Jason Fried has an excellent write-up on the pros and cons of using group chat for the team communications, and some of the ways to make it better. We use HipChat in the company and while it’s vital to our operations and I can’t even begin to think how we could do what we do without it, it does have some negative side effects – exactly as James describes them.
The most valuable advice out of that long article is this one (I’ve heard it before a few times, but it’s worth repeating):
Think about it like sleep. If someone was interrupted every 15 minutes while they were trying to sleep, you wouldn’t think they’d be getting a good night’s sleep. So how can getting interrupted all day long lead to a good day’s work?
Remote work is a complex subject. More and more individuals want to do it, yet very few companies offer it. Communications, project management, knowledge sharing, remunerations, time tracking, team building – are just some of the issues.
Here’s the list of 10 companies that are very successful with their remote work cultures (read the article for details):
- Automattic (aka “the WordPress people”)
- Help Scout
Here is something you don’t read every day:
Internet companies across China are embracing programming cheerleaders, pretty, talented girls that help create a fun work environment. Their job includes buying programmers breakfast, chitchatting and playing ping-pong with them.
According to the HR manager of an Internet company that hired three such cheerleaders, its programmers are mostly male and terrible at socializing, and the presence of these girls have greatly improved their job efficiency and motivation.