Once considered an office perk, remote work became a necessity seemingly overnight. Many companies across the globe have had to shift most, if not all, of their employees to work from home as the spread of COVID-19 impacted business operations.
As companies continue to grapple with the technological, managerial, and human challenges of telecommuting, they’re also shaping the future of work, as highlighted during a session at a recent CNBC@Work livestream event, “Managing a (Suddenly Remote) Workforce,” sponsored by Workday.
The session featured interviews with Jason Fried, co-founder and CEO of Basecamp and author of several books including “Remote: Office Not Required”; and Laszlo Bock, co-founder and CEO of Humu, former senior vice president, people operations at Google, and author of the book “Work Rules” (photo above).
Here are some of their insights about how to foster a culture that supports remote work at scale, particularly during this challenging time.
Simplify and Unify
When transitioning to remote work, don’t attempt to simulate the physical office environment at home, Fried advised. Instead, designate a central place online for employees to get what they need and collaborate with others.
“I find that the more tools you have and the more separate places,
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