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Remote First Podcast

By Daphnée Laforest
The global workforce experienced a big disruption since last year which brought a lot of new organizational cultural challenges. Every week, our host invites leaders of the industry from large or innovative companies to provide insights around scalable strategies for a long-term flexible-work transformation.
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Season 1 - A Workplace Revolution

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28. Unlearning the way we work
Alastair Simpson, VP of design at Dropbox, has been leading the company towards their virtual-first transformation. It being Design-Led is quite unique yet it makes so much sense.  In this episode, Alastair and Daphnée talk about why we need to unlearn the way we know work and how to do that. Alastair walks us through the exact framework Dropbox used for their digital-first transformation. About Alastair Simpson Alastair Simpson is a leader and mentor, serving as VP of Design at Dropbox. He loves working with multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex business and interaction design challenges. Connect with Alastair On LinkedIn Resources Mentioned by Alastair: Designing Your Life by Mark Burnett The Dropbox virtual first toolkit  Reach out - You can reach out to the host Daphnée Laforest on Linkedin :) Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst  Our Partner: Since 2014 Remotive.io is helping top distributed companies hire remote workers. Going remote has opened your company to the world. So going Remotive we'll channel your jobs to the best talents out there. --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/remotefirst/message
37:46
December 06, 2021
27. Wellbeing over climbing the ladder w/Dominic Price, Atlassian
The narrative is changing. Instead of conversations in pockets about ‘the future of work’ it’s now: how do we let our remote team thrive? Or how do we even survive working remotely? In this episode, Dominic Price and Daphnée talk about hiring and onboarding remote team members, shaping the new normal, and mental health. Connect with Dom Visit domprice.me On Linkedin The report Dom mentioned: The Return on Action Report 2021 &  The State of Teams Reach out - You can reach out to the host Daphnée Laforest on Linkedin :) Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst Our Partner: Remotive - Since 2014 Remotive.io is helping top distributed companies hire remote workers. Going remote has opened your company to the world. So going Remotive we'll channel your jobs to the best talents out there.
37:40
November 22, 2021
26. Closing the gender gap with transparent salaries. w/ Jenny Terry, Buffer
Buffer is a fully remote company that is recognized for their culture & openness and transparency. Especially when it comes to Salaries - a topic that is quite a debate recently as companies are looking into the longer term impact of remote work. This week I have the pleasure to chat with Jenny Terry, Director of Business Operations at Buffer. In this episode you will hear: How Buffer set their formula to adjust the salary with benchmarking and bands. If employee get a salary decrease if they change location The challenges and benefits of transparent salaries Why Buffer chose to go with transparent salaries - building trust Gender-pay gap analysis Average salaries of men across the company compared to women People new to WFH experienced that productivity often goes up when people are working from home. Giving equal benefits around the world Links: Book: Psychology of Money Buffer's blog post - How We’ve Lowered Our Gender Pay Gap From 15% to 5.5% Reach out! - You can reach out to the host Daphnée Laforest on Linkedin :) Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst Our Partner: Since 2014 Remotive.io is helping top distributed companies hire remote workers. Going remote has opened your company to the world. So going Remotive we'll channel your jobs to the best talents out there.
36:42
November 08, 2021
25. Hyper-growth while fully-remote w/ Camilla Boyer, Hopin
How do you set the foundation to enable a team to go through hyper-growth entirely remotely? While recently founded in 2019, Hopin has always been fully remote. In 2021, the team quadrupled its size and to do so, they've put together a team dedicated to support this growth which Camilla is part of.  In this episode you will hear:  The Vibe Team at Hopin  The Pillars of Internal Communication in a fast growing Remote-First company  Picking the right tools that will allow your company to scale  That influencing change in ways of working is like an internal marketing campaign  The importance of Story Telling in the Remote World  About the quarterly interactive business review and kick-off event at Hopin  Links:  Hopin Vibe Team  Guru : https://www.getguru.com/  Go Links: https://www.golinks.io/  GreenHouse Analogy: https://runekvist.com/remote-first  --  Reach out - You can reach out to the host Daphnée Laforest on Linkedin :)  Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst  Our Partner: Since 2014 Remotive.io is helping top distributed companies hire remote workers. Going remote has opened your company to the world. So going Remotive we'll channel your jobs to the best talents out there.
