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Feel at Home in a Distributed Company:
How to Retain Your Remote Staff
Members?
Anastasia Raspopina,
Marketing Specialist
...
2
Why am I speaking about going remote?
- 4+ years of remote work experience
- 2 different companies (+ interactions with ...
3
Some Statistics from Bitrix24 &
J’son& Partners Consulting Agency (2015)
- A remote employee can help a corporation
save...
4
Freelancer and Remote Staff Member:
What’s Different (And Why Bother?)
Freelancer
- One-time interaction
- ‘Sink or swim...
How to make staff feel at
home?
Internal Communications
7
Not Completely Remote: Meetings
- Meetings for staff from
the same department
(planning)
- Meetings for staff from
the s...
8
Management Is Accessible
- All-Company Calls (Monthly Practice)
- CEO Weekly Chat
- CEO Anonymous Feedback Form
- Staff ...
9
Corporate Newsletter and… Book!
- We have a monthly newsletter (‘The
Percona Insider’) to repeat the most
important anno...
Work and Life Balance
11
Paid Time Off
- 20 working days (Saturdays and
Sundays excluded) per year
- 10 days for national all-country
holidays (...
12
Flexible Hours
- Most positions at Percona include
flexible hours (you can complete
your tasks by certain date, not in
...
Professional Growth
Opportunities
14
Training, Courses and Books
- Certifications and trainings
are picked by staff members
and then sent to managers
for ap...
15
Transforming Newcomers into Experts
- All staff members with technical roles are encouraged to
blog in Percona Database...
Simple Human Things :)
17
If Home isn’t the Best Place to Work from...
- Co-working rooms are paid
for some staff members who
have small babies o...
18
Handling Staff Life Events
- Positive family changes
(weddings / births)
- Sad family changes
(losses and funerals)
- S...
19
Fun to Work With (q) - Positive Atmosphere
- Support humor,
transparency and
informal style where
possible (not
everywh...
20
Percona Alumni (not just ex-Perconians)
- Offboarding is no less
important than
onboarding
- Let people try new
opportu...
21
Multiple Cultures in the Team
- Treat representatives of
different cultures with
respect
- Encourage them to share
inte...
22
Something Physical to Keep - Company Souvenirs
- Happy Holidays postcards
- Corporate T-shirts
- High Performance MySQL...
So… is everyone happy?
24
Well, you can never be 100% sure, but...
1. Glassdoor rating = 4.7 out of 5
2. People come back to Percona
(no less tha...
25
Read More
English:
http://fortune.com/2016/01/26/remote-workers-business/
http://blog.hubstaff.com/why-let-employees-wo...
26
Questions? And… Send Superheroes Our Way!
Thank you!
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Анастасия Распопина, Percona — Feel at Home в на 90% распределённой компании: как удержать сотрудника-удалёнщика?

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Анастасия Распопина, Percona — Feel at Home в на 90% распределённой компании: как удержать сотрудника-удалёнщика?

