Remote Working & How Best To Do It

As pointed out by Didem, we at ThreeFold have a lot of experience with remote working. Now, many in the world are heading in a similar direction in the short term, with potential long-term implications.

Let’s share some of our own knowledge here to then be able to communicate it with others who can benefit from it.

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I’ll start:

Remote working of course has its hurdles and I still believe that today nothing totally replaces being in-person with others. That said, it has countless advantages and because of technology, it can be just as productive as being together.

Video conferencing is a savior but can be a big time suck / distraction. That said, even in-person meetings can and usually are the same. So, the same rules apply for video meetings. Say hello, then keep them short and focused. Agendas help. Set the meeting for half as long as you think you’ll need.

Our team also tries to book an hour every couple of days to open our video conferencing and work together while on mute. People can ask questions as they have them or the call can be silent the whole time. Just nice to replicate the feeling of being together, without having it open all day & being too wasteful on bandwidth. It works for us, but it might not work for everyone.

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We should make the zoom alternative made by threefold available to everyone ASAP!

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@wimvdb, I was exactly thinking the same thing.

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I believe this initiative was paused due to prioritization, as we needed resources for other more urgent solutions. But for sure decentralized video conferencing is needed.

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As some of you might know I have 4 kids with ages between 4 and 15 years, I have taped a red paper to a green paper, so red one side and green the other side. It is standing on my desk, when I am in a meeting or when I don’t want to be disturbed it is red, otherwise it is green, so they know when they can ask me a question.

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Introducing this soon!

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@joris thank you for this! It’s not always easy to work from home with (especially young) kids, so I will definitely introduce this.

What I learned as a mom of a 4y old, is that it’s not realistic not to take more breaks when working from home as a parent. So I usually work for 45 minutes, and then close my laptop for about 10min to play together. Then I start working again. Kids also understand a lot more than we think, so whenever I start a meeting I explain to her that I will answer her questions as soon as the meeting is over.

Wether you’re a parent or not, it’s also important to go for a walk once in a while and get some fresh air when working from home. Helps the creativity and keeps you sane :slight_smile:

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One of the main things I tend to do when working from home, is dance with my kids.
When they visit my office for a little #dadtime and I’m not in a call I unplug my headphones, and I put on some silly, funky, or even hard music to dance to with my kids. Helps me get my heart rate up a bit, gets the blood flowing, and most importantly connect with my children even if just for a minute. Almost like a cup of coffee without caffeine, but full of “the Carlton”.

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Lots of good advice for parents! Love it.

A really important element of remote working is making sure everyone stays productive. The way we approach this is having teams (circles) collaborate on a kanban (scheduling system) where stories for each week are laid out, members of the team take ownership, and move their stories from “new” to “done.” Each morning, the team spends 5-10 minutes to update the rest on what they are working on and if there are any blockages. It’s a super approach.

Happy to show this tool / way of working to anybody who is interested.