27:57
October 25, 2021
24. Asynchronous audio meetings w/ Tyler Sellhorn, YAC
In this episode, we are chatting about a new way to do meetings that does not require you to get on a video-call. We are discovering another startup: YAC. Tyler Sellhorn is an enthusiastic, empathetic educator with a passion for leveraging technology to help others become their best selves. Once, Tyler was a tech-oriented teacher; now, he's a teaching-oriented technologist. Tyler leads the customer facing teams at a the leading audio-first asynchronous meeting solution as the Head of Customer Experience at Yac, and he's an advocate for remote-first workplaces. Send an audio-message to Tyler at http://yac.com/tsell --- Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst
20:28
October 18, 2021
23. Implement your remote-first vision w/ Darren Murph, Gitlab
Season III is getting started with the top companies who have drawn the best remote-first practices. Gitlab famously opened their Handbook at the most important time when everyone needed to learn all about remote work. They also gave birth to a new role : Head of Remote which has been trending in organisations wanting to succeed in their transition to a remote-first company. This week I am discussing with Darren Murph about what it is to be a head of remote and if you need one in your own organisation to set the foundation work of a remote-first mindset. In this episode you will hear: Why gitlab opened their handbook Hybrid on paper sounds like the best of both world Why having a leader to implement and maintain a remote-first way of work is crucial How the open-source world influence the mindset of transparency needed in remote work In a remote-setting, there is no place for unspoken rules, everything needs to be written down Links:  allremote.info - Remote Work Playbook Find Darren @darrenmurph on Linkedin and Twitter Reply with a link: What a head of remote should be Reach out! - You can reach out to the host Daphnée Laforest on Linkedin :)  Leave a review, help us get discovered! - If you found value in this show, we'd love your review on your listening app of choice. It really helps to get the podcast discovered by more and more people. RateThisPodcast.com/remotefirst Our Partner: Remotive - Since 2014 Remotive.io is helping top distributed companies hire remote workers. Going remote has opened your company to the world. So going Remotive we'll channel your jobs to the best talents out there. 
35:30
October 11, 2021
22. Building an equitable culture w/ Eimear Marrinan, Hubspot
This week episode we dive deep into the "culture code" at Hubspot which helps build a culture that enables people to do their best work in their location of choice. Be it @office, @home or in a flex mode, employees at Hubspot can choose which mode works best for them. Eimear Marrinan, Director of Culture at Hubspot explains how they do it so you can too! Learn more about Hubspot Hybrid work Hubspot Culture Code The Future of Work at HubSpot: How We're Building a Hybrid Company  More about Eimear Marrinan : Linkedin link
34:24
September 13, 2021
21. Equity in a hybrid workplace w/ Samantha Fisher, Okta
The biggest challenge companies are facing at the moment is going through doing the heavy-lift of foundational work. How an organisations works at its core is what will make it succeed or not at working in a hybrid way. This week, I am with Samantha Fisher, Head of Dynamic Work at Okta. Sam is a brilliant leader in the industry and thrive at building people-centric workplace experience no matter where an employee is located. You will hear her opinions on creating an Equitable Employee Experience remotely vs in office and how companies need to make this heavy lift to succeed in their digital workplace transformation. 
35:39
August 30, 2021
20. Psychological safety linked to innovation w/ Brian Elliott, Slack
This episode is the second part of an interview with Brian Elliott about the Future Forum, a Think Tank launched by Slack. Lately, they've recently done a study on the impact of remote work on creativity and innovation which is closely intertwined with Psychological safety.   Brian also follows up on the topic of flexibility and add his thoughts about creating of "Flexibility with Predictability".  https://futureforum.com/2021/06/15/future-forum-pulse/
23:04
August 23, 2021
19. Data shows people want flexibility w/ Brian Elliott, Slack
Today I am with Brian Elliott, Executive Leader at Slack, to talk about the Future Forum: A Think Tank that enables leaders to reimagine work through data and dialogue to create a people centric and digital first future of work. Lately, we hear a lot from companies "personal" experience around remote work, but we need more facts, data, research for companies to plan the long term perspective, and understand how this worldwide work experiment will define the way policies and work practices will be designed in the future. The future forum is an initiative that provides key facts and learnings among 10 000+ knowledge workers worldwide.  https://futureforum.com/2021/06/15/future-forum-pulse/
29:49
August 16, 2021
18. The next generation is expecting async video collaboration with Voodle // Startup Series
The next generation is expecting async video collaboration with Voodle // Startup Series
27:36
August 02, 2021
17. The benefits of voice-first communication with Commons // Startup Series
The benefits of voice-first communication with Commons // Startup Series
20:47
July 26, 2021
16. Digital is your new HeadQuarters w Qatalog // Startup Series
How do you currently "log in" the company you worked for? Since there are no offices, no key card, how do you create a culture of belonging and a sense that you are part of an organization structure. With all the tools currently available in the digital workplace, they were not built to work together and it has become a real chaos to find and share information across an organization. This, as part of our Startups for Remote Work Series, I am welcoming Tariq Rauf, Founder and CEO of Qatalog : a work hub that becomes your new digital HQ.  Learn more about Qatalog at https://qatalog.com/ Modern Work Index: https://language.work/
21:36
July 19, 2021
15. Voice AI coach observing you w. Poised // Startup Series
Do you think your team mates are perceiving you the same way you think when on video-meeting? How confident, empathic are you? This week, as part of our Startups for remote work series, I am welcoming Charles Hua, co-founder and CEO of Poised // An AI powered communication coach that provides you personalized feedback and lessons by observing your online meetings.  Take a look at Poised.com
20:28
July 12, 2021
14. Investing in global work solutions w/ Andreas Klinger from Remote-First Capital
Remote First Capital, one of the first investment fund dedicated in companies that improve remote work or develop ideas around the second-degree effect of remote work. This week I am chatting with Andreas Klinger about the latest trends following the workplace revolution of 2020. Andreas is CTO at OnDeck while managing Remote First Capital. He was previously CTO at Product Hunt and Head of Remote at Angelist. 
