We were inspired by Morgan's points to balance out the human and the technology pieces of the equation to help build a corporate culture where remote workers are included. It's certainly true that there are differences between working 100% remote versus going into the office everyday. But there are also strategies you can employ to overcome some of those barriers.
Since the Biba team is building a product that helps bridge distance with technology, while also being a distributed team ourselves, these messages really resonated with us and we wanted to share a few thoughts.
A big part of the future of work is continuous productivity. People are on mobile devices (phones, tablets, laptops, and now even watches) and on the go all the time--they're not limited to working from a desk. This means employees both on-site and remote are taking calls on the road, sending emails walking down the street, chatting with colleagues on work issues from cafes, in line for the movies, while on runs, etc. Smart phones are usually the first thing you reach for when you wake up and they’re what put us to sleep--they're always on us, and you’re probably checking that work inbox at dinner. So you have a workforce that's often plugged into work, almost all times of the day.
Then there's the trend towards flexible work, which can help build a positive culture of trust and open collaboration, especially when extended to all employees. This means on-site and remote employees both enjoy the benefits of mixing personal and professional time depending on what they need to succeed. At Biba, we have a number of working parents who have drop-off or pick-up duty to work around. Others have a long commute in and out of the office a few times a week. Some employees spend a time each year visiting family in faraway countries. In all of these cases, work and productivity don’t have to skip a beat because Biba helps them connect from wherever they are.
Culture is built off of communication, which is intrinsically tied to collaboration. Biba being a collaboration app embodies this requirement. Casual and purpose-based chats and chat rooms help tremendously in helping to develop colleague camaraderie and to boost productivity. When building Biba, we included the All-Company Chat Room where every member of the organization can chime into a colorful discussion about this, that, or the other thing. In order to have remote workers collaborate efficiently across time-zones, sometimes you need to have an audio call, so Biba built in the capability to pull a chat or chat room into a call with just one click.
These one-click transitions are built into Biba to make working together easier, no matter where you are, whichever device you're using. By living and breathing the product in our day-to-day lives--both work and play--we've continued to fine-tune Biba to be the perfect tool for the modern employee.
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