Is adapting remote work culture better?

For those of you that have made changes to help your teams with the feelings of burnout and better adapting to remote work, what’s worked the best? What would you recommend?

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Ultimately it comes down to doing more in less time. Trying to cut down on meetings and use more async methods. Streamlining decision making processes. Ensuring people have focus time (by cutting down on meetings where possible). Encouraging 1-1s to be done while walking outside.

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+1 to anything @samanthayuan wrote. I am also a big fan of encouraging your team to turn off Slack after a certain time (it helps!).
I have also heard great things about mello. Haven’t used it yet but I know people who are using it are happy with the results.

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  • Cut down meetings
  • Add more social meetings; in our weekly team meeting, we added things like https://gatheround.com/ and “thank you” sessions and the like
  • More 1:1s, don’t let them be status meetings
  • Give people more time off — we gave two additional weeks of vacation (around July 4th and X’mas) for the whole company
  • No meeting Fridays (and really push hard on it); people can check out easier for the weekend
  • Don’t require cameras on for meetings
  • More async communication / written + shared documents
  • Explicit appreciation; find ways to celebrate that aren’t ad hoc
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I think many companies moved to remote work without adopting the best practices of remote work. Here’s what I did that worked according to employee feedback and our numbers:

  • Cutting down meetings.
  • Using Slack’s huddle feature for 2-5min talks instead of scheduled meetings.
  • No meeting days on Wednesdays and Fridays.
  • Taking personal and professional development more seriously (comprehensive development plans, etc).
  • Social events online (we play among us, for example).
  • Surprising people with paid days off.

I hope this helps. Good luck

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