Work Your Way is our new blog series in which individuals give their honest answers about how they like to work when working remotely. From how to create and maintain a work culture when working remotely, to how they best like to work remotely, they share their insights and top tips.
Rajeeb Dey, Founder and CEO of Learnerbly shares with us his thoughts on how the company has been impacted by remote working and what that new reality really means. Learnerbly a professional development platform that empowers employees to future proof their careers while supporting businesses to build a culture of learning.
What is the biggest advantage to the company of working remotely?
The biggest advantage is that we have access to a truly global talent pool. Even as a relatively small company with just over 30 employees we have colleagues based (either permanently or temporarily) across the world such as France, Spain, South Korea, Ghana, India, UAE, Bangladesh, Netherlands, Spain, Germany in addition to the UK of course!
Remote-Friendly or Remote-First?
We were previously remote-friendly however since March during the first lockdown we switched to full-remote and didn't renew our office lease in July. We're now remote-first and has subsequently reviewed all our systems and processes to adjust to this new reality.
How do you keep remote work visible?
I'm not sure whether that's what we intend to do. At Learnerbly we operate with a culture of trust and ownership. It's more important that colleagues are able to get their work done and deliver against their own objectives vs necessarily being 'visible.' That said our internal communication tools like Slack and Zoom are pivotal to enable regular interaction and ensure people can collaborate and support each other.
How do you maintain and create a company culture when working remotely?
We do a whole bunch of things such as our Slack High Fives channel to recognise great contributions from colleagues which helps reinforce our values. We do our Friday Wins where team members share their highlights and learnings from the week; we also ensure we are as transparent about everything we do as possible. For example, we share our Employee Guide publicly and Marie, our People Ops Manager, has also written a blog re how we have handled the shift to remote and maintained our culture. We find that being open about these things helps any new joiner get acclimatised quickly and know what to expect.
Where is your favourite place to work from when working remotely?
As we are remote-first I am working from home permanently. Sadly I don't have any exotic lockdown location nor am I leading a 'nomadic' lifestyle which some of my colleagues have embraced ie taken the chance to spend a few months abroad. I've settled to working from my study/home office - it doesn't have the classic Zoom bookshelf backdrop but it works for me.
A big thank you to Rajeeb for his honest answers and insights into Learnerbly. Make sure you check out Learnerbly.