Working Effectively In a Remote Environment

Pascal Rodriguez

Engineering Director at Visium


How We Leveraged Remote Work Best Practices During the Covid-19 Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has undeniably turbocharged the shift towards remote work, which was already in motion for many years. Today, the business landscape is predominantly remote, and the post-pandemic world will likely embrace this modus operandi even more. While some companies smoothly transitioned into this new normal, others have been grappling with the teething troubles of remote work. My years of remote work experience and established best practices served as a practical blueprint, allowing us to maintain business continuity during these unprecedented times.

Embracing the Self-Service Mindset and Asynchronous Work

One of the first measures we adopted was defining clear communication guidelines. The cornerstone of our approach was twofold: fostering a self-service mindset and promoting asynchronous communication.

"The self-service mindset emphasizes the importance of individuals being self-reliant in finding the information they need to complete tasks."

Crucial to this approach is robust and frequently updated documentation, with every team member assuming the responsibility of keeping the information organized and current. The benefits of this approach include increased productivity, reduced interruptions, timely access to information, and expedited onboarding of new hires.

Complementing this is the asynchronous mindset, which revolves around using tools and strategies that support remote collaboration and enable work in an asynchronous mode. This paradigm shift meant acknowledging that not every meeting needs to happen in real-time and instant responses are not always required. We learned to distribute written supporting materials before meetings, enhancing the quality of inputs and contributions and leading to more efficient and productive sessions.

Key Takeaways

The Covid-19 pandemic allowed us to formalize these remote work practices explicitly. The self-service mindset streamlined onboarding two new team members, eliminating the need for intensive, synchronous onboarding. The asynchronous approach minimized distractions, improved meeting efficiency, and created a comprehensive record of all decisions. Importantly, we significantly reduced the need for our team to spend time in meetings, as they could now independently access the information they needed.

"As we continue to adapt and learn in this remote-first era, the lessons and best practices we've adopted will undoubtedly be crucial in charting our path forward."

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Pascal Rodriguez

Engineering Director at Visium

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