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How has your remote work changed over the past year?

Whether you already were working remotely before 2020, or switched remote during lockdowns, how has your remote work changed over the past year? Any new apps or habits you've found that make remote work better?

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MikeRaia's avatar
2 years ago

We use Slack in place of casual discussions and Zoom for planned meetings. We've actually reduced the number of meetings we have as people focus more on getting things done and updating project/task management tools better. We've found that most meetings were simply updates of what's going on, what issues we have, and status check-ins. Now when we meet it's usually for brainstorming or addressing BIG issues.

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@maguay (replying to @MikeRaia )
2 years ago

Nice, sounds similar to our team. Curious, how many meetings per week do you have nowadays on average versus previously?

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@MikeRaia (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Mondays I have a leadership meeting and a Marketing Team meeting. Thursdays I have a Product Team meeting. Any other meetings are ad-hoc and must be proven necessary.

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@maguay (replying to @MikeRaia )
2 years ago

Almost the same cadence we have, cool!

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patelmonika9's avatar
12 months ago

We didn't have any concerns with remote working in the pandemic because our official work chat app is Troop Messenger, and we didn't have to explore alternatives according to requirements because of its variety of features. Troop Messenger, for example, includes a screen sharing and remote access functionality, so if you're looking for a Teamviewer alternative, this one-stop solution could be the best option for you.

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bigal123's avatar
2 years ago

I've gotten a lot better at:
* Checking my email less regularly
* Blocking out days with no meetings
* Documenting processes

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@maguay (replying to @bigal123 )
2 years ago

Those all sound like great improvements.

On email, do you now schedule when to check email and turn off notifications otherwise? Or do you have any other tricks to tune out email?

On documenting processes, what tools are you using here?

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adjamian's avatar
2 years ago

"Have you added more meetings to the calendar or gone fully async?"

Can you expand a bit on what going fully async looks like? Similar to using a tool like Yac?

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@maguay (replying to @adjamian )
2 years ago

Possibly; our team is fully remote but also not fully async, as we rely on Zoom meetings and such to plan and keep work moving (as have all other remote teams I've worked on). I'd recently read about how the Gumroad team works fully asynchronously, though, and was curious if other teams have found ways to do so, and how.

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