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Satellite workers without "remote native"

Published : Oct 26, 2022
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Oct 2022
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The term "remote team setup" does not just describe one setup; it encompasses multiple patterns and flavors. And many teams have been changing patterns recently. They're coming out of the "everybody always remote" mode that was forced on them by a pandemic and moving into a pattern of (often rotating) satellite workers, where part of the team is co-located and part of the team is remote. We see many of them failing to properly consider what this means for their ways of working. Satellite workers without "remote native" ways of working is a slip back into privileging co-located practices. In a setup with satellite workers, it's important to still use "remote native" processes and approaches by default. For example, if the co-located part of the team joins a meeting together, they should still all be on their individual laptops to participate in digital collaboration or meeting chat. Teams need to be aware of the risk of excluding their satellite workers and creating silos and feelings of exclusion. If you know that you'll always have at least one satellite team member, the default ways of working should assume remoteness.

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