Chee works every Monday and Friday from home and has some “cool fun hacks” for others.
Many remote working Atlassian staff dial-in to a video conference and publish their status on Slack for people to dip in for an informal chat, creating a kind of virtual water cooler.
“You just get on the line and people dial in and say hi,” Chee says.
She adds that it’s more important when working remotely to document your activities.
“We call it working out loud, so basically sharing what you’re up to on those remote days, maybe opening up your calendar or setting up your status on Slack saying what you’re doing, just so people know what you’re up to,” she says.
Bosses should be made aware too, so that you have “the ability to be anxiety free and know your manager and team is totally cool with you working one day a week at home because of how that helps you,” Chee says.
For those that go to the office less frequently, Chee recommends maximising the social element of visits.
“Make sure you get dedicated time in person at intervals through the year, where you can focus that time on connection and bonding,” she says.
“There’s no point in flying all the way into the city to spend seven days in a conference room just doing what you could do virtually. So you really want to take advantage of the time and make that be a social experience and create trust.”
Another tip is to simple “just go outside” once in a while, Chee says.
“Go outside, check your mail, walk around for a minute and take a fresh air break,” she adds.
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