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Ryan Singer of Basecamp about brainstorming and innovating remotely

Interview

When you think about remote work, Basecamp is likely one of the first things that come to mind. Ryan has been along for that journey for 17 years, starting in design, moving over to coding, and now sitting in-between the two.

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How to transition a small local team to remote work

Even though we might be able to go to our offices again soon, many teams might have gotten a taste of remote work, and might want to stay that way. Before you rush into it and close down your office, this is how you can prepare for the switch.

All that glitters: The downsides of remote work, and how to deal with them

It's no secret that we are big fans of remote work. We think it will help us democratize access to opportunities and talent alike. It will help us build better companies, that thrive globally and not just on a small tiny spot somewhere in California. But it's not the solution to all, and we need to recognize that.

Consensus vs. Consent: How to make decisions in a fully remote team

Making informed decisions in a remote team should be quite straightforward: Processes and discussions are recorded, after all. But the reality often looks different, and building consensus can be a difficult task.

Towards clearer and better communication

Communication is the number one source of dissatisfaction for remote workers and employees. It can also quickly become a time and money sink, with employees being blocked and out of the loop. How can you get towards better team communication?

Michael Fey about remote collaboration at 1Password

Michael Fey has been a remote worker at 1Password for the past seven years. Today the VP of Engineering for Client Apps, we discuss how remote work can be most productive, how it all works at 1Password, how things have changed over the past decade, and what that means for new tools today.

Why every remote worker should be a writer

If a team shifts to more async communication styles, the requirements for successful collaboration change too. Why a good writing skill is more important than ever, and why it's so crucial in remote teams.

Leon Barnard of Balsamiq: "You need to be OK with not knowing what everyone is working on"

Balsamiq is a leading wireframing tool, which has been on the market for over a decade. The team behind that company consists of over 30 people, working from the US and Europe. Today, we are talking to Leon Barnard, lead of the education team, about his role at Balsamiq and his experience with remote work in the last decade.

Mental health hacks for your remote team

Besides difficult communication, mental health and isolation are the most common things that remote workers struggle with and one of the main reasons for dissatisfaction. The most common issues, and how companies can prevent them.

The trend towards artificial presence in remote teams

One observable trend that is showing up in our tool reviews here at NoHQ is the strong pull towards creating new communication tools that are trying to create an artificial sense of presence and reachability. In this post, we are taking a closer look at some of these tools and analyze the effects that they may have on remote teams.

A quick guide to remote work during COVID-19

Companies around the world are ordering employees to work from home for the next few weeks until the COVID-19 virus is under control. A sensible measure, but a challenging one as well. If your team is not used to working from home, this may become a very taxing time for your whole team. A quick guide on remote work for co-located companies.

David Noël-Romas about Remote Work at Stripe

Building a company with teams in offices and remote sometimes can feel like an impossible task. Stripe made it work. We talked to remote Stripe Engineer David Noël-Romas about his experience working in a global hybrid team.

Locally adjusted salaries for remote workers

The "Cost of Living" differentiator in remote work salaries is a huge discussion point when it comes to the hiring strategies of remote companies. While some companies pay a globally universal salary, others decide to apply a 'cost of living' differentiator. Same job, different pay. Is that fair?

The hybrid approach to remote work

One half of the team in an office, the other one globally distributed. The hybrid approach to remote work is gaining popularity – but is it the best way forward, and what are the caveats?

Bridging the gap between remote and local employees

In a hybrid remote setup where remote and local employees live side-by-side, there is always a risk of different company cultures forming. So how can you bridge the gap sustainably?

Mental Health in Remote Teams

A constant state of availability and being connected, coupled with a possibly unstructured and isolated working environment can be tough for the mental health of remote workers.

How remote companies plan Team Retreats

It's tradition for most remote teams to pick one or two dates per year and meet in-person. There's a lot of effort involved with that, so how do you start such an operation?

Transitioning to being a Remote Workplace

Whenever we talk to founders, the idea to go remote usually hasn't occured until the company already had a few employees, so how do you effectively transition from a local office to remote?

Five Steps towards becoming Remote-First

Remote-First is commonly seen as the mindset needed to gain the most advantage out of remote work. What steps can you take today to get closer to being remote-first?

Writing Remote-Ready Job Descriptions

As a remote company, you should make use of your global talent pool. Part of that is making sure that your job descriptions fit within all cultural norms.

