How we fought loneliness, inefficient communication and collaboration as a distributed team

Sammy Schuckert
Dec 18, 2018 · 3 min read

A hack for more efficient remote team collaboration

For us working remotely for three years with a completely distributed team of 3 people today and 7 people in 2016/17 by the time we built @thangs is quite an experience. Besides having fantastic freedom, inefficient communication and collaboration quickly became our biggest challenge. Some of us even felt lonely and disconnected.

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Sounds familiar?

We knew we needed to change something. We started experimenting. We made it mandatory for our team to work at least an hour-long session with video on (via the platform of choice for video conferencing) 3 times per week. This rule helped us a bit dealing with these issues. But still, it didn’t feel right. One problem we ran into with these tools, having to set up a dedicated call. Setting up these calls was horrible and someone always needed to be the host or being kept busy inviting others. And the pressure on us to turn on our webcam, even if we just crawled out of bed.

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It’s time we rethink remote team communication, together.

Sammy Schuckert

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UX Designer @IBMDesign, M.A. Strategic Design @hfggmuend, advocate of the sharing economy, part-time digital nomad, CEO @thangsapp & @getlito – views are my own

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It’s time we rethink remote team communication, together.

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