Dealing with the causes of stress in remote teams
Finally got around to reading Human Made’s Dealing with the causes of stress in remote teams, authored by Siobhan McKeow (who also led the WordPress Book efforts). The white paper is excellent! There are many positive benefits to remote working that are well documented elsewhere. Less documented are the specific stressors related to remote working. Prioritization, routines, and boundaries are all suggested as themes for combating stress in a remote culture.
I thought the most interesting portion was this table included from another survey regarding the biggest challenges faced by virtual teams. Pace of decision making and level of participation are hard to get right in my experience – it can be easy to have a quick Slack chat and feel like you’ve reached consensus, but if someone’s not tuned in at that particular moment, the decision making process can get messy later on. All in, well worth the time to read!