What to consider when employees need to start working remotely

The COVID-19 crisis is touching all aspects of society, including how we work. In response, many companies are considering asking some percentage of their workforce to work remotely until the crisis abates.

If your organization doesn’t have a great deal of experience with remote work, there are a number of key things to think about as you set up a program. You are going to be under time constraints when it comes to enacting an action plan, so think about ways to leverage the tools, procedures and technologies you already have in place. You won’t have the luxury of conducting a six-month study.

We spoke to a few people who have been looking at the remote working space for more than a decade and asked about the issues companies should bear in mind when a large number of employees suddenly need to work from home.

The lay of the land

Alan Lepofsky, currently VP of Salesforce Quip, has studied the remote work market for more than a decade. He says there are three main pieces to building a remote working strategy. First, managers need to evaluate which tools they’ll be using to allow employees to continue collaborating when they aren’t together.


Percona CEO Peter Zaitsev discusses working remotely with Fortune Magazine

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working remotelyAs a company that believes in and supports the open source community, embracing innovation and change is par for the course at Percona. We wouldn’t be the company we are today without fostering a culture that rewards creative thinking and rapid evolution.

Part of this culture is making sure that Percona is a place where people love to work, and can transmit their passion for technology into tangible rewards – both personally and financially. One of the interesting facts about Percona’s culture is that almost 95 percent of its employees are working remotely. Engineers, support, marketing, even executive staff – most of these people interact daily via electronic medium rather than in person. Percona’s staff is worldwide across 29 countries and 19 U.S. states. How does that work? How do you make sure that the staff is happy, committed, and engaged enough to stay on? How do you attract prospective employees with this unusual model?

It turns out that not only does it work, but it works very well. It can be challenging to manage the needs of such a geographically diverse group, but the rewards (and the results) outweigh the effort.

The secret is, of course, good communication, an environment of respect and personal empowerment.

Percona’s CEO Peter Zaitsev recently provided some of his thoughts to Fortune magazine about how our business model helps to not only to foster incredible dedication and innovation, but create a work environment that encourages passion, commitment and teamwork.

Read about his ideas on Percona’s work model here.

Oh, and by the way, Percona is currently hiring! Perhaps a career here might fit in with your plans . . .

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