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Politics in Freelance Teams

Politics in Freelance Teams

 

One of the most despised thing in a co-located office is the politics which doesn’t seem to cease. People turn to remote work for various reasons, one of them being fewer politics and more focus on the work, but does this really hold true? Is freelance team completely free of politics and bias as compared to the in-house team? freelancers are humans, after all, they are driven by their own passion, goal, ego and more of a mix of all the negatives and positives.

In this whole charade of politics, what the employees don’t understand is that they are disrupting the amazing culture which has been inculcated over the years through tremendous hard work and fun activities. Such a blow to the company culture not only affects the management but also affects the profitability of the company. Now we usually think that politics only happen when the employees are co-located, being physically distant might be the trick to avoid it, but let’s see how remote teams feed the fire that can give rise to this devastating phenomenon.

 

1. Cross-Cultural Differences:

 

When I was interviewing CXOs and developers for our #MakeRemoteWork survey report, I met a developer in the US. She had tremendous experience of working remotely and had been through this roller coaster before.

 

Cultural-Differences

 

She told me that one of the reasons why it happens is that a team has members from different culture and background, so people sharing similar values get along really well, while those who don’t, feel a bit ostracized. There is still a bias towards, race, religion, country and what not.

These are the things that can break an extremely strong team, what employees need to realize is that they are here to work in synergy and harmony not to judge a person on personal traits and discriminate.

 

2. Less socialization:

 

Slack is the virtual office for all the remote workers. You see less of their faces and more of their text messages. Remote workers are generally so involved in their work that they barely talk about their personal lives on the communication channels and talk more about work.

Less-socialization

 

In this process, nobody gets to know what the person on the other side is like. We tend to form a perception about that person based on his work and not for the person he is. This is usually one of the reasons that remote employees feel less engaged in activities other than work, which leads to a difference of opinion between the team. So what’s really important here is COMMUNICATION. On a positive note, remote team members are not great on an emotional level compared to their in-house counterparts, so their efforts to influence internal politics are pretty low.

 

3. Ego Clashes:

 

Shoutouts and all are cool, but it sucks when a kissass employee gets it over a kickass employee.

 

Ego-Clashes

 

It’s true that rewarding an employee boosts the morale of not just employee but sets a standard for other employees as well, but when you’re working with a remote team, you should take into consideration the entire team and not just a single member. In the end, everybody is codependent and desires to be appreciated equally. A team is like a Bad Boys movie, we ride together, we die together, bad boys for life


Now that we know what gives rise to politics in freelance teams let’s go through some tips to diffuse these politics.

 

1. Company culture:

 

It’s the responsibility of the management to enlighten their employees about the culture that has been established in the company.

 

 

Company-Culture

 

You shouldn’t let employees learn more about the company through water cooler talks and gossips, this won’t do anyone any good, it will only lead to further misunderstanding of how the company works. So it’s the management or the leader’s responsibility to show his employees the ropes.

 

2. Communication:

 

Organizations who embrace freelancers have advanced technology to make communication easier and seamless within the team,

 

 

Communication

 

it’s imperative for the team members to use these communication tools, not just for work, but to stay in constant touch and build a better team as well as company culture.

 

3. Focus on work:

 

It’s no surprise that we are at an organization to work in unison to achieve personal as well as the organization’s goal, so, one of the best things one can do to stay away from all this politics is to focus on the task at hand.

 

Focus on work

 

At the end of the day, everyone wants to feel satisfied and appreciated for the work they have done, and it will only happen when the focus is less on politics and more the work.

 

4. Build Trust:

Trust is one of the most important factors behind every team and organization’s success.

Build-Trust

 

The organization should plan certain team building exercises which would revolve around making long term or short term strategies and also creating a stronger bond during the entire process. This is a win-win situation for the team as well as the organization.

 

Conclusion

 

Politics within a freelance team is quite different than the one you’ll encounter in the office, there’s no backstabbing or the usual office drama, although certain cases persist like taking credit for somebody else’s work. It eventually comes down to how well a manager can encourage healthy communication between his team and how well a team can harbor a feeling of trust and respect. 

