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How To Succeed In Your First Remote Working Position

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Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder of Femgineer (right) and Meghan Burgain, Community Manager at Femgineer (left)

Interview with Meghan Burgain Community Manager at Femgineer

Remember about a month ago I told you I was in hanging out in Bordeaux with one of my employees, Meghan?

Well, in the midst of enjoying croissants, baguettes and each others company, we filmed the final episode of Build for 2017, and today we’re going to share it with you!

If you’ve been wondering, “How does Poornima work from Bordeaux, and how can I make that happen?!”

Or maybe you’re thinking, “Nope I could NEVER do that… because my boss won’t let me… I don’t know if someone would actually be willing to pay me… I don’t know if I can actually be productive… I’d probably feel really isolated…”

I hear ya!

But 7 years ago, I couldn’t take the thought of having to commute…

The traffic, road rage, not to mention having to find parking… it was enough to make me throw in the towel!

Since then I have been managing remote teams around the world, and as I continue to scale my team I learn best practices from companies who have been doing it for longer than I have like Olark.

But, I know there are a lot of people out there who just don’t know if they can do it.

Maybe you’re one of them. You worry if you’ll be productive, able to communicate effectively and fit into the company culture.

One of my employees, Meghan Burgain felt the same way about a year ago. She had a number of reservations having never worked remotely before.

In today’s Build episode, Meghan and I are going to dive into some of these reservations, how you can get over them, and of course the wonderful benefits aside from working in your jammies ;)

You’ll learn:

  • The tools and processes to use to stay productive and on top of your projects and tasks
  • How to handle working across multiple time zones
  • How to communicate more effectively with your teammates across a number of channels
  • How to train new hires when you can’t sit right next to them
  • How you can cultivate a great company culture across continents

Is there something else holding you back from taking on a remote position? Let me know what it is in the comments below.

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