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Remote work: Prepare for Office Re-entry

“Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!”-Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) in The Godfather III (1990) Most of us have been working remotely for what seems like eons. It’s actually closer to ten weeks, but who’s counting? Ten weeks is long enough to rearrange schedules, alter bedtimes, divide the household labor,… Read more »

How to Encourage Your Team When They’re in the Thick of a Project

It’s an all-too-familiar scene: You’re leading your remote team through a major project–and you’re worried they’re losing steam. Maybe you’re preparing for a flip-the-switch rebranding project that requires lots of layers of review. Maybe it’s annual report season, and changing conditions have forced production out another month. Whatever the project, it’s high stress and high… Read more »

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Establish a communication protocol

RNI, the Remote Nation Institute, is holding a series of half-hour webinars to help you help your employees work remotely, efficiently, and happily. As part of these learnings, we offer tips, based on years of remote work experience. Every day, we’ll give you one concrete action you can take with your team to keep your people focused… Read more »

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Keep your remote team on the same page

RNI, the Remote Nation Institute, is holding a series of half-hour webinars to help you help your employees work remotely, efficiently, and happily. As part of these learnings, we offer tips, based on years of remote work experience. Every day, we’ll give you one concrete action you can take with your team to keep your people focused… Read more »

Remote work dress codes: It’s casual Monday through Friday now

RNI, the Remote Nation Institute, is holding a series of half-hour webinars to help you help your employees work remotely, efficiently, and happily. As part of these learnings, we offer tips, based on years of remote work experience. Every day, we’ll give you one concrete action you can take with your team to keep your people focused… Read more »

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Remote work managers: Say no to micromanagement

Hummingbirds are lovely when they hover, managers, not so much. Sophaya’s Tip of the Day We’ve talked a lot about the value of communication for remote teams. It’s important for your whole crew to be on the same page and for you, as a manager, to know exactly what each member of your team is… Read more »

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How can you convince your boss your remote team is working?

Your team, like everyone else’s right now, is working from home. We’ve discussed many facets of remote work, including establishing a culture of trust, building a virtual water cooler, and buoying team morale, but we haven’t touched on how to maintain a solid relationship with your boss while you and your team work remotely. Sophaya’s… Read more »

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Remote work meetings: All Zoomed out and no place to go

Sometime after your fourth video conference of the day and right before you tell your kids, mate, dog, rabbit, or pterodactyl it’s safe to speak again, you wonder, “Is all this video chatting worth it?” In a word, yes. That doesn’t mean all conferences need to be video conferences. Sophaya’s Tip of the Day Nothing… Read more »

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How to Complete a Performance Review for Remote Workers

Performance reviews are stressful—there’s no denying it.  For employees about to be evaluated, there may be a growing sense of dread surrounding any unknown issues their managers are planning to raise. For managers, there’s the pressure to deliver honest, forthright, constructive feedback that serves the dual purpose of bolstering your employee’s confidence and strengths while… Read more »

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You sent your team home to work remotely. Now what?

As businesses are forced to close offices, hundreds of thousands of managers are doing something they never thought they would do — managing remote teams. Sending employees home and telling them to keep working is not a strategy, it’s a crisis reaction. As reality sets in and everyone sorts through the chaos, these new remote… Read more »