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    Sounds interesting! Yeah, I wonder if latency would be an issue, and if employees would have concerns about remote work surveillance.

    Followed you on PH too :)

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      Hey Alexandra,

      Latency can be an issue depending of the datacenters location. If you’re cloud computer is located near a datacenter, you should not have any problems with this.

      However, you can still encounter problems because of your local connection. I traveled in SEA in January through March and I was connected to a datacenter in Singapore. Except a few bad wifi network, the performance of my laptop was great.

      For remote work surveillance, I believe it can be useful for freelancers since people have gotten bad experience before. The in-house surveillance is possible but since remote work is a different thinking, it’s only checked by management when something is going wrong (a lot of missed deadlines by example).

      Hope I was able to help :)

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      Hey Alexandra. We are using Donut for weekly coffee chat and last Christmas we used https://www.pizzatime.xyz/ to enjoy a nice pizza pie all at the same time.

      I’m trying to push our remote culture forward and I discovered recently a remote escape room. It might be something we might consider in the future. Here’s the link: https://www.tryreason.com/moonshot/

      If you’re focusing on shooting “great work everyone”, I have tested https://joinassembly.com/ a couple of weeks ago but it’s didn’t work for us. It can be great for peer-to-peer recognition tho.

      Hope this help!

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        Wow, those are really interesting services! I know of an alternative to Assembly called HeyTaco (where the coins are tacos instead) - why didn’t Assembly work for your team?

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          It was an engagement problem. Not everyone was on board and they didn’t use the platform that much. It can work for you but you need to remind the team to use it I guess.

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        Wow that looks interesting! I love how there’s already common topics set in place and there’s integrations with G Calendar too. This reminds me of https://aboutsnack.com/ which I chanced upon on PH, and they have some interesting prompts too for users.

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          Thanks for the feedback, Alexandra.

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          Hey Gabriel!

          Love the stories and nuances of remote work that you shared. Have you found more ways to build better work relationships?

          The worst: I would say that, on my end, the worst aspect of remote work is the lack of work relationships. I love to talk to my colleagues and share about our weekends and I don’t find this aspect with remote work.

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            Hey Alexandra, I just commented on the introductions thread too - I find the use case Teamo is solving really cool and important at the same time :)

            We just recently did an all-remote dance, recreating The Office Wedding Dance :P (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpJP0lfF6GM&feature=youtu.be). We were just celebrating each other’s efforts in these tough times!

            I was going to suggest that a slack plug-in for Teamo would be great, but I see that you already have that covered :).

            I also think that if there were a way to give a financial bonus, that would be great too. I am not sure if that is already possible, but I think that would add another dimension of recognition.

            I could imagine allocating some budget to each of my teammates. They can then award each other whenever they feel some recognition is deserved. The quantum of the award is sort of immaterial, but it is just the act - that’s the spirit that even Teamo is promoting, I guess :)

            Hope this helps!

            P.S. I just joined Teamo’s Beta!

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              Just got the chance to watch the video haha - how awesome! Love that teams are finding different ways to celebrate.

              Our Slack plugin would be for users to quickly share it with their coworkers of the same channel except for the intended recipient, so stay tuned! Great suggestion on the financial bonus - that’s definitely on our mind.

              Indeed, it’ll be great if each team member has some budget allocated to them so that he/she can gift their teammates without approval from team managers. With the trend of remote work, we hope that teams would adjust to that arrangement as well and promote the spirit of encouraging teammates for any occasion.

              Nevertheless, we would be making the pricing for each card affordable for any team member to initiate one!

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                Haha, thank you :)

                Sounds great Alexandra. The Slack plug-in would work very well to also remind and motivate individuals to give a card to someone. Maybe someone messages another person the most - suggest that they give them a gift card. So not only does it help in the execution but also the initiation.

                Looking forward to using it soon :)

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              Sounds exciting!

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                Cheers Alexandra

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                Hey everyone!

                I’m Alexandra and I’m the co-founder of Teamo 🚀(https://teamo.team), a platform for teams to create social and lively group cards and celebrate their teammates.

                I’m excited to be here in this community with all of you, and I’m looking forward to reading about all kinds of experiences you guys felt when remote working!

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                  Hey Alexandra, This is a super use case that Teamo is solving - congrats! I was just thinking the other day that it has been a while since we formally recognised someone in our team. It does become a little tough to appreciate the effort put in when people are not next to you.

                  Welcome to Remote Clan. Eager to learn a lot from you :)

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                  Great sharing! I’d have imagined that remote working for a product manager would be harder, since the day-to-day job entails so much more collaboration with different stakeholders (e.g. engineering managers, users, engineers).

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                    Totally! Managing multiple teams/stakeholders seems super tough. But holding ideation sessions must be even more crazy. Somehow, I have found the abstract sessions to be far more difficult in a remote environment.

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                      It is super difficult! Haha it’s by no means easy.

                      What’s helped me the most is always screen sharing whatever I’m talking about. Having visuals and references in front of you and the team makes all the difference. It’s easy to miscommunicate in a remote environment. Using tools like Miro helps too to draw and drop ideas as you run through the process of ideation and planning.

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                        Great points!

                        While a lot of remote work literature talks about async, I’ve also found that in the initial and final days of any release, a larger overlap helps. I also promote quick video calls+ call notes instead of long exchange of messages.

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                          100% agree with you!

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