Global Work From Home Day

Global Work From Home Day

It’s time to celebrate the most preferred lifestyle of all professionals, Remote Work! It’s not just a trend anymore, it’s a way of life. People all around the world are being pulled to this amazing concept and it’s working wonders. So to appreciate remote work we are organizing Global Work From Home Day on April 10th in association with Remote-How.

We have been advocating RemoteWork for more than a year now, our platform www.RemotePanda.com has been trying to bridge the gap between developers in Pune and the business in the United States. During this wonderful journey, we got to meet a lot of entrepreneurs who had nothing but praise for remote work and who have been implementing it for a long time. We’ve had our chance of meeting like-minded people and it’s your chance to meet and network with all the fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.

And to boast off about how cool your remote work setup is and how much you enjoy working remotely, you can post a picture with #WorkFromHomeDay on April 10th.

10 Mind-Blowing Squads/Startups Spotted at StartupFest, Montreal

10 Mind-Blowing Squads/Startups Spotted at StartupFest, Montreal

Intro

RemotePanda had an amazing time engaging and interacting with entrepreneurs at StartupFest, here are ten great squads spotted at the fest.

 

Atek Monitoring and Control Solutions

Atek is a Canadian company highly specialized in Remote Monitoring & Control Solutions. Atek brings forth complete, integrated and turn-key solutions for a critical business process. Atek provides everything from the sensors to the online management platform including, installation and after-sales services. Atek has deployed thousands of sensors in Canada, which records millions of data points each day. Every day, thousands of users log in to the platform online to monitor their equipment and products.

Mortgauge

Mortgauge provide users the lowest rate in the market and deliver a seamless online mortgage experience. Mortguage is comprised of a hybrid team having experience in real estate and cutting-edge technology. With expertise in brokering deals, underwriting, finance, strategy and audit Mortguage have sufficient knowledge of the industry to build a rich customer experience. With the vision of being Canada’s most insightful, convenient and economical real estate platform Mortguage provides powerful tools to enhance customer experience.

EZ-Probate

 

EZ Probate helps user probate for a will without needing legal help. Through our easy-to-follow probate process online, a user can accomplish all the necessary paperwork for submission to the court—with minimal costs. EZ Probate provides comprehensive resources to help users achieve success when dealing with asset transfers and legal affairs of the deceased. EZ Probate provides a user with precise information on assets that qualify for probate, the probate process and the costs, and other relevant information. The platform also identifies situations when you’ll need to consult with a lawyer and name which states do require legal representation for probate.

 

MeetScribe

 

MeetScribe revolutionizes the way meeting are conducted in organizations. It is a smart meeting assistant that transcribes and summarizes meeting notes and integrates them in office 365 productivity applications. MeetScribe also automates post-meeting logistics by scheduling meetings, creating smart reminders and follow up tasks for users.

AKA-ETH Innovation

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For any entrepreneur finding the right expertise and being able to afford it, is always challenging. For any professional, working for any startup company means they get excitement what they bargained for. The key to a collaboration between the two is trust. Trust can be either build along time between individuals or bought by paying a third party which provides a form of guarantee on the transaction. To allow a much larger number of entrepreneurs and professionals to work together and thus leverage each other’s available resources. AKA ETH Innovation aims to lower the cost of this acquisition of trust.

Greenline POS

Greenline POS is passionate about helping society onboard into a cannabis-friendly environment. This is why they built a web-platform that provides cannabis retailers a way to automate their inventory, sales, employees, and compliance needs so they can focus on educating society on the wonderful solutions that cannabis provides. The process of the building industry is a long one and providing information and secure solutions allow retailers to focus on their customers rather than worrying about convoluted systems. The Greenline group is a team of technologists, cannabis consultants, and marketers who have put their heads together to find the best ways to help cannabis entrepreneurs succeed.

MediSeen

 

MediSeen is reviving the house call as the primary point of care by enabling healthcare providers to deliver care in their community. This is achieved via a secure, cloud-based digital platform, which enables patients to easily access quality health care at their home or office, instead of visiting overwhelmed doctor’s offices, walk-in clinics, or hospital emergency rooms.

