How do you make sure your team is happy and engaged in their work?
Check in regularly on how they are feeling and turn those into to-do’s for the management team. Examples include:
People not feeling like there’s enough communication - we decreased the time between offsites from 4 to 3, and changed what content we put into our Monday meeting.
People not feeling like they can progress - this led us to us create a playbook for how to get promoted, etc.
Our strong remote culture is influenced by having “offsites” where we can let our hair down and most importantly, dedicated time where we are all vulnerable about personal life.
What's your biggest challenge as a remote leader?
Time Zones - it’s hard to manage a team when they’re awake when you’re asleep...
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Prompted questions that ask people to be vulnerable (ex. What’s the hardest thing you’ve had to go through?)
Prompted question for us to compliment each other anonymously
Yes, but they’re not super popular. We did an Airbnb experience of coffee tasting and another one for cooking pasta that was super popular though.
I usually joke around and we get right to it. Icebreakers are too formal and don’t tell you much - a question like “what’s a time period of your life that really made you who you are today”, “what’s something you’re really proud of that you’ve accomplished”, etc are way more valuable and you don’t need to do them all the time.
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