A huge part of our success and keeping our engagement up is holding weekly catch-up meetings where we catch up on not just work related issues but also spend a little time talking about what is going on in our worlds. I also make a point to be enthusiastic about any Pixalate functions, meetings, games, etc.
I work at Pixalate, a global fraud protection, privacy, and compliance analytics platform. I am the organization's HR Generalist, leading all HR and recruiting functions.
Tell us about your team!
How big is it?
We are a global company spanning 7 countries, and I am an HR team of one, sitting outside of Houston, TX.
What does your team do? What are you responsible for?
My responsibilities include recruiting globally, onboarding and offboarding employees, employee relations, and building HR systems to work with our growing company.
What are the components of a strong remote culture?
The secret is truly having passion about what you do while being understanding that everyone is human. At Pixalate, we live by Slack and as we have team members in various time zones it is not uncommon to get messages throughout the day and night. Answering your Slack messages all hours of the night is not expected from anyone, with rare exceptions. Everyone here has real passion about the work we do at Pixalate, but we all believe in personal time as well.
Strong remote cultures are built on strong connections. Strong connections are built with Hailey.
How do you make sure your team is happy and engaged in their work?
While I am a team of one, I do work closely with a small handful of people. A huge part of our success and keeping our engagement up is holding weekly catch-up meetings where we catch up on not just work related issues but also spend a little time talking about what is going on in our worlds. I also make a point to be enthusiastic about any Pixalate functions, meetings, games, etc.
The secret is truly having passion about what you do while being understanding that everyone is human.
What's your biggest challenge as a remote leader?
Everyone knows there is a difference in meeting someone virtually versus in person, and many of our team members haven’t met anyone in person, or have done so only once or twice. It can be difficult to get to know the people you work with and build connections with them that go beyond whatever project is being worked on.
My Remote Manager Toolbox
We have a few channels and virtual meet-ups company-wide that are to help all teams meet together and build relationships.
We are big fans of Wordle, Nerdle, and all other -rdle daily games!
Products & Tools
Slack and Google Meet are the big two, both of which we use for business purposes as well.
Resources for remote leaders
SHRM is a big one, and I am on an HR Advisory board with Bennie. I read articles and am subscribed to newsletters by HRZone, and HR Brew.
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"Adding Hailey has been by far the lowest effort, highest impact thing we’ve done to bring our globally scattered team together!" - Mary Grace Reich