Classo

Find the best digital teaching resources in just a few clicks. Classo is developing a platform to help teachers and schools quickly find the best resources for their needs. Classo wants to help the user quickly find the best resources they need. In addition to educational resources, users can also find professional development content to help them make better use of the tools at their disposal and to keep up with new trends in education.

Airbrowz

Airbrowz is a mobile shopping platform and app that engages, acquires, retains your ideal customers. With total design control to targeted push notification, Airbrowz provides the retail, hospitality and event industries the tools to go mobile without the need for any coding. Using airbrowz, business owners can easily, affordably and quickly make a move to an effective state-of-the-art mobile software solution.

UpField

Enter the digital air today with UpField. UpField is a mobile application that allows you to quickly and easily create your job site reports.

Benefits of using UpField:

    • Realize the report from the building site using your mobile
    • Access and collaborate with others on creating a real-time report
    • Improve the quality of your reports

Conclusion

Meeting great entrepreneurs and startups is always amazing, you get to learn a lot. RemotePanda had an opportunity to get exposed to the entrepreneurial excellence at StartupFest, Montreal. Learned a lot, shared a lot – all in all, it was time spent well.

 

About RemotePanda

RemotePanda is a personalized platform for companies to hire remote talent and get the quality work delivered from the city Pune. The resources in our talent pool are our close network connections. While connecting them with you, we make sure to manage the quality, growth, legalities, and the delivery of their work. The idea is to make remote work successful for you. Get in touch with us to learn why RemotePanda is the best fit solution for your business requirements.

The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

The alternative to Upwork with better service do exist!

We exist because people look for alternatives to Upwork. A lot of people find us when they are searching for phrases like ‘managed remote workers’, ‘guarantee on remote workers’ or even need help to sue a remote worker’.

That’s how our company came into being. We were ourselves looking to find remote workers who can get our work done and we do not have to manage them. We wanted to make sure that the relationship between us and our remote workers leads to efficiency in our work. What we found though was having to run behind the remote workers, getting half done to code and really no control on the working style of remote workers.

RemotePanda is built for CXOs who want a managed service for their remote workers. CXOs who want to transition to having a remote workforce but do not want the hassles that come with managing a remote team. CXOs who need a helping hand from experts to help set up their remote team with a measurable ROI and clear accountability.

We believe that CXOs are firefighters. Every day is chaos and there is a lot of work to be put at every end to keep things under control. When CXOs take up any initiative, they are looking for lesser work for them and how they can make their time free. CXOs look for efficiency and ways to make things better than they are both in terms of time and money.

RemotePanda is built for those people and companies that want to mitigate their risk and take no chance that comes associated with outsourcing. We have developed a marketplace with unique features that are like a concierge service to outsourcing, and where a successful manager is assigned to you to help you throughout the journey from matchmaking, setting of the process, building the KPIs and reporting.

We continually speak with CXOs on what they need and how we can impact their ideas — while still keeping things simple.

Here are the major things that we have built under RemotePanda

 

Close Network Invite Only

 

Every one of the resources that you’ll see on our platform represents a closed network connection. These resources are composed of both freelancers and agency (service provider) employees. The access to showcasing one’s profile on our platform is by invitation only. Once an invitation has been accepted, that resource will then go through a stringent vetting process in order to determine and verify qualification(s).

 

close network invites only

Success Facilitator

 

We have tweaked and therefore upgraded the traditional hiring process through the addition of a facilitator layer that we term “Success Panda”. The success Panda will function as your personal assistant that is designed to assist you in achieving the specific goal which involves your hired resource. This assistance will entail; help from the time of hire all the way through receiving your deliverables. In essence, it functions as your team member. The best part is that it is a no-charge option that we provide for free!