34:26
July 05, 2021
13. Mastering Virtual Workshop Facilitation with Butter // Startup Series
As part of the Startups for Remote Work Series, this week we are discovering Butter.us, a virtual workshop platform that is disrupting the way we work. Watch the recording in the Butter platform: https://youtu.be/Gq7DgzUfLhU What you will hear: 00:52 - Why did Jakob start Butter.us 6:26 - The technical overload of virtual facilitation 10:53 - Why is Butter making workshops for smooth and fun - Demo 14:48 - Focusing on the most intuitive features 21:16 - How will Butter evolve post-covid in a potential hybrid setup
26:20
June 28, 2021
12. Hybrid is a design problem to solve w/ Ross Chapman, Head of Design at Obodo.
Ross Chapman is renown for his facilitation skills and devotion to create the best virtual workshop experiences. In this episode you will hear his thoughts on the way remote can actually feel more human, the misconceptions of being more efficient at in-person decision making and best practices to facilitate workshops in a remote or hybrid setup.
39:14
June 21, 2021
11. Designing workplace experiences w/ Ryan Anderson - Herman Miller
How will the office look like as companies re-open them while keeping remote work as part of their culture? This week, we are exploring the potential the workplace industry has, to innovate in mobile-work. You probably know Herman Miller for their famous office chairs but did you know they are also working in furniture for travel, and even gaming? I loved to chat with Ryan Anderson about the future of the workspace and how there is so much to come. 
36:31
June 14, 2021
10. Hybrid is distributed by design w/ Leah Sutton - Elastic
Elastic is a fully distributed company of over 2000 employees. They are also providing offices to the benefit of their teams all over the world. They've been a model for designing a workplace that is empowering the best of both world. Today I am so glad to chat with Leah Sutton, SVP Global HR at Elastic, a wonderful conversation that I am sure will help you re-think your idea of successful Hybrid. 
36:60
June 07, 2021
Season 2 - Challenges in the Hybrid Workplace
Hey everyone, here we are May 31st - as promised, I am here to announce the season two with all the guests who are going to have for the summer. And I'm very excited to show you the amazing lineup that is going to be there for the whole summer every week you'll listen to someone very amazing coming to explain their way of work. And especially in season two, I am focusing on the challenges of hybrid and the reason for that is that the whole year and 2021 so far. We talked a lot about the future of work is hybrid. 
08:14
May 31, 2021
Bonus: The journey of workplace disruption
Catching up on Season 1 and looking back at everything we've learned in company of guest from Shopify, Radical Candor, Prezi, Doist, Mural, OysterHR & Human Made. We are taking a break for the month of May to prepare for the launch of Season 2 on May 31st.  Big thank you to remotive.io for supporting the making of this podcast.  Transcript:  Hey everyone. So this is a quick bonus episode to thank you for taking part in the remote first podcast for this first season, it's been an incredible experience and I am going to be telling you a bit more about what's coming. For the season one, we've had amazing guests. It's been an awesome time to listen to other leaders who add experience in a remote first workplace. We've had guests from Shopify, Prezi, Radical Candor. We had people from Doist also from Oyster HR. It's been a really interesting, I loved to have all this conversation with everyone. We talked about remote leadership. We talked about hiring compliance, the limits of asynchronous communication and keeping your team engaged in a remote