Remote culture experience allows us to work while enjoying different landscapes, cultures and opportunities. It sounds like a dream on the outside, but on the inside it could be a little bit challenging for multiple reasons.
It Is not breaking news that the pandemic helps organisations to be more flexible and let employees work remotely, even at the most traditional companies.
Three of our team members had the experience of a lifetime and shared it with us.
Dario is our tech lead. He has been working in MB for almost a year. Now he is working from Mexico with his girlfriend, after spending 3 months in Chile.
We asked him to share some feedback about his experience, and he suggests starting with baby steps. “We went to Chile to start with a place closer to Argentina. We had always visited Chile on vacation and this was a good opportunity to get to know it better”.
Additionally he brought extra luggage in order to take professional photos with his own equipment.
Visiting other countries was the perfect opportunity to practise his most beloved hobbie: photography.
He took some courses in Argentina but had no time to practise it. The new landscapes and wildlife motivated him to come back to this.
Dario’s final advice: “Don’t pack a lot. You will regret it if you want to move to different destinations. A good idea could be to ask someone at the destination for some advice, or be prepared to buy something if you forgot it.
Overall, the entire experience was absolutely positive! He learned about other mindsets and enjoyed new landscapes.
Belen is one of Mighty Block’s Product Managers. In May, she decided to spend one month in Spain. She wanted to experience Menorca, Valencia & Barcelona off the beaten path and live like a local for a while. She has been there several times just for vacation.
The idea of working for an entire month in Spain appealed to her boyfriend who also works in technology services. Their experience could be named “code and travel”.
She mentioned that not having a travelling busy agenda helps them to do low-cost travelling, because you have the opportunity to choose your flights, apartments, etc. That allowed them to meet old friends again in the Netherlands and Spain and also visit nearby places over the weekend such as Sitges and Tarragona.
But on the other hand, she struggled to work from different time zones, because her time was on a different schedule. She defines herself as a “morning person”, so working until 10 pm was a bit challenging.
We are team players: We have each other’s back. We never feel alone, the team is much bigger than us.
Belen final advice: To minimise the timezone difference she suggests choosing a comfortable place to work from. Be sure to have a good internet connection, a chair, good illumination, etc.
Emiliano also is working from Spain. The most difficult thing at the beginning was to change his daily routine. All the mornings are free, and he has a new routine. For example, he loves doing research. He’s focused on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. During breakfast, check all the news and threads related to blockchain. Also, he makes a list of all the new exciting things that I need to study deeper, like new protocols, papers, or proposals.
Also, this is made up for the possibility of trekking on different routes since the area where he lives (Asturias) has sea and mountains. A different route every single day is amazing! His favourite is The Picu Pienzu route from Mirador del Fitu. It’s a fantastic route to the Pienzu summit, located in Sierra Del Sueve, between the sea and the mountains. From that point, you can see the sea and the big mountains from Picos De Europa, genuinely amazing.
Additionally at those exciting experiences, in Mighty Block we believe that remote culture experience has other benefits: First of all, “remote first” helps to have more direct communication. How many times have you said “this meeting could have been a chat”?
Secondly, it increases accountability because work is guided mainly by self-discipline and intrinsic motivation. Lastly, all the team have a better work life balance.
If you are looking to implement a remote culture experience on your company, this are our pieces of advice
- Collaboration Tools will be the network that keeps the team on the same page: Slack, Confluence, etc.
- A Strong onboarding path will be useful to new hires, because they will need to know who is who and how the company works to feel they are part of the team. It should include the tech training they will need to perform the tasks more efficiently.
- Plan regularly Face to face meetings and activities are fundamental to build the team rapport and bounce new ideas off of each other.
- Well defined and organised process to guide the team so they would be able to do their job correctly even when nobody is there to help with the basic questions.
- Last, but not least: A team player-culture centric is needed for remote work success. One of our core values is about being a team player. It means for us that no matter where you are in the world, we are always a team. We have each other’s back. We never feel alone, the team is much bigger than us. If you don’t have the team player mindset, then working remotely is out of the question.