Written by Alexandra GavrilaMar 17, 2020

We are a fully remote company for about 10 years now, working with people all around the world, in more than 100 countries. And every day we get reminded that as multicultural as we are, there are many more things that unite us than things that separate us. Now it's the moment to switch our perspective into the things that can unite us in these times of trouble, but also of opportunities, especially through multiple startup channels.

Companies around the globe have rolled out mandatory remote work. Whether you’re a newbie or WFH veteran, here’s what you need to do to keep yourself and your company productive.

The good news is that there are ways to deliver results and avoid going stir-crazy, from setting up a good workspace to the way you talk to your team. Some employees will be working from home for the first time, which means figuring out how to stay productive in a new environment and context

From uncertainty, opportunities arise

You've probably heard about this fact: that some people manage to take the uncertainty and risky times and turn them in everyone's favor. 

So how do you do this? By listening to the ones around you, hearing their needs, and responding to them with empathy.

There is a magic ingredient for this: leadership.

Now more than anything we need to connect to our leadership skills and put them to great use. In Upstack we think everyone is a leader, leading themselves and others around. Especially when the world changes you might tend to feel less in control and tighten your grip as a response to risk or adversity. While there are multiple reasons to do so and cases in which you should do so, it is never a good moment to show mistrust in your employees and colleagues. Contrary to this it is our belief in Upstack that the best way to model a trustworthy behavior is to give trust.

The first value of Agile is "People and Interactions over Processes and Tools". What does that mean? Beyond all the existing tools, if you don't offer trust to the people, it is quite clear that you took the first step towards non-productivity.

How do you reward the trust you are given? With transparency and visibility. Trust is actually built on transparency and visibility.

In order to be productive, there is an important aspect that all remote workers need to know: 

COVID-19 or not, the key to working from home is clear: over-communication! 

How do we communicate efficiently? 

Here is a series of articles that may help you in this adventure: Communication in Remote Teams - The Upstack Model Part. 1, Part. 2, Part. 3, Part. 4.

The solution stays in understanding the new "rules" of engagement; building a communication skill set that reflects the demands of our digitally-driven age. Also, we use awesome tools to help our team be the best they can be when it comes to communication. 

Have the right tools!

What are the best tools out there to facilitate collaboration and to make remote working thrive?

You may need to modify or add to your existing day-by-day startup channels to accommodate the unique circumstances of your remote work environment. 

Make sure you have reliable online tools to help you connect and collaborate with colleagues. We're recommending collaboration tools like Slack for instant messaging, Google Shared Drive for file sharing, Zoom for video conferencing, Asana to keep your tasks organized and actionable, Stand-Up Alice for your daily updates. Here is a list of tools recommended by Upstack.

Working remotely can be new to you but with the good know-how and support will be able to do it. We believe it's our duty to act, connecting to each other, and grow together now as a result of the #covid19. No, this is not something that will divide us, but deeply and safely connect us. 


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