Remote company managers are talking about why they are running a remote team and how did they start. They also share ideas about what are the biggest benefits of remote work and why it's here to stay.
Remote team leaders about building a remote team and how are they hiring for remote jobs in their company. They also share tips about how to stand out when applying for remote jobs.
Practical tips from remote companies about managing a remote team – how to measure productivity, where to work from and about planning company retreats to bring the remote team together.
Remote team leaders answering questions about their daily life in a remote team regarding communication, tools and more. They also share tips for companies planning to start working remotely.
We try to get together as a whole company every 9 months or so to meet in person, build community, and get some work done! Since our team is distributed all over the globe, we try to plan a different location for each GitLab Contribute.
On a more regular basis, many of our team members who are located near each other will come together for coworking days.
We also have a visiting grant to support team members who want to travel to visit one another.
We have two annual offsites: one with the whole company and one with your team.
The main objective of the whole company offsite is for us to connect and bond in person. Each year we choose a new global destination - often somewhere where we can explore an innovative payment system. For example, in 2018 we went to Kenya and had a special activity using M-Pesa, a mobile money service.
The purpose of the team offsite is to review the past year, plan for the next year, and work as a team in person. The locations of the team offsites also change every year, and each team goes somewhere different.
Yes, we meet in person to work together once a year, or whenever we can. Our first event was in Malaga in 2013, and then we met in Tenerife, Porto, Cyprus, and Split. We don’t know yet when or where our next event will take place. You can check out this blog post about our most recent event in 2017 in Split, Croatia. Also, smaller groups meet in WordCamps, especially WordCamp Europe.
We do meet in person as a team at least 4 times a year, and team members meet among themselves often if they're in the same city. All these in-person meetings are critical for team building, camaraderie, and we always notice how well meetings flow during and after these get togethers.
We try to organize company retreats once a year as it's one of the rare times we get to be with each other in person
Why we do retreats:
🕺We get to know each other better beyond work.
👋 People who don’t work together as often get to spend more time together.
🌲 Change of scenery refreshes mindset and thinking. Slow down to go fast.
💡 Makes time to reflect on why we’re doing what we’re doing.