8 Ways Remote Teams Work Faster (and Slower)

Danny Schreiber / March 27, 2015

"OK, I'm done."

I vividly remember reading that short, punchy sentence again and again in my first few weeks at Zapier, each time pursing my lips, scrunching my forehead and thinking, "How did Wade finish that task so fast? Geesh, I'm slow."

Zapier is my first job on a remote...

How to Avoid Burnout When Working for a Remote Team

Alison Groves / March 24, 2015

Working remotely is a wonderful thing. It allows you to work when it's best for your schedule, giving your teammates and company the chance to have your best work. It also lets you call your own shots, leaving you more creative, happier, and healthier (hello no germs spreading around an...

How Successful Remote Teams Evaluate Employees

Jeremey DuVall / February 24, 2015

During my first full day of work at Automattic, the only thing running through my mind was "Am I going to get fired?"

That's an unusual feeling, especially when you're hours into a new job. To clarify, this had nothing to do with Automattic or any of my coworkers....

3 Communication Strategies for Building Strong Relationships from Far Away

Belle Cooper / February 12, 2015

If you work in a remote team, one of the aspects you quickly notice is the importance of communication. Finding the best ways to communicate with your team is imperative when you're not working face-to-face, because you're missing most—€”if not all—€”of the context of each person's situation.

If you're in...

End Internal Emails: How Teams at GitHub, Treehouse, Automattic and Zapier Communicate

Jeremey DuVall / December 18, 2014

"Communication is oxygen."

That portion of the Automattic creed has stuck with me from the start. After reading the creed during my first week of remote work, I had a surface-level understanding. Now, after a year of working with over 250 other individuals spread across the globe, I understand it...

Remote Working: 8 Items for Every Remote Worker's Wish List

Wade Foster / November 29, 2013

When you join a remote team or start working as a remote worker, it's easy to think that a laptop and pair of earbuds are all the equipment you'll need to make being a remote teammate successful. But after working remote at Zapier for over two years, I've learned...

5 Reasons to Read REMOTE, Even if You Aren’t a Remote Team

Wade Foster / October 29, 2013

"The future is already here—it's just not evenly distributed." - William Gibson

That is the quote that opens REMOTE: Remote: Office Not Required, the latest book from 37signals founders Jason Fried and David Heinenmeier Hansson. I had the fortune this past week to read it from our office...