 

Success Facilator

 

Quality Watch Panda 

 

We care for both you and your success since your business success represents our success as well. We ensure this by going far beyond just providing an introduction to your new resource. We endeavor to ensure that your high-quality work is successfully delivered to you. This entails that your deliverable is carefully scrutinized by our quality assurance team. There, we check for quality, plagiarism and any other applicable issues. Again, it’s complementary with no hidden fees involved.

 

quality watch panda

Learning and Education 

 

In addition, we increase the value of your hired resource by investing in their skill development. If, after hiring, you feel that your resource would benefit through training in additional skills, then you may request that your resource is enrolled in a relevant online coaching program.

 

learning & education

Team Visit 

 

We understand that stronger bonds are created between hired personnel and employers when a physical meeting is introduced. Therefore, for any engagement that lasts longer than 8 months, we will sponsor a visit between you and your Remote Panda team.

 

team visit

Zero Risk

 

We adhere to an effective escrow billing system. This means that all payments will go through our own platform and released to your resource only upon completion and verification that you have received your expected quality deliverable. If for some reason, you are not satisfied with the work you receive, we will investigate and if verified, we guarantee that you will receive a 100% refund for that month.

 

zero risk

 

RemotePanda understands that outsourcing your product development or any other service as well can only be successful with dedicated efforts required to build it out. Outsourcing requires your own champion running the show on the ground. The way companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft have been successful with their offshore teams is by owning them- having their own people run the show. For small to medium companies and even for larger companies to an extent that is not possible. We fill this gap. We are your guys to help build your team and help you succeed at it.

To learn more check out our video:

When I Felt I Could Die, I Found Out What is Most Important to Succeed

When I Felt I Could Die, I Found Out What is Most Important to Succeed

success

 

I felt a Eureka moment today while doing my morning run. I think I found the secret to success. The answer to the perennial question- “What is one trait you have to build in yourself to be successful?”

It was just another day with me in the middle of a run. Like every day I had set up a targeted distance and was taking circles around the park. Taking a run in circles requires more concentration than running from point A to point B, since running in circles means you have the option to quit after every round

My long runs also provide me the opportunity for introspection. I consider it to be the best part of running- Imaginations run wild at the pace of legs, and I have found myself in middle of varied thoughts from Elon Musk to Scarlett Johansson, from profits to growth and the stock market crash, etc.

So today I started thinking what is that one skill to be built in oneself to be successful. Is it developing a habit of reading or is it about becoming a constant knowledge seeker? Does becoming obsessed with something is important or does building a network of people leads to success. As I started pondering over these thoughts, there was also a constant push from the other part of my brain that was telling me that I am tired and I should take a break. Even if I have not covered the distance I had targeted earlier, it’s ok to rest or else my heart could fail, and I would die soon

And that’s when it hit me. THE POWER OF FINISHING.

I think the most important trait to be successful is about how much obsessed you can be to finish anything at hand. Do you complete every task at hand before you take a break? Do you finish every book that you start? Do you make sure that the one task that could have been done today is not moved to the next day? Our mind is wired into telling us that we are tired and that if we do not sleep on time or do not take enough rest, we may soon find ourselves in the hospital with a breakdown but can you build the willpower to overcome those thoughts and make sure that you don’t settle unless the work is done.

 

Comment

 

The habit of finishing has far-reaching effects on productivity. Extending that last stretch leads to satisfaction which leads to overall happiness levels. Also making sure that there are no tasks left unattended frees your brain from the unnecessary worry of too many things to be done. Additionally, every such stretch makes sure that you are not spending time every time to get started. It’s like if you have a goal of 5 miles either you can do a 3 mile and do not enjoy the happiness that comes from achieving the goal or does 5 and feels satisfied for throughout the day.

What do you guys think about it? What are the factors you believe are most important to succeed in life?

Five People, I Want To Meet in 2019 and Why

Five People, I Want To Meet in 2019 and Why

Life is an eternal learning curve, so much to learn from so many aficionados.

We all have people we look up to, whether it’s for business guidance or ameliorating personal life. These role models of ours are what we thrive to be and follow their footprints. We follow them, envy them, get inspired, get motivated and learn from them. These mixed feeling persuade us to propel and take a step toward our dreams.

