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    As a full-time remote worker, working on an all remote dev team, in an engineering organization thats about 75% remote wf-home, this is a pretty good article, capturing a lot of good advice.

    I’ve often read that fully remote only works if everyone is remote

    Not everyone has to be remote “wf-home.” Instead, those in an office must consider themselves to be remote workers as well whom happen to be remote “wf-office.”

    In other words, unless everyone considers themselves to be remote (regardless if their actual physical location)—and this is easy when remote “wf-office” is the minority—its too easy to have conversations without involving the other relevant parties. You can’t stop people from talking in an office, but you can promote a culture where a deep, and meaningful conversation gets paused and brought up in a team setting instead.

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      Culture makes and breaks co-located work too!

      I’ve discussed this a little with people from Automattic, Zapier, Buffer, etc. There are a lot of advantages to remote work. However, it’s an obsession for these companies. That’s what makes it work. I’m not against partial-remote organizations, but it still needs to be an obsession. It’s hard to do one. Really hard to do both.

      One other key thing - Take a look at the career pages for these companies. They usually show employees all getting together in Austin or Costa Rica or somewhere. Part of making remote work work is also getting together regularly. You come together every few months, thrash everything out, then break out into your remote again. So face to face is still a valuable component of these models.

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        Some very good points in the article. Google Drive apps like sheets and docs are great–realtime collaboration for planning a project. From experience, there does need to be a significant overlap where everyone is around. Conf calls can be useful as well. I have a Cisco IP phone with a US phone number. I’ve tried other options, but the traditional office phone works best (Cisco has really good voice quality, which isn’t tree of the other options I tried). Also, a department gathering once a year or so is really quite useful. You can learn so much about your coworkers by just spending an hour with them. It can be expensive with a widely dispersed team, but it really helps.