The Remote Roundup June 04, 2021
If you have ever been looking for a remote work strategy you may have noticed there exists a huge gap in between great insights and everything else out there.
So, we created The Remote Roundup where we will scour the internet for the best remote work content and give our analysis on one article while ranking the top 4 blogs of the week.
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Ok, let's get started with the top remote content for the first week of June.
Top Article: Remote Work Can Help or Hinder Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Nika White is the owner of a 100% remote DEI consulting business and has seen firsthand how remote work can allow businesses to hire a more diverse workforce.
This is crucial when you look at the workforces of tech giants like Google where just 4% of their workforce in the U.S is Black or Hispanic and at Facebook, it is just 3.9%.
Remote work as she explains helps companies expand their talent pool and recruit people who normally they wouldn't talk to for a myriad of reasons. Whether it be recruiting, location, or even resume bias, many people of color or gender identity don't get the opportunity to interview for high-profile tech jobs.
For organizations looking to change that, especially during pride month, the benefits are obvious. One study showed some companies can have up to a 35 percent increase in financial performance with a more ethnically diverse workforce.
Remote work also creates a more inclusive and equitable environment than an office setting or co-working space. Many LGBTQ folks and people of color feel they have code switch or adjust their demeanor and appearance to move up the corporate ladder.
She found in one study that 48 percent of college-educated Black adults under the age of 50 felt the need to code-switch in order to fit in with their white counterparts. Remote work can make minority groups feel more comfortable and be their true selves without having to deal with the micro-aggressions and social dynamics of an office in the U.S.
However, if you do embrace diversity in your hiring practices you have to make sure you are as inclusive as possible. She says to make conscious efforts to include everyone in company events and hold regular 1:1s. As we all know from a year sheltering in place, you can sometimes feel very isolated and not talk to anyone for days.
You also have to be aware of the realities that many people face even across the U.S. Not everyone has the privilege of not sharing a workspace with family, 24hr rapid internet connections, or having to take care of kids. She cites a study where only one in five Black workers and about one in six Hispanic workers can work from home in their current profession.
So how do you create a more inclusive remote work environment and branch our your hiring practices? Here is what Nika does:
- In a remote work environment, things can slip through the cracks. By keeping high-touch points and making intentional communication a crucial part of our workplace, we’re able to be as clear, compassionate, and connected as possible, which keeps DEI at the forefront.
- A generous PTO policy (4 weeks), allows all of their employees to take a step back, decompress and take time for their mental and physical needs.
- In a remote-work environment, expressing compassion and empathy when someone may be silently struggling is very important. Whenever someone asks for a day off or has their camera turned off, they aren't questioned.
Remote work has the potential to create a much more culturally and ethnically diverse workforce but it won't happen overnight. Employers have to be conscious of the social realities many minorities still face and embrace the differences.
It will only pay off in the long run.
Top Remote Work Blog posts
4. Oyster interviews how Roberto Jasso Landed His First Remote Job
Roberto Jasso is a A PHP backend developer from Querétaro, Mexico, who was fed up by the lack of opportunity to travel with the standard corporate jobs in his home country.
He joined a remote readiness program during the Pandemic and he learned how to search and apply for remote roles and perform in a remote environment.
He eventually landed a role with an El Salvador-based software-development company. He can now travel back to Guadalajara to visit his family and friends during a normal work week without using any vacation time.
3. Friday.app talks the best way to plan for sprints
Friday defines a sprint as a specific length of time that you work with your team to complete goals and tasks.
Here is their 5 step plan to plan for your next remote sprint:
- Review the sprint backlog
- Estimate stories & points
- Determine capacity
- Determine velocity
- Agree on issues for the new sprint
2. CIO Dive talks how to successfully lead a team in a remote work environment
CIO Dive argues that even in hybrid work environment, managers should lead their teams with a remote first mind set. This means even though you may be meeting in the office 3 days a week you should still keep all conversations, projects, and processes as if you were remote.
This means using the respective apps, practicing asynchronous communications, and documenting everything.
Here are their four key points teams must continue to do as they go back to the office.
- Optimizing Communication
- Providing Effective Feedback
- Ensuring Advancement and Growth Opportunities
- Empower Employees
1. Workplaceless Uncovers asynchronous work
Workplaceless goes over how asychronous communication can help teams adjust to the return to the office and improve remote operations. Remote employees need time to connect, time to process, time to reflect, and time to deliver.
Asychronous communication helps them do that. It helps everyone work at their own schedule and still submit work on time.
Check out their full list of benefits of asychronous communication in this weeks top remote blog article.
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