Everybody has a list of people they aspire to meet, here’s mine –

1) Dharmesh Shah – The Ace Entrepreneur

Dharmesh Shah

 

Founder and CTO of HubSpot are on top of my list. The kind of content and insights he provides is just amazing. He is like an idol. I look up to the honesty in his content, like what he has built with HubSpot. Introduced to HubSpot 10 years ago and have seen it grow into the giant it is today. I am pretty sure that every marketer has visited HubSpot at least once. HubSpot has become more like a Wikipedia for Marketers now.

Well, that’s not all, HubSpot also aims to help customer-centric startups and early-stage ventures reach their full potential. Recently HubSpot launched HubSpot Ventures – A $30 Million Fund to Support Customer-First Startups.

Neil Patel

 

New York Times bestselling author, a top influencer on the web, one of the top 10 marketers, creator of one of the best 100 companies are few of the accolades of Neil Patel.

I want to meet him because he is a top-rated marketer. I would love to pick his brain on digital marketing. Also, to tell him to upgrade his webinar software :p (Just Kidding)

Neil Patel
Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Whether I am going through my Instagram feed or surfing YouTube or just listening to the podcast: Gary always motivates and inspire me. One thing that I learned from him is – CRUSH IT

 

4) Byju Raveendran – The Visionary

Byju Raveendran

 

Founded in 2011, BYJU’s has come a long way under the leadership of Byju Raveendran. BYJU’s is a perfect example of building a global business from India. It was Byju Raveendran’s vision that made BYJU’s  #1 in Edtech space throughout the world. It would be really amazing if I got to meet such an accomplished man.

To add more, EdTech giant recently got $540 million in funding and got valued at $3.6 billion. Byju’s is set to use the fresh funding to build new products and aggressively expand in international markets.

Taso Du Val

 

Taso Du Val CEO of Toptal is one person that I am very eager to meet. As a remote work advocate myself, it always excites me whenever I hear someone talk about remote work. As they say “Surround yourself with those on the same mission as you,” it would be great if I could have a chat with Taso on the future of work.

Well here is my list but what about you? I am sure you have a similar list of people that inspire and motivates you, let me know who all you are on your list.

How In My 3rd Attempt, I Succeeded at Running a Marathon

How In My 3rd Attempt, I Succeeded at Running a Marathon

When you consider your life as a whole, it is bound to be full of ups and downs and in a lot of ways that is the essence of life. In a lifetime where you haven’t failed at all is one where you haven’t tried anything new at all. That is something alarming. Anytime you think of taking a risk; it is given that there is a solid chance of failure at the end. But you still got to do it, not just for the sake of experiencing things but for the need to get ahead. Learning is achieved through failures and downfalls. The will to stand back up and keep going at it is what defines your character.


The Back Story


Completing a full-length marathon has always been a pipedream for me, and at a certain point 
of time, I decided I was going materialize and worked towards realizing it. I started working towards the ultimate goal and completed a half marathon in October 2016. The success probably got to me as I decided on an impulse to go for a full marathon within just two months. The glory was perhaps what I was eyeing, and I failed to see the bigger picture – the training and back-end work one has to put up before being confident about my readiness to run. Needless to say, I wasn’t able to complete it that year.

Fast forward a year – in 2017 I was now determined to overcome all my shortcomings from the previous year. But what I completely overlooked was one of the most essential elements – Discipline! Training for a marathon requires a lot of strength training and conditioning, almost as much if not more than the actual run. I started training quite late and then haphazardly. One important thing to remember when you are training for anything the way is to go step by step. You run 10 miles on one day; then you cannot possibly expect to do 20 miles next week. It is always a gradual process, requiring daily efforts. The old tale of a hare and tortoise tells us to win races by being slow and steady, but I took the rabbit’s way. I went in it hard and fast and ended up hurting my knee just a few shy of the race day. The wait extended by a year!

