The week’s best articles on remote teams from all around the web. In this edition, pointers for managing a distributed team, tips for communicating how busy you are to people who can’t see you, a report that says teleworkers are happier than people who work in offices, and more!
“For complicated tasks, employees are asked to paraphrase tasks given. The manager reviews and sees if they are both in sync and if any extra input is required. This is more important for employees who are new to the job. Seasoned employees can read between the lines and have the experience required to understand any given task.”
Sharing your calendar with your colleagues works, whether you’re an internal or external resource. In the last few months, I’ve shared my calendar with my key ongoing freelance clients, which has made it very easy for them to see when I have availability.
Teleworkers are more satisfied with their jobs mainly because they are shielded from many of the stressful and distracting aspects of working in an office, including office politics, interruptions, constant meetings, and information overload.
Avdi has been leading and participating in dispersed software development teams since 2007. He works from home in Southern Pennsylvania, and loves the fact that working remotely enables him to spend more time with his wife and five (soon to be six) children.