Jeff Robbins interviews James Sansbury, Development Manager at Lullabot, about how building culture interacts with productivity, who you need to hire, and how to hire remote workers to create a cohesive distributed team.
Topics we discuss...
- Challenges that remote workers and leaders face at distributed companies
- Getting "thrown into the deep end" of communication at distributed companies
- Becoming more intentional with written communication at work
- Informal coffee chats for distributed teams
- Why company retreats are Lullabot's best culture building activity
- What's it like to be part of a "hugging company culture"?
- Life in the day-to-day of managing a remote team at Lullabot
- Adapting to a remote work environment after working at a co-located company
- Building trust during the remote interview process
- How working from a home office makes remote workers more willing to be vulnerable
- Hiring people who self-manage and giving them the support they need to kick ass at their job
- Productivity tools, charts, and graphs don't tell the whole story about remote workers
- Having difficult conversations with distributed team members
- Giving feedback to and receiving regular feedback from remote workers
- Working in different time zone ranges
- Narrowing down job applicants based on predetermined criteria
- Importance of pre-screening calls during the job application process
- Creating an effective onboarding process
- Using your gut feeling to make decisions - pros and cons
- Finding remote workers who are aligned with your company mission and values (Lullabot's values)
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