“Why do we fall? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” -Batman Begins (2005)

The Current Scenario


The third time around and that is this year; I had learned a lot from the previous debacles. I was now determined to go beyond, cross all the obstacles and reach the destination. It was now time to take up the gauntlet and knock it of the park. This time, the training began much earlier, as planned. I went in one step at a time, progressing towards my aim one day at a time. The training gradually starts growing on you till one day it’s like an addiction. All you have to do is stay consistent, be persistent and see the progress. Every day, you have to work a little harder to go an extra minute. You can achieve that, and you will make progress for sure.

How to Stay Motivated and Prepared

  • Building a Peer Group –

Around this time, building a peer group of like-minded runners is very helpful. These peers are not only to push when you think you cannot go any further, but also to keep you motivated enough till and during the race day. Healthy competition is necessary to inch closer and closer to your goal.

  • Set Clear Goals –

Another thing that has to be taken care of is to have a clear goal in your mind, a goal that has to be specific and achievable too. There is a thin line between achievable and going too easy. Going easy will just make you lose all your tempo, but a challenge tough to achieve but achievable nonetheless is something worth going the distance for.

  • Social Pressure Helps –

Another thing that helped was social pressure. This year, I made a public announcement that I’ll be completing the upcoming full-length marathon. The heat of the moment announcement but it somehow build enough social pressure around me. Social pressure that helped me to keep going and kept me from quitting midway. I had to prove myself and show the world!

The Day of Showdown

After tireless hours of training, the day came. The day I was going to prove myself.

The nervousness was evident in the air on the day of the run. Thousands just like me had come there to run. Some were there to prove a point, others just for the fun of it while a certain section was made up of people who ran as a habit and didn’t want to know otherwise. The race began, and I consciously controlled my nerves. In my excitement, I would have gone too fast at first and then would exhaust myself at the 20th mile or so. I was well aware that this was the rubber match for me and the marathon. This time, I was determined to conquer!

During the run, you have to have some sort of motivation. There are a lot of ways to do that – music, talking to your peers, self- talk, etc. Self-talk is very necessary for such situations. Very often, our brain gives up way before our body actually has to. This result is human beings giving up way before their capacity. Our body is capable of going amazing lengths and staying unaffected; we are just scared to test it. Self-talk helps you tune out everyone else and focus on your own physical being.

“It ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done!” -Rocky Balboa (2006)


finished the race my third time. Isn’t it said that third time’s the charm? I sure do agree with it now. The satisfaction of finally finishing it was a bit overwhelming, to be honest. When you finally accomplish a task, there is this feeling of completion and the knowledge that you don’t have to work towards achieving it again from tomorrow. However, you become more than determined to get even better the next time around.


Conclusion

While running, you realize that once you are going at your absolute peak, the outcome is not going to affect you at all. Whether you finish or not, you start enjoying the moment. And at the moment, results and outcomes hardly matter. The only thing that matters is having fun, giving your absolute best and enjoying the process. For the final eventuality may last forever, but the journey is always the one that stays etched in memories.

Most Effective way to write Meeting Minutes

Most Effective way to write Meeting Minutes

The answer to this question is, in general, a resounding no. This is a problem. The solution? Sending the Minutes of the meeting after the meeting concludes. Noting down the minutes is a good practice regardless, and this task should be assigned to one team member in the meeting. Nowadays, some AI based meeting assistants are also available in the market, however, in the end, human intervention is still needed.

Minutes of meeting

Noting down minutes is a tedious task as many individuals consider it as the waste of time as no one goes through it; however, if the minutes are concise and short other individuals may spare the time to go through the minutes.

If a new individual is asked to prepare the minutes of the meeting, the very first question that comes in mind is which points to add, or how to prepare the minutes. Here we will clear a few important things up

Important things to consider while writing your minutes of the meeting —

  • Company/Institute Name: Mention the name of the company or institute Involved in the meeting.
  • Date and Time: Mention the date and time of the meeting along with the timezone.
  • List of attendees: Mention the name and designation of all the attendees of the meeting.
  • Agenda: Mention the agenda of the meeting.
  • Discussion: Note the key points discussed during the meeting.
  • Notes: Take note of the key information conveyed during the meeting by the attendees.
  • Action Items: The key action points discussed and finalized in the meeting can be written in this section.
  • Next Meeting: Mention the date and time of next meeting along with the timezone.

