Can we be a 100% remote org? We asked our people & here’s what they said.

Vidhya Abhijith
Apr 9 · 3 min read

COVID19 the pandemic, is awakening every organization to a whole new possibility. Codewave’s glad to be a part of this transformation that’s so deep & wide, pushing us to adapt to the new normal, in our own unique ways.

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We asked our people, what does it take for Codewave to be a 100% remote organization?

These are the key points / highlights that emerged.

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Challenge #1: For “context-setting” that happens everyday at various levels in various groups — when the context is always driven by a strong purpose / vision / intention / empathy, communicating ideas over video seems to be often limiting, given that a lot of this is conveyed through silences, pauses & through body language. Additionally the core message needs to percolate to everyone, without compromising on the intensity of the central idea / motive. Ensuring content is delivered in the most effective way, evoking maximum participation & response — seems to be a challenge virtually.

Challenge #2: For projects requiring physical / hardware device / firmware level integrations (applicable for IoT projects), the mobile engineering team predicted a few challenges with development & testing. This may not be applicable for software-only projects. Eventually, we may find cloud alternatives for virtual simulations and testing.

We then went round the table and listened to everyone narrating how their routines changed & what they loved most about being home.

These are the key points / highlights that emerged.

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People who travel to their native on long weekends or twice a year on planned long leaves — are now looking at their connections with their roots very differently. They’re now appreciating the leisure time they get to spend with their mother & father, which otherwise was missing in their urban, metro life. They also appreciated how they could simply offer companionship to their mothers, during the evenings.

Presence at their birth home, seems to be certainly strengthening, deepening the relationship with parents & children. Home cooked meal is becoming permanent fashion.

To summarize, with common work timings, robust internet infra at our homes & tools to enable self-managed work sprints — organizations can be geared to go 100% remote.

Codewave is a design led technology development services company. Codewave has no managers. It adopts radical transparency, sharing the firms contract terms, margins and revenue with all its members. Performance review discussions happen among peers. All management practices are grounded on trust and common-sense. No silly office timings or vacation rules. It’s no surprise then that our culture is loved, attrition rates negligible and customer satisfaction high. Our practices are evoking a lot of interest and curiosity among modern day organizations.

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