When I first started working remotely, I quickly realized that I didn’t like the available backdrops in my house. First, there’s the cluttered living room. Then, there’s the rarely spotless kitchen. Or I could go with the yellow wall. That’s when I started looking into Zoom backgrounds.
“As the saying goes, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is especially true in the context of distributed teams,” says Meaghan Williams, HubSpot’s Remote Work and Inclusion Program Manager. Team building gives your team a greater sense of togetherness.
Behind many great teams are great managers.
Every weekend, my friends and I have online video calls to catch-up with each other. Sometimes it feels like certain people dominate the conversation and others don’t feel comfortable speaking up. These types of communication issues via remote conversations are actually normal. In fact, for remote teams communication with co-workers is a challenge that remote workers face daily. Additionally, according to HubSpot’s findings, non-HubSpot remote […]
2020 has brought with it unexpected levels of stress, anxiety, and fear for people across the globe. And the workplace isn’t insulated from the realities of our global situation. Some of my colleagues, for instance, are now working half-days — and essentially becoming elementary or middle school teachers while their children’s schools are closed for the other half. Other colleagues are dealing with increasing anxiety […]
Asking “How is everyone?” at the beginning of every meeting isn’t always the best way to encourage connection and team bonding. Sometimes, you need to take it a step further with an ice breaker. The best ice breakers have the power to strengthen coworker bonds, stimulate better brainstorming sessions, and create an atmosphere of inclusivity. But it’s easier said than done, and the wrong ice […]
As HubSpot’s remote population has grown from a handful of folks to over 300 in the past few years, we’ve learned a number of lessons on how to pivot in-person communications into a virtual environment. When it comes to a team meeting, we’ve learned that while the content often remains the same, the way in which that content is presented and discussed often needs to […]
Today, you and your team are expected to perform at the same level no matter where you’re working from. With the help of internet connection, it’s relatively easy for us to get most our daily work done, whether it’s related to publishing a blog post, sending a follow-up email, conducting a video call with a team member of prospect, or setting up a workflow to […]
When working remotely, you’ll likely notice some unique challenges arise that aren’t necessarily roadblocks you’d experience in a shared office. Additionally, as a career-minded professional, you might also have fears related to being isolated or unseen. For example, you might ask yourself, “Am I missing something important?”, “Do people think I’m actually working?” or “Is it even possible to move up the ladder in a […]