  1. 1. Feel at Home in a Distributed Company: How to Retain Your Remote Staff Members? Anastasia Raspopina, Marketing Specialist (Percona)
  2. 2. 2 Why am I speaking about going remote? - 4+ years of remote work experience - 2 different companies (+ interactions with MANY more as both companies hold IT conferences) - 2+ years of work for a virtual global company (Percona, HQ in Raleigh, NC) - 150 Perconians reside in 30 countries of the world - Percona is 90% distributed (people work from home, only 10% of them have desks at HQ, but these desks are not always used - so everyone is remote!) - Percona got media coverage and industry recognition for going remote the ‘right’ way (see links on slide 25) - Corporate book and newsletter brought me enough information to share
  3. 3. 3 Some Statistics from Bitrix24 & J’son& Partners Consulting Agency (2015) - A remote employee can help a corporation save up to 170,000 rubles/year - In the next 5 years remote staff will become a common practice in Russia - 20% of employees in Russia will work remotely by 2020 - Now less than 1% Russians work remotely (in comparison with 34-36% in the US, according to McKinsey) - Find more interesting facts here: http://bit.ly/2msTiF9
  4. 4. 4 Freelancer and Remote Staff Member: What’s Different (And Why Bother?) Freelancer - One-time interaction - ‘Sink or swim’ attitude (very often) - Relatively easy to find a replacement (one task / no regular responsibilities) Remote Staff Member - Long-term relationship - Company is interested in his/her professional growth - Harder to find a replacement (series of tasks / regular responsibilities)
  5. 5. How to make staff feel at home?
  6. 6. Internal Communications
  7. 7. 7 Not Completely Remote: Meetings - Meetings for staff from the same department (planning) - Meetings for staff from the same region (parties) - In the picture: Perconians from Philippines (2017 party)
  8. 8. 8 Management Is Accessible - All-Company Calls (Monthly Practice) - CEO Weekly Chat - CEO Anonymous Feedback Form - Staff members get public praise at these calls
  9. 9. 9 Corporate Newsletter and… Book! - We have a monthly newsletter (‘The Percona Insider’) to repeat the most important announcements, spotlight Perconians of the Month and congratulate staff members on important family changes - For Percona’s 10th Anniversary (2016), we have started the Percona Book project
  10. 10. Work and Life Balance
  11. 11. 11 Paid Time Off - 20 working days (Saturdays and Sundays excluded) per year - 10 days for national all-country holidays (for Perconians to sync with their family members working for local companies in their countries)
  12. 12. 12 Flexible Hours - Most positions at Percona include flexible hours (you can complete your tasks by certain date, not in certain time!) - Staff members flex time within the day for doctor’s appointments, picking up kids from school, gym exercises or other external hobbies
  13. 13. Professional Growth Opportunities
  14. 14. 14 Training, Courses and Books - Certifications and trainings are picked by staff members and then sent to managers for approval - Internal Trainings / Mentoring by Percona Experts (if requested) - Book of the Month Practice
  15. 15. 15 Transforming Newcomers into Experts - All staff members with technical roles are encouraged to blog in Percona Database Performance Blog (100+K readers) - Speaking at meetups and conferences is available for everyone if approved by the manager (Events Team coordinates this and offers speaking opportunities)
  16. 16. Simple Human Things :)
  17. 17. 17 If Home isn’t the Best Place to Work from... - Co-working rooms are paid for some staff members who have small babies or other reasons to work from a co-working space - Changing regular schedule for the time of family changes
  18. 18. 18 Handling Staff Life Events - Positive family changes (weddings / births) - Sad family changes (losses and funerals) - Special alias for sharing personal achievements with the team
  19. 19. 19 Fun to Work With (q) - Positive Atmosphere - Support humor, transparency and informal style where possible (not everywhere) - It can be compatible with fully professional attitude
  20. 20. 20 Percona Alumni (not just ex-Perconians) - Offboarding is no less important than onboarding - Let people try new opportunities elsewhere and then welcome them back if they are unhappy there
  21. 21. 21 Multiple Cultures in the Team - Treat representatives of different cultures with respect - Encourage them to share interesting traditions and explain what’s different in their country/region
  22. 22. 22 Something Physical to Keep - Company Souvenirs - Happy Holidays postcards - Corporate T-shirts - High Performance MySQL Book (signed by authors) - Branded souvenirs - Stickers
  23. 23. So… is everyone happy?
  24. 24. 24 Well, you can never be 100% sure, but... 1. Glassdoor rating = 4.7 out of 5 2. People come back to Percona (no less than 5 in 2 years) 3. Many Percona alumni speak highly of the company and often help current Perconians
  25. 25. 25 Read More English: http://fortune.com/2016/01/26/remote-workers-business/ http://blog.hubstaff.com/why-let-employees-work-from-home/ Russian: http://rb.ru/article/kak-uspeshno-rukovodit-udalennymi-sotrud nikami-iz-28-stran-opyt-kompanii-percona/7442397.html
  26. 26. 26 Questions? And… Send Superheroes Our Way!
  27. 27. Thank you!

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