Jul 2, 2018
When employees work remotely, it can be hard for them to experience the culture, feel connected to one another and be engaged. Creating a thriving work culture for your remote team is actually not that difficult, but it does require establishing a clear vision, strong online communication, hiring people with the right mindset, giving them the tools they need to succeed and making everyone feel valued and included.
Formstack, a company based in Indianapolis but with almost an entirely remote workforce, has not only built a successful business (you may have used some of their forms on Netflix, Verizon, Gannett - to name a few of their customers), but also a thriving remote culture. The company’s 4.8 rating on Glassdoor is IMPRESSIVE. Only a handful of companies reach this number. What’s their secret?
Chris Byers is the CEO of Formstack and runs the day-to-day operations of the company. His goal is to deliver on the company’s desire to change lives through inspired software. Chris has been a part of remote organizations for several years, including heading up an international nonprofit while living in England and Poland. He currently leads Formstack's remote team from the company's HQ in Indianapolis and shares with us how he’s built this amazing remote culture.
Today with Chris we talk
- How he made the transition from a fully office-based workforce to almost an entire remote workforce.
- How he keeps employees engaged and connected when they all work remotely.
- How he’s been able to “humanize” a digital workplace.
- What metrics and processes he’s put in place to ensure that everyone is accountable for their work.
- Why a remote culture is about trade-offs.
- Which attributes he looks for in candidates, and how the company handles the hiring and on-boarding process.
Note: you can follow Chris on LinkedIn, Twitter and Formstack on LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
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