The above are key points that should be included while preparing the minutes of the meeting.

Here is an example of a great set of meeting minutes —

Template for minutes of meeting

How To Make Your Organization Remote Friendly?

How To Make Your Organization Remote Friendly?

Make Your Organisations Remote Friendly

Fierce competition, hiring suitable candidates, and acquiring loyal customers are some of the biggest problems faced by startups.

Our experience shows that the best solutions to address these are simple: amazing employees.

Employees are the biggest assets of an organization. Read that again – it’s the most important and time-tested truth that there is in business. Superstar employees are the ultimate weapon against the competition, the cornerstone of amazing customer service, and makes your organization resilient to any other problem which may arise.

But it’s not so simple. It’s hard to find great talent. So what do you do when your superstar is nowhere to be found? You can start by broadening your search. Try thinking globally.

Thanks to the internet, it has become tremendously easy to get a hold of a person who is living thousands of miles away. Every startup wants fast growth, and for that, they need great talent. Many times, it doesn’t matter if that talent is local or in a completely different timezone.

But, there’s another catch Are you able to retain your remote workers? In other words, Are you providing an environment where your remote team can be productive, where they can grow?

Checking in on your in-house team and taking care of the issues they are facing is easy. But remote workers are physically distant from you, and you can’t see what they are doing and what problems they are facing. It certainly isn’t viable to call them every hour to check in on your remote team. This leads to isolation and reduced social interaction, which may lead to stress and anxiety.

Related: “How to stay mentally healthy while working remotely?”

It’s indispensable to develop a plan to include your remote team in your in-house family, getting them acquainted with your company culture, and making them feel comfortable.

Let’s look at some of the ways you can make your organization remote friendly.

1. Communication:

Communication is the most important factor in making your organization remote friendly. You have a distributed team, so water cooler talk isn’t an option anymore, and swinging by your coworkers’ desk is impossible. So, it’s time to rely heavily on instant messengers and video calls.

In one of a webinar5 Mistakes You Are Making With Your Remote Staff”, Krish Chopra, Co-Founder of NPHub said –

“You have water cooler talks or coffee where you hang out with your coworkers every day, you need to schedule that time for your remote teams as well.”

Create channels where your team can communicate, and not just about work. Constant communication is a good way of getting the in-house team and your remote team to interact and know each other well, and also to get work done.

Remember, there is no such thing as over-communicating when you have a distributed team.

2. Trust:

If you want your company to grow with your distributed team, you need to foster a culture of trust. The employer isn’t aware of the whereabouts of his remote team and the work routine they have, but that should not be a reason for him to be doubtful about their work arrangement. Employers should trust their remote teams, and that’s how they can set a great example of trust in the organization as a whole.

Mention to your team that mistakes are alright, supposing they talk about those mistakes, learn from each other, and bond together.

Don’t be afraid of giving leadership opportunities to remote workers just because they aren’t in front of you all the time.

3. Train your team:

It’s critical to give your remote team the appropriate training needed to perform their duties. Your in-house team always has the advantage of watching you work and pick up on some tips and tricks. This won’t be the case with your remote team. You will need to think about how to give your remote employees an environment where they can thrive, constantly improve, enjoy their work, and be more productive.

4. Team retreats are also for remote teams:

Team retreats are probably the thing employees look forward to. Who would want to miss an opportunity to go out with the team, have fun, and especially meet your remote teams?

Organizations should organize a team retreat once in a while; this gives a chance for the in-house team to meet face to face with the remote team.

Meeting in a new environment, away from work, getting to know each other over a couple of drinks and games, can make your remote team feel like they are an essential part of the family.

5. Buddy system:

The buddy system can work wonders in increasing interaction between your local and remote teams. Pairing members from your in-house team with members from your remote teams is an excellent way of training your remote team, getting things done, and making your team feel comfortable around each other.

