How to Build Community in Your Dispersed Team
People want to be part of something bigger than themselves. The identity of your team hugely influences that. Some teams discover shared interests or hobbies. Others share a sense of humor to cope with challenging customers. Camaraderie makes all the difference for workplace satisfaction. When that happens, people will work harder, work more smoothly with each other, and be less likely to leave. It’s great news that distance does not have to get in the way of your team’s community.
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How to Communicate/Collaborate with Your Dispersed Team
It can be hard to get messages across a global team and even harder to collaborate on a project with a teammate who is several time zones away.
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10 Fun Activities to Engage Your Dispersed Team
Ideally, a dispersed team will gather at least once a year in person and bond. That’s becoming more difficult with increased globalization. Here’s list of simple activities to liven things up and tighten up the group.
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Going Remote? Tips from the Remotees
Thinking about becoming a remote employee? It’s not just a professional change, it’s a lifestyle change; that isn’t right for everyone. Here are some tips from Red Hat remotees on how to know if a permanent work-from-home arrangement is right for you and then how to succeed if it is.
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What Remotees Want You to Know
Remote workers are an integral part of the workforce, but it can be easy to forget them. I can vouch that sometimes a remotee will pipe up from the conference room speakerphone, and we exchanged looks of shock and panic through stifled giggles because we forgot they were on the line. This isn’t a testament to a remotees’ value; they’re key players we need. Being out of sight can naturally let people fall out of mind. “If they’re at a disadvantage, why don’t they just speak up?” you ask. Some of a remotee’s visibility is within his or her control, but the rest is determined by the centralized team. It’s not a fair arrangement, but it can be fixed.
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Managers, How to Lead Your Dispersed Team
Since a dispersed team has a number of challenges, managing a dispersed team requires some unique tactics. I interviewed two highly respected Red Hat managers to explore good global leadership. Paul Frields is a software engineering manager who manages a global team and happens to works remotely himself. Deborah Curtis has led a variety of facilities groups, including the solitary office managers of Red Hat’s North American offices.
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Winnie is in Atlanta. Ivo’s in the Czech Republic. Alice is in Singapore, and I’m in a room with five other teammates in Raleigh.
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