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The Remote Work Guide

Started working remotely or thinking about it? This guide will help you through all the important steps of remote work.
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Module 1 - What is remote work?

To get a better idea of what remote work is you should watch this video. It's a super old video (in internet terms), but still a great.

Module 2 - An experiment nobody asked for

Big chance you are working from home right now. Let's use this time to reinvent how we work.

Working from home is different than working from an office. Remote work needs a mind-shift.

Interruptions are the enemy of productivity. Make sure you create enough time to think and work.
Tips About WFH
Module 3  -  Your Work Space

"The home office, the remote worker's holy place. The place where you experience career victories and grind through complex problems. Having a solid place to work from is vital for getting work done."

Check out these blogs posts written by one of our co-workers, where he explains how to find and create your home office.

Build Your Home Office
Module 4 - Get Flexible

Getting flexible with your time feels really awkward when you are used to sitting behind your desk from 9 - 5 pretending to be busy all the time. Things that can help: 

1. Take brakes
2. Stop working when you've done your thing
3. Try to get out of your comfort zone and plan lunches / breakfast with friends (now use zoom!)

The goal is to get used to being flexible and focus on output rather than input.
Module 5 - Asynchronous communication

You need to create rules on how you communicate efficiently with your team. The best rule you can implement is: asynchronous communication.

Asynchronous communication is when you send a message without expecting an immediate response. It creates a work environment where people get shit done.

To learn more about async communication in a remote environment, check out this article written by Basecamp.
Asynchronous Communication
Module 6  - Video call setting

Video calls are an important part of working remotely. And every remote team should have a "video-on" policy.

1. Get a solid webcam. If possible, try to get one that is at least 1080p. Logitech webcams are great bang for the buck.

2. Get a good microphone, prefer AirPods over your build in computer microphone since it reduces background noise. If your budget allows it, consider getting a dedicated microphone like the Blue Yeti.

3. Make sure you have good lighting when video calling. If you have lighting from a window make sure you are facing the window instead of having the window behind you.

4. Make sure you have some control over your environment. When you have a video call scheduled in advance, consider calling in from home instead of the cafe so you have control over the background noises.

5. If your environment happens to be loud, don't forget to mute yourself when you are not speaking.

6. Don't plan to many calls. Meetings are overrated.
Module 7 - Our remote Toolkit

Over the years we tried quite some applications to optimize our remote office, this is what we currently use:

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Slack: messaging
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Zoom: video calls
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Notion: planning, documentation, handbook
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G-Suite: E-mail en Documents
Tomeru: End of the day updates
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Dropbox: Storage
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Gitlab: Development
Figma: Design
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