4 Tips to Successfully Manage Your Remote Team

Posted by Sarah Robinson-Yu on Mar 31, 2020 8:30:00 AM

6 minute read

With most organizations implementing a mandatory work-from-home policy to comply with the global effort to reduce physical distancing, many managers are finding it difficult to adapt to a new way of management. Previously, managers could easily walk to their employees' desks, ask about their current workload and offer any assistance while monitoring the progress towards deliverables. Now, managers are finding themselves either in the dark as to what their team is up to, or they're feeling like they're micromanaging to the extreme. 

But let's get one thing straight: you will never be able to manage a remote team the same way that you did it in an office. That being said, you need to let go of all the habits that you've built up over the years and get ready to adopt a new way of thinking.

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How Companies are Handling COVID-19 in Their Communities

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Mar 27, 2020 9:45:00 AM

5 minute read

During times of unprecedented crisis many are at a loss in terms of how to respond. I was looking at some research from a PWC study, which noted before COVID-19, that 69% of leaders had faced a crisis situation in the last 5 years. Also pre-COVID-19, only 54% of companies had developed a crisis plan. What does this data tell us then? 

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Topics: Community, News

Why I'm Not Doing Social Distancing

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Mar 26, 2020 9:00:00 AM

3 minute read

I am certain by now you have heard the term social distancing or seen the hashtag #socialdistancing. If you are not aware, the concept of social distancing is to keep 2 meters or 6 feet away from anyone else so as not to spread COVID-19. Some of you reading this are doing it, and there are some who are not at all. It seems this is a crucial act in stop spreading the virus.

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The Power of Online Community Forums When The World Changes

Posted by Adrian Speyer on Mar 18, 2020 9:00:00 AM

5 minute read

There is something about that old curse "may you live in interesting times". 

We live on precipice of science figuring out how to reverse aging, tourists going to Mars and self-driving trucks. We are also in the scary time of a major pandemic, with unprecedented consequences. The longer COVID-19 is a real threat and our normal routines are changed, the more there will be elements that will become part of our habits. For example, I thought I was a frequent hand washer before, but now knowing how unclean so many places are, I think more hand washing will be in my future. Hopefully companies come up with a better way to keep the hand moisturized after so many washes.

There are also other lessons, though, and important ones for you and your online community. Ones that can be helpful now and after. Let's jump in.

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Vanilla and COVID-19

Posted by Luc Vezina on Mar 12, 2020 3:55:57 PM

1 minute read

In light of the rapid progression of COVID-19, and in the spirit of protecting our employees, families and communities, Vanilla has decided to close our two offices and institute a work from home policy.

Even though the number of cases is extremely low in our area (Montreal and Ottawa), we want to do everything we can to help slow the spread. We join our voices to our many peers that have done the same. We encourage other businesses that can establish a work from home policy to do the same to help us flatten the curve.  

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