CRISTINA GÓMEZ PRADA is the Chief Operating Officer at Hanzo Studio, headquartered in Madrid, Spain. In this episode, we will share some tips on how to build a successful remote-first company. Cristina, shares insights on how to boost personal productivity, maintain a physical office space, build relationships, encourage time off, trust your team, and build empathy.
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Tips for Building a Successful Remote-First Company
Boost Personal Productivity
- Use an external monitor for extra real estate (especially when working with many applications at once).
- Provide each employee with a stipend to buy the equipment they need to be productive.
- Provide training when needed.
There are Benefits to Maintaining a Physical Office Space
- It’s good to have a place where people can get together easily.
- Some people prefer working in the office.
- The physical space represents the brand, identity, and culture of the company.
- Hanzo’s offices have become a mixed-use space with individual workspaces, collaboration spaces, and private meeting rooms.
- Equip meeting rooms with large monitors, good microphones, and fast internet.
- Provide a well-structured framework for remote work.
- Get together in person once or twice a year to share information about the company, do training sessions, and spend time together.
Encourage Time Off
- To avoid burnout, establish boundaries and take time off when needed.
Trust Your Team
- Give the team autonomy, information, and tools they need.
- Have tolerance for mistakes.
- Don’t forget that we are working with people, not robots.
- Define your remote working framework to help align people.
Building a remote-first company can be challenging, but following these tips can help make it a success. Boost productivity, maintain a physical office space, build relationships, encourage time off, trust your team, and build empathy. Remember, we are working with people, not robots. Define your remote working framework and provide training when needed.
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