There's a longstanding rumor that hangs heavy over the startup community. The word 'startup' alone insinuates endless hours spent cramped in an office, tolling away long after 5pm, accompanied by nothing but an open-floorplan and the heavy odor of burnout.
Not only is it false, but extremely ineffective.
For those old enough to remember, the startup boom during the .com era was riddled with innovation and grueling employee fatigue. But what those early pioneers didn't realize yet, outrageous work schedules don't produce efficiency.
Healthy work-life balance is the core of happy employees and successful startups.
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So, how does remote work really work?
Successful remote work policies are completely unique to the company, department and roles, and there's a big reason why. Some roles, like engineers, can perform their jobs anywhere and usually benefit from putting their heads down in isolation. Because their position doesn't typically require the need for face-to-face communication, remote work policies are often appropriate.
...and they just work from home, 24/7?
Not necessarily. It's more about offering flexibility for the people who want it or need it, but it doesn't end there. Allowing people to work outside of the office is only half of the policy. Employers need to be steadfast in their dedication for creating opportunities for remote employees to engage with the team online and in-person.
Interesting, tell me more.
At Censys, our remote policy allows us to bring the most talented people onto our team, no matter where they're located. Because of this, we double down on tools and team building to ensure people are connected, informed and engaged. Whether that's by adding a Zoom link to every meeting (yes, every meeting) or flying remote team members to Detroit for a company outing, we've learned our team is the most successful when they have a sense of community.
Building a successful remote work policy and a strong sense of community isn't easy. Luckily for you, we're sharing our journey with you by outlining how to tackle remote work. Curious to learn more?
What you'll learn:
- How to create and manage remote teams
- The tools & programs you need for success
- The financial benefits
- and so much more 😊
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Dave Corcoran is a serial software startup entrepreneur, angel investor, and recognized expert in the identity and authentication space. He was CEO and founder of TrustBearer Labs, which was acquired by Symantec, and is currently the CEO of Censys. Censys is an emerging leader in the information technology and services space, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, that collects and enriches Internet data so you can find unknown corporate assets and prevent threats.