minimum vacation of 15 days, too
ERGs = Employee Resource Groups
Great advice Bianca!! You're an excellent leader!!
Capital One has very active ERGs across the country. They have virtual chapters and robust online meetings and Intranet resources.
YES Budget is KEY!!
Thank you everyone for joining and contributing to the conversation today! A recording of the webinar will be sent out after the event.
shannon Bean Scalise
This was SUPER helpful, thank you! Hopping off for another meet. Have a wonderful day everyone!
Thank you for being part of the conversation!
Thank you all for being part of this webinar!
This was so helpful! Thanks, all!!
Dedeh La Foucade
Thank you so much for you r insight and knowledge.
Fantastic - thanks!
Stellar webinar. thanks!
Thanks for joining~