The easiest way to feel connected as a remote team

As many are forced to work remotely due to Coronavirus, people will start to feel disconnected and isolated from their coworkers. When in the office, it was easy to shoot the breeze, grab lunch with a coworker, and stay connected on a personal level.After working remotely for several years, I'm ...

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Building trust when working remotely

The coronavirus outbreak has forced many people to work remotely over the last couple of weeks, so the topic of distributed work has been a huge topic of conversation online. There's tons of blog posts being written, webinars are being held, and the hashtag #remotework has trended on Twitter.One frequent ...

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How to operationalize remote team communication

As the coronavirus continues to force more people to work remotely, many will struggle when they need to accomplish work outside the office. The reality is that the office provides a lot of passive data points about what's going on at work as you can observe behavior.When you work in ...

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Starting Up: Everything I would do differently this time around

In a previous post on my personal website, I wrote a lengthy story about how Friday came to be. In this post, I'd like to share the most important lessons learned and what I would do differently if I started a company again.Unlike the previous post, this will be less ...

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Why are remote companies building their own intranet?

Over the last year, we've seen a few fully distributed companies (GitLab, Invision, Automattic) pass the 1000+ employee mark, with many more on the way. A few years ago, I doubt you would have been able to find any companies where this was the case.One thing I've noticed with several ...

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1-1 Meeting Questions to help kickstart better conversations

At Friday, we believe 1-1 meetings are one of the most important activities a leader can do on a regular basis to understand what's going on at work. This regular feedback loop can be a wellspring of insights into what you can do to improve, as well as ways you ...

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Why we don't serve alcohol at our events

I can't think of the last tech event I've been to where there wasn't some form of alcohol readily available. At literally every conference I've been to, software vendors will try to lure you to learn more about their products - "come join us at our FREE happy hour after ...

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We raised $450k to help remote teams stay connected at work

I'm thrilled to publicly announce that we've closed a pre-seed round of investment led by Underscore, with participation by angels here in Maine and elsewhere. This round of funding will be used to continue to improve the product and start sharing our story about how we can help distributed teams ...

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Synchronous daily standups are a waste of time

The daily standup is an important ritual of teams that follow an agile methodology. I've found a ton of value with them both as an employee and as a team leader.With that being said, I'm not convinced that synchronous (real-time) daily standups are worth it.In the rest of this post, ...

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Asynchronous vs Synchronous: how distance changes the way we communicate at work

Over the last several years, I've had the unique opportunity to have worked for distributed companies in a variety of roles (individual contributor, team leader, executive). In other words, I've seen what works and what doesn't.Now that I'm building Friday, I've had many opportunities to sync up with other leaders ...

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