Conclusion:

It’s high time for organizations to start planning how work will look like with a remote team. With the millennial workforce on the rise, the 9 to 5 schedule isn’t what it used to be, employees they like to do things on their own terms, on their own time. Making everybody feel like an integral part of your organization should be one of the top priorities. Millennials come with different perceptions towards the world and have a different skill set; it’s up to you how to utilize those skills in the best interest of the employees and the company.

These tips will get you started in making your organization remote friendly, but you may need to think on different, innovative methods to make sure that an entire team is a single unit firing at peak efficiency.

Five Ways I’ve Tried To Thank My International Clients

Five Ways I’ve Tried To Thank My International Clients

 

Winter is Coming! The end is here! Well, instead of white walkers, the end of a fantastic year is coming.

 

Yep, it’s that time of the year where we look back at all the fantastic memories we made and the people we met. It’s also that time of the year where we send the year-end greetings to our valued clients. It is a tradition and a ritual that we follow every year in order to tell our clients how great it is to be connected with them and how important they are to us. It’s our way of expressing gratitude and appreciation.

Since it’s our yearly tradition, we have always tried to experiment with newer and effective ways. This post accounts on how we have sent different gifts from India to the USA and the gaffes that have happened with international shipments.

Before starting on any such exercise make sure that you have the right address and contact details of your customers. Sending an email asking the same is ok, rather than delivering on a wrong address later. Even if you have the address from their website or signature, it is advised to double check. Once that is done, you can think about innovative ideas to make holidays even better for your clients.

 

1. Getting Some Self-Made/Customized Stuff Across:

 

 

Team Selfie

 

For us, it is imperative to get that feeling of belongingness across to our clients and what’s better than sending hand-written customized notes right? Accompanied by a project-specific team picture just to add a cherry on top of the cake.

This is a fantastic idea, right? What could go wrong one must wonder?

Well, we used a company for the same that had an app to put across handwritten notes and ship them via UPS. What we learned the hard way is to go for receipt option so that you know whether it’s delivered or not. If untracked, you just don’t know which packets got delivered and which ones did not.

 

2. Sending The Essence Of Your Culture:

Essence Of Your Culture

 

If a handwritten note is not your style, you must have thought that sending something which symbolizes your culture would be a good option. Like sending something which isn’t really available in your clients country, could be an excellent way to connect and exchange culture with them. One of the years, we chose to send handmade elephants to our clients.

We chose to ship internationally from India. The delivery rate was high but the cost of shipping every item was way higher than the cost of the product.
Lesson learned – Take shipping cost into account while you plan.

 

3. Sending Gift Box Through Amazon:

sweets

 

Let’s go with a simple method of sending a gift box using Amazon, well why not? right. Amazon has basically everything. Yep, Last year we tried this too and found that our clients received the gift boxes unlike the case when we sent from UPS, but we had chosen gift wrap option and we figured out that most clients did not see our name on the box. This meant they didn’t know who sent these gift boxes to them. It was only after we asked our clients later on how they liked our gift, they told us that they realize it now that it was us. The chocolates were delicious though, they reported.

 

4. Gift Cards Are A Good Option:

 

Amazon Gifts

 

Gift cards are good, who doesn’t like gift cards right?

We have discovered them to be nice and easy to send over option. While sending gift cards, make sure of certain things like –

*Making sure that there is ample amount of time to avail the offer.
*Making sure that the offer you are providing is accessible in their country.

 

5. If nothing else is possible, A Simple Email Greeting Can Go A Long Way:

 

It’s the end of the year and a holiday season; it is entirely possible that your clients have already gone out of office. Now, what to do? A simple email greeting would be best in cases like these. Moreover, many time clients are juggling with different phases like changing office or going on a long holiday and they may also prefer virtual greetings.

Year-end greetings are a great way to express gratitude and importance towards the client. It’s a way to appreciate people who were a part of your journey throughout the year.

Well, a lot of effort does go into planning and working out gifts for clients- the special people of your company. Here is a quick glimpse of us working out on the same this year –

 

 

 

What are some year-end greetings and gifts that you have sent to people? Did you also face any issue? Let us know.