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22May

How to Onboard and Train New Virtual Team Members

Hiring new employees can feel like a risk. And in fact, it is. SHRM research recently showed that half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months. This places huge import on the interview and onboarding process for a company, especially when a team is distributed.

18Oct

10 Tips for Encouraging Casual Communication in a Remote Team Environment

Casual communication at work happens continually, and is often responsible for generating innovative ideas and initiating smart solutions. In a traditional office environment, where everybody works in the same physical area, such interaction can be anything from a chat in a break room or a couple of minutes before a meeting starts, to mapping out a task with colleagues in the kitchen area and pulling two or three people together for an impromptu meeting.
21Apr

Using Technology to Beat Commute Peak Demands

Recently, the Metro rail system in Washington D.C.—the backbone for people to commute and travel—had an unplanned 29 hour shutdown. With over 700,000 daily weekday boardings, suggestions by employers included using Uber and Lyft, which would only contribute to the already gridlocked rush hour commutes that DC area commuters face. Needless to say, it put DC workers in a tight spot.
21Mar

Tax and Financial Tips for Distributed Teams

Hiring a Remote Team? Double-Check Your Taxable Presence.

01Mar

What Motivates Us the Most When it Comes to Work

It’s the million dollar question, right? How can I get my employees to go the extra mile for me? How do I motivate them to work as hard as possible, short of dictator tactics? With 70% of US workers feeling actively disengaged in their current job, it is truly a question in need of serious consideration. Do you think you know the number one motivator for your employees?
14Jan

10 Ways to Have More Fun in Your Virtual Office

In today’s world of a million “internet science” articles and google searches, it seems like everything has been broken down into digestible easy steps. “How to Make Your Co-Workers Like You”, “How to Be Confident”, “How to Have Fun”. But the thing is, not everything in life can be broken down into a few easy steps. Fun is one of those things. It’s mysterious. It’s intangible. It’s also insanely important.
08Dec

How to Onboard and Train New Virtual Team Members

Hiring new employees can feel like a risk. And in fact, it is. SHRM research recently showed that half of all hourly workers leave new jobs in the first four months, and half of all senior outside hires fail within 18 months. This places huge import on the interview and onboarding process for a company, especially when a team is distributed.
03Dec

Product Vision Roadmap Q4'15 - Part 1

It’s been just shy of 2 months since we released Sococo RS, and we wanted to touch base with our users to provide an update on progress. In general, feedback has been very positive. In particular, the new browser client and guest access features are being well received. There is a lot of exciting work left to do.
27Oct

Major Updates to Sococo

Parallels between home ownership and product ownership

At my house, we’re in the middle of a major renovation project (which is particularly challenging given Sococo is a virtual company, and my home is my office...but that’s another story). The project was well overdue. To say that our kitchen was limiting what my family could do with our home is an understatement. We were well beyond simple upgrades like paint and cabinets. It’s funny how home ownership and software product ownership have so much in common.

Renovating Sococo

13Oct

Working Virtually: A Guide for Extroverts

We’re all familiar with the benefits of working virtually—the flexibility to work where and when you want, the freedom to choose the best work environment for your needs… In most cases, all you need is a strong WiFi connection, and the world is your oyster. It’s a far cry from dingy cubicles and awkward co-worker relations of careers past—and you can’t beat the morning commute.