Growing Pains

Remote teams can work together pretty easily on a small scale. Let some people work from home, hire someone out-of-state – it's really no issue. But what things do you have to consider when things grow?

Hiring Remote Workers in Foreign Countries

Hiring employees in your own country is fairly simple. The only real differences may be between state or regional taxes and regulations. But if you want to hire remote workers in foreign countries as employees or contractors, then it becomes more complex.

Different Types of Remote Organisations

Satellite offices, remote-friendly teams and "Remote OK". There are probably more than a dozen types of remote organisations and types. So, what's the difference between remote and "Work from Home" anyway?

Why synchronous communication fails and how to make it work

Companies with remote employees like to hold on to synchronous communication as long as possible. Why that doesn't scale, and how you can incorporate "what you're used to" in your new workflow as a remote company.

Making Asynchronous Communication work

Asynchronous communication is the holy grail towards creating a scalable and efficient remote teams, but what does that mean, and why is it so crucial?

The Virtual Office Boom

New tools for remote work are popping up daily, but the current trend are virtual offices – spaces that are supposed to make remote teams feel like they are co-located. But does that make sense?

Daily Standups in Remote Teams

With a team distributed amongst timezones and locations, getting everybody online for a daily standup – a common routine in modern teams – can become increasingly difficult.

Sid Sijbrandij: “People don’t want to commute; they just don’t want to miss out”

We recently met with GitLab CEO Sid Sijbrandij to talk all about how they scaled a multi-billion dollar company with beyond 800 employees, fully remotely.

Education Stipends for Remote Teams

While many types of stipends are becoming more regular in many teams, education stipends are something that many companies don't provide. Why remote teams should do it differently.

What hardware should you provide to remote workers?

Local employees will traditionally receive a place to sit, some utilities and a standard set of hardware when hired. What's usual with remote employees? Are you supposed to furnish their home-office?

Where to post your remote job postings

Global job boards allow you to post and distribute your postings to hundred of thousands people worldwide, but do you really want that?

A guide on 1-on-1s in Remote Teams

Personal 1-on-1 meetings between managers and employees are not often the norm in modern teams. In remote teams, they may become a crucial part of your employee satisfaction and retention though.

Onboarding Remote Employees

Onboarding is often seen as a crucial part of remote work. It's important to give remote employees a feeling of security and hospitality right away.

Casual Conversation in Remote Teams

The quick catchup at the coffee machine, a casual chat in the hallway or a conversation at lunch. Having non-work-related conversations can be hard in a remote team.

The caveats of remote work

We're really optimistic here about remote work, but don't be fooled! Remote work has its downsides. Let's talk about some of those instead.

Conducting Remote Interviews

Hiring someone without seeing them in person before can be scary. Here is how to conduct and be confident about remote job interviews.

How much should you pay remote employees?

Salaries in remote working settings can be tricky. Should you pay them equally as local employees? Or rather as much as they'd earn in their home country?

Remote Meeting: Best Practices

Casual chatter, loud laughter, sitting in a room with a dozen other people. What's normal in co-located meetings is a no-go in remote settings. Here are meeting best practices.

Staying in the loop in a remote team

A manager's job is to know what's going on and where things stand, but checking in with remote workers can be difficult - people are in different timezones and asking questions can be hard.

How to hire remote employees

Hiring in a remote setting can be tricky. There are a lot more things to consider and think about. We list the main ways to get people hired globally.

Encouraging education in remote teams

In the workplace, lot of learning is happening during breaks and conversations. How can you encourage it in remote teams?

Standups in Remote Teams

Daily standups are common practice in engineering teams, but reluctantly done in remote teams. Can they work?

The three pillars of remote communication

When asked about their biggest challenges in remote work, 40% of our responders said 'Communication'. So, what's the issue?

Payroll Companies for Remote Employees Worldwide

When it's not an option to get hired as a contractor, international employers, or so-called payroll companies, can help. An updated list of one for each country.

Recruiting for remote positions

Remote companies tend to have one problem that co-located ones can only dream of – too many job candidates to choose from.

Perks for your remote employees

Your remote employees have different needs than your co-located ones. Here's how to cover them.

What's remote-first?

What's remote-first and why do other models rarely work? We do a deep dive on remote-first vs. other setups.

The hypothesis

Why does NoHQ have to exist in the first place? We explain the reason why this site you're on exists.

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