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Build the best Remote-Team (2022): Tips & Tricks

Are you struggling to hire your remote team? This article is about the methods that StartUp “ConvertKit” uses to build a team. Das StartUp built a 68-person remote team that’s driving $30 million in annual revenue.

Here are 10 ideas for building a great culture on a remote team.

1. Create a private team podcast

Everyone has the same get-to-know-you conversations. Instead, ask workers about their life stories for a private podcast. The whole team can listen. This strengthens internal company relationships.

2. Build a culture of written communication

This saves many meetings and prevents anyone from feeling left out. This is especially helpful when someone has not attended the meeting. Your team will also be forced to clearly articulate the ideas.


3. Joint “meeting-free” days

The team has no meetings on certain days each week. There should be certain days when the team does not have to get ready for the camera (e.g. hair, makeup, etc.) if they do not want to.

4. Ask, “What did you do this weekend?”

Every Monday morning, a bot is posted on Slack asking participants to share a photo (text or video) from the weekend. This is a great way to get to know employees on a personal level and learn about their families, interests, and lives.


5. Create automatic emails for new team members

Explain how you work, where to find important things (like Slack channels), share fun facts about team members, makeup inside jokes, and more. It’s all automated to help you shape your first 30+ days at the company.

6. Host “unsolicited feedback” sessions

This is where a small team (usually 4-8 people) gathers to talk about someone in the hot seat for 10 minutes as if they were not there. Here are the prompts:

a) What does this person do that you find remarkable? What do you brag about to other people?

b) If the person was going to be promoted in 6 months, what would you tell them now to give them the best chance of getting the job?

c) Assume that you will be working with this person for the next 10 years. Which behavior is not a big deal now, but could become very annoying or frustrating in the future?

This leads to the best compliments, the most constructive feedback, and culture of direct, open conversations.


7. Mandatory fun days

When teams are feeling burned out, force everyone to take the same day off. That means you don’t have to come back with a mountain of Slack messages and emails.

8. Plan conversations to get to know each other

We use a bot to randomly select 3 people each week for a 30-minute get-to-know-you conversation.

A group of three means you always get a dynamic group from a cross-section of the team. This builds relationships and breaks down barriers in product, technology, operations, growth, etc.

9. Organize a meeting 2x a year

A regular face-to-face meeting with your team is one of the most important things you can do. 2x a year was the perfect rhythm for us.

We divide our time: 33% work and strategy, 33% personal contacts, and 33% free time and fun.

The biggest mistake I see companies make is trying to get too much work done on a retreat.

Connections are accelerated so much by great memories and shared experiences. You can ask all participants to record a vlog to keep the memories alive until the next meeting.

10. Donate money together

At a team retreat, we divided our team into 4 groups with one goal: to donate $10,000.

With 50 people on the team, that meant each group had to find about 12 charities to support. Then we regrouped to share who we donated to and why.


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