Press "Enter" to skip to content

Posts published in “Insights”

Auto Added by WPeMatico

Here’s What Happened When My Team Worked Remotely for a Week

Think about the last time you were on a conference call with someone in a different location. Did you run into any communication challenges— technical, or otherwise? Did you find yourself trying to speak up but failing to get a word in? If there were multiple people on that call, did you find that everyone was able to participate? Remote meetings are becoming increasingly commonplace. Not everyone you work with is able to sit down in the same room with you. For many of us, most of our meetings now include remote employees or team members from across the globe. That’s the trend we started to see at HubSpot. As we expand globally, more and more of our meetings and teams are spread out across our different offices. That doesn’t just mean waking up early or staying up late to have a call with colleagues in Sydney. It means learning to work with our colleagues in a completely different (and potentially challenging) way. After talking to other companies with growing numbers of remote employees (including Zapier CEO Wade Foster), our marketing team decided to do “Remote Week.” We had three goals for Remote Week: To work more effectively as a highly distributed team, and help pave the way for more effective collaboration across geographies for HubSpot as a whole. To cultivate empathy for full-time remote workers. To improve our communication with remote workers, and be at our best when working remotely. And we had a couple of rules: Everyone on the team must be remote for the week. They could work from anywhere they wanted, but they could not be in a HubSpot office. Everyone must have an internet connection and be able to join meetings with video. No one should postpone or reschedule any meetings. They should try all different types of meetings while remote: 1:1s, team meetings, cross-functional meetings, etc. After a week, we gathered feedback from everyone who participated, and discovered some common trends that will help us more effectively manage our remote employees moving forward. Lessons From Remote Week 1. For larger meetings, you need a facilitator.…

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies. More Info | Close