The 8 remote work tools we'd love to see in 2021


In 2020, we were happy to have talked to 94 (!) remote tool companies about what they are up to. With more than a dozen we talked a little closer and many of them we've shown you. These are our wishes for the next year.

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How much should you pay remote employees?

Salaries in remote working settings can be tricky. Should you pay them the exact same as local employees? Or rather as much as their local salary levels suggest?

Leah Knobler of Help Scout about hiring remote talent, onboarding and intentional communication

Help Scout is a globally distributed B-Corp and customer service product, that has been around for almost a decade. During that time, Leah Knobler played no small part in growing their team and operations to over 110 people.

Settling it once and for all: Are remote workers more productive?

Remote work is becoming the long-term reality for a lot of office workers, much to the displeasure of remote work critics. The question of whether remote work is really as productive occupies the mind of many founders – so let's look at the full picture.

Better culture: Keeping remote employees engaged and active

A common worry for employers is that their remote employees might drift off, distance themselves from the rest of the team and destroy company culture. It's often a major reason why remote work is limited to a few "work from home" days, but what can a company do to engage remote employees?

What is remote-first and why should distributed teams strive for it?

The term "remote-first" is getting recognition as a wonderful recruitment keyword. It's supposed to describe an environment that is remote-friendly to the point where there's no difference between an office worker and remote worker, but what's behind it all?

Stephen Olmstead of inVision about approaching remote work as a fully distributed team

Stephen Olmstead is the Chief of Staff at the fully remote company inVision, the well-known digital product design platform. As the right-hand to the inVision CEO he takes part in a lot of parts of a well-working fully distributed remote-first company.

Remote Work Policy for Employers (with PDF sample template)

With the rise of work-from-home, it's getting increasingly more important to put the agreements, requirements and responsibilities of each party down in writing, as part of a Remote Work Policy or "Work from Home" agreement. But what should be included in one of those contracts and why are they needed?

4 best examples of employee handbooks for remote companies

Employee handbooks are a crucial part of human resources. They show new hires the information they need, can be the go-to place to store new policies in and when made public, are an excellent way to give people a glimpse into your culture. These are our top picks of public employee handbooks.

How to create a great onboarding experience for 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.

The 101 of hiring 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.

How to make daily standups work 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.

Daniel Gross of Pioneer about running a fully global remote startup accelerator

Daniel Gross is able to look back at a glorious career in Silicon Valley. As a native of Jerusalem, he took part in YCombinator, sold his startup to Apple, became a leading investor, and is now running a successful remote-first accelerator, that aims to give those same chances to people all around the world.

Mastering 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?

Beau Lebens of Automattic about working on a global team and the future of remote work

Beau is the Head of Product Engineering of WooCommerce at Automattic, a fully remote company that is building some of the world's biggest platforms like, WooCommerce and Tumblr. In our interview, he talks about working on a global remote team with almost 1,200 employees and how to overcome time zones.

Best practices for remote work meetings and videoconferences

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. It's important to keep up meeting etiquette, especially in a remote setting.

Perks for your remote employees

Remote employees have different needs for benefits and perks than folks in the office. Away with the catered lunches and ping-pong tables, say hello to co-working stipends and home office equipment!

The full guide to mastering remote work internships

Doing an internship while working from home? The dream of many students is the bane of remote companies. How remote companies can structure and create remote internship positions.

The remote worker's starter kit

Millions of office workers have had their first stint in the remote work world in the past few months. As we slowly think about going back to our offices, the home office might hold a bigger place in our work life. These are the supplies you should get.

Don't monitor your remote employees, invest in trust instead

Going remote has been a challenge for cultures of many companies that value presence and face-to-face time, and has pushed many other teams in a direction of monitoring and surveillance, much to the dissatisfaction of employees.

Ryan Singer of Basecamp about brainstorming and innovating remotely

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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