10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic

10 Lessons from 4 Years Working Remotely at Automattic Some really good advice here. I just hit my 90 day mark at Cisco, and our team is heavily remote, and even those of us local are primarily working out of home offices; I haven’t been in the office since I got back from Yellowstone, although I’ll get in this week. It’s nice working on a virtual team again — but it requires a different mindset and you really have to worry about communication and coordination. My biggest challenge continues to be not letting things get buried in the inbox — I’m sure none of you have that problem, right? One thing I did this week was follow the lead of Automattic and build out a team watercooler using their P2 Theme. This is specifically a place for those things where you think “some folks will be interested in this” followed by “but I don’t want to clutter their inboxes”. Now, that stuff has a home, which is overtly “not about business”. That you aren’t all in one office doesn’t mean the casual bonding and conversation isn’t important, I’ve found remote teams work best when you give that “side chatter” an official place and enable it within the team, and just because you can’t stand next to the watercooler in person doesn’t mean it’s not important to the work environment…...

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