You’re Doing Remote Wrong

  • I’ve worked in an office at Microsoft for 4 years
  • I’ve worked solo from my apartment on my own company Yuri.ai for 2 years (Pre-pandemic)
  • I’ve been working at Graphcore for a year entirely remote (Post-pandemic)
  • I am not losing my mind
  1. Ramping up new employees: It’s a lot easier for people to reach out for help in person, ramp ups are really about making a person feel confident and independent as quickly as possible. When I was ramping up at Graphcore many of my peers offered to pair program with me which was invaluable but as a general repository of knowledge Slack channels worked great.
  2. Building friendships with your colleagues: Small scale off-sites are essential in a remote first world, make sure everyone is tested, wearing a mask and get everyone to do some activity together. If your primary source of social connections was work then you can fix that. Remote work gives you the opportunity to work around the people you love the most whether it’s your parents, siblings, partner or friends you have a lot more flexibility than you once did. You just have to actively make it happen.
  3. Delivering negative feedback: The issue with delivering negative feedback remotely is that you can’t really observe how the other person is taking it, so techniques like the “shit sandwich” don’t work as well. The recipient may be smiling on the call but may be incredibly triggered right so make sure to book LONG meetings to tease the issue and solutions to it.

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