Working Remote and Sharing a Meal: practicing company values beyond the office
Working remote is full of perks but of course, there are challenges as well. The obvious challenges are easy to address: provide opportunities for social engagement, leadership development, 1:1 mentoring, communicate, communicate, communicate, swag… the same types of initiatives provided in an office setting, but modified to be perpetuate success amongst a distributed team.
But what about incidental acts of kindness? Gestures that stem from the company’s culture, demonstrations of shared values. The unscheduled moments that arise organically in an office setting can, with enough thought, transfer into the remote work environment.
We weren’t going to give up. So instead of tasking a bunch of developers with figuring out how to digitally simulate an in-person assemblage, we thought of an alternative: extend the invitation to our community’s community. Since remote work gives our team greater flexibility with time and location, we recognize that those qualities are sought after for a reason and we need to keep those reasons in mind. Many of us want to spend less time commuting and more time with the people we love, free of geographical constraints. We value the opportunity to work with greater freedom and independence. So naturally, a dinner invitation Clevertech-style shouldn’t define a time or a place.
And so #ClevertechOutToEat began!
Because isn’t that the truth? Remote work can be very challenging merely because of the lack of in-person interaction. Even in a company like ours, where every workday begins with a team video call, the feeling of isolation is lessened but not snuffed out. However, a common attribute of a successful remote employee is having a solid support system along this journey. And the extent of appreciation for our extended community is evident in the stories that our team shares.
Amber, South Carolina
It has been a long time since we thought about freedom and independence. Having freedom means we could have gone there much sooner. And being independent, as we have been since we made our first decision to live together, means that times like this should be much more frequent.
However, we never stop to think we can, and we always have an excuse not to (children, tiredness, etc).
So, thanks Clevertech for this culture, and for this moment; made us think twice about the decisions we can make.
Emily, United States
Andre, United Kingdom
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