Living Remote Life

Whether it's the increasing commuting time and costs, or the freedom to pursue their passion, more people now than ever are finding opportunities and ways for working remotely. It’s undoubtedly an excellent time for this initiative as it’s supported by technological advances like collaboration, cloud computing, and improved communication tools.

Well, working remotely is not as easy as pie, and it takes a lot, to begin with, the movement. Click To Tweet Here we’ll gain the insights of Dribbble’s remote operations from Zack Onisko, The Chief Executive Officer. 

1. [Average day of a remote CEO] Managing A Distributed Team Remotely

The flexibility is no doubt limitless. As a Chief Executive Officer (CEO), you don’t have a lot of time in your hand. Here we take a glimpse of the average day of Zack Onisko’s daily routine. Working remotely as a CEO has given him a little leverage to take out the personal time in which he pampers himself or looks after his fitness like he gets to meditate, workout, and take his kids to school before he begins his work. 

During his working hours, he dedicates specific time to each task that he has to accomplish throughout the day and strictly follows it too. He also follows a system and routine of working. For instance, he keeps the ‘heavy-thinking’ tasks for the morning and the lightweight work for the evening. 

Zack revealed that at Dribbble, they'd given all of their employees the same flexibility to plan their day in their own way. They want their team to be able to design their perfect day, which is all built on a foundation of trust. 

2. Challenges of a Fully Distributed Organizational Structure

As per Zack’s observation, there are three major challenges of running a fully distributed team over the years - timezone, culture & communication, and hiring. But with strategic practices, one can easily overcome these hurdles. 

To state it better, he’s given a short example -

With varying time zones, we want to maximize overlap and aim at minimizing the isolation and burnout among team members.

3. Culture, Communication, and Collaboration Best Practices

Trust is the pillar of operations in a remote team. If team members have trustworthy relationships, they will communicate and collaborate better, as well as develop a healthy and positive culture without much effort from the management’s end. Therefore, you must ensure that you have forged healthy and trustworthy relationships with your employees to get the best productivity from them.

At Dribbble, they build all their processes with trust as the foundation, and it has significantly helped them improve their remote team’s overall efficiency. Layered on top of that, they use a lot of tools like Bonusly to encourage teams and keep them engaged in a virtual environment. 

4. Addressing Team Burnout

With small teams, it is quite easy to keep track of everyone. But as the organization scales, you need to change your strategies to loop out the loneliness, and so did Dribbble. 

Zack justified it with an instance -

We encourage transparency within teams to loop out the isolation when working remotely. It is crucial for our values that every team member should be plugged in on the mechanics of the business.

Work Remotely like Dribbble

Work Remotely Like Dribbble

5. Managing and Scaling a Remote Team

Since we know that managing and scaling a remote team is quite difficult, but at Dribbble, they found out another technique of doing so. They experimented with various organizational designs to analyze what works best for them. Also, they follow a hierarchy system to ensure efficiency in their teams. 

For instance, team members will report to their managers, who will further report to their managers. This ensures that everyone is updated on the tasks and projects. Furthermore, they have highly flexible management. Whenever they sense that employees might not be working to their full potential, they always include a process there to enhance their efficiency. 

Wrapping Up

Since the future of work is foreseen as remote and many new startups and existing companies will go remote. From hiring to operations, everything will be a part of the virtual world.

As we are moving forward towards that phase, it is a prerequisite for us to get to the roots of the remote work environment not just as an organization but also as employees seeking flexible opportunities. To get the perfect insights into remote work, join The Remote Work Summit and become a Remote Work expert today. Also, gain insights into Microsoft’s Remote culture

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  • Really good article. My team and organization were inspired by Dribble to go remote. I attended your summit last year and found amazing things to learn about remote working that helped my team to go remote fully. We prepared ourselves in the next 6 months started batchwise and gradually and are now fully remote!

  • The last time I came to watch your videos on Remote Work Summit 2019, Dribble was very clear and explained everything so wonderfully that I made all my friends and colleagues get the ticket and watch the videos. They’re all very superb, they said answers to some VERY GOOD questions put up by the panel!

  • Dribble is one classic example of a remote working team. They’re just too good at working remotely and I totally love the fact that so many people are actually going remotely and have started working remotely already. This is really a good way of building a remote team, Dribble is doing a good job!

  • The community of Remote Work has grown so much into a better version of itself. It’s like a 2020 edition with everything latest technologies, tools and strategies. Everyone is adopting this culture and it’s so wonderful to see that!

  • In the crisis happening in the world right now, I think all of these companies (inclusive ones that were adamant about office-working) that are going remote have proven that they can work remotely with their team and they DO take care of their team and the organization.

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