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infoShare '18 flashback: Work is not the place you go to, it’s the things you do!

Is it possible for the team working fully remotely to succeed? Nozbe CEO, Michał Śliwiński, argues that indeed it is and explains why the lack of office is the best factor, contributing to the increase of productivity of his team.

Aug 29, added by infoShare

Team of Nozbe, the company that designed the application for project management, is composed of people from all over the world. There are Spaniards, Germans, Poles, Americans, French, and even a person from Taiwan. Similarly, customers are spread all over the world, although the vast majority are developing their businesses in the US, Poland and Japan. International work culture allows you to run your business and communicate without having to maintain a stationary office. What are the benefits of this?
 

Work is not the place you go to, it’s the things you do

This is the motto and philosophy of the Nozbe team. And although its CEO often hears opinion, that such model of work can only be afforded by companies with a low level of complexity, it is worth noting that even much larger players placed their bet on remote work, e.g. Automattic, creators of WordPress.com, with crew of more than 700 people.

Work is therefore not a specific place that you have to visit to perform and carry out your duties properly. Work is a task that you do from anywhere to achieve a given goal. At the same time, the level of their execution, your expertise and the ability to work in a team are the main determinants of your value.
 

Why is it worth trying remote work?

There are many reasons, although Michał Śliwiński points to the most important ones during the lecture at Inspire Stage. It is primarily the freedom of choice of the place on earth where you want to live and work. The only thing you should consider is whether your perfect place has Internet access. This freedom offered by remote work is also the opportunity to work at any time of the day.

A great advantage for the employer is the ability to recruit by the skills of potential employees, and not by the place of residence. Your company can find great talent that lives on the other side of the world.
 

Is it possible to build interpersonal relationships this way?

Śliwiński argues that it is. Team Nozbe meets once every six months for a week to get to know each other, exchange experiences, talk face to face with a person you know mainly from emails or teleconferences. In turn, the value of the employee is not indicated by the way they dress or how they behave during meetings - their level is determined by the level of tasks they perform. However, in order to implement the culture of remote work, it is necessary to change the mindset. In the age of access to new technologies that facilitate communication and implementation of tasks, the problem may be ... trust in employees and dousing the need for constant control.

You will learn more about this topic from Michał Śliwiński's lecture at the Inspire Stage at infoShare '18.


 

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