Your questions about remote work, answered

Krystina Martinez / Published April 3, 2020

Whether you're new to remote work or your current work situation is being held together by tape, Zapier's here to help.

We've been a 100 percent remote company since we started in 2012. Along the way, we've encountered many of the same problems people face when they first transition to...

Never lose a meeting action item: automate the process

Hannah Herman / Published April 1, 2020

Sometimes, meetings feel like the hardest part of your job. Staying engaged? Hard. Remembering what it was you agreed to do, exactly, during that meeting? Even harder.

A common solution is to ask one person to be the designated note-taker during a meeting. But someone still has to disseminate those...

How to be an effective manager during a crisis

Colin Monaghan / Published March 31, 2020

Being a manager requires empathy, authenticity, and flexibility. In times of crisis, these qualities are even more necessary. Your reports will be anxious and stressed, your business will be facing new challenges, and the world at large will be…different.

We've reviewed a number of resources, listed at the bottom of...

Remote team activities: How to have fun when you work from home

Zapier Editorial Team / Published March 27, 2020

We know a lot about online team building here at Zapier. We've been a 100% distributed company for nearly a decade, and we have a lot of fun. Not like we're-all-hermits-and-we-don't-know-what-fun-actually-means fun—real fun.

At Zapier, we have a Slack channel called #wg-zapier-social ("wg" stands for "working group"), where we come...

7 strategies for running effective remote meetings

Krystina Martinez / Published March 27, 2020

Meetings get a bad rap—for a good reason. They never start on time. Someone always dominates the conversation. Discussions inevitably go off-track. People start tracing their hands in their notebooks. And almost always, the meeting could've been an email.

On a remote team, you're less likely to be caught tracing...

When should you mute yourself during a video call?

Justin Pot / Published March 26, 2020

People are spending more time in video calls than ever, but the big questions are going unanswered. Specifically: when are you supposed to mute yourself? And when is it okay to leave the camera off?

From what I can tell, even the Very Tech Savvy People have no idea what...

3 ways to automate parenting duties without screen time

Janine Anderson / Published March 25, 2020

I have a friend who once said something like this to her daughter: "Would you like me to dedicate my limited memory to remembering your birthday or checking whether you've put on your socks and shoes each morning?"

I laughed. But I also wanted to cry.

The sheer number of...

How to small talk while working remotely (without being weird)

Justin Pot / Published March 25, 2020

Saying good morning, in person, to a coworker you don't know is perfectly normal. Sending a private message to a coworker you don't know to say good morning is…weird. If not downright creepy.

Look, that's just how it is. I don't make the rules.

Seriously, though: the difference between these...

Work from home apps: The 15 tools we use most at Zapier

Zapier Editorial Team / Published March 24, 2020

As more people transition to remote work, we've received lots of questions about what work from home apps we use internally at Zapier. While different teams will require different tools for working remotely, we thought a peek into our tech stack would help you figure out what you might be...

A guide to onboarding remote employees

Ashley Priebe Brown / Published March 23, 2020

A successful onboarding program is the first step toward employee satisfaction and productivity. But no matter how well you've streamlined your process, everything changes when you have to do it remotely. How do you make new team members feel supported and included when they've never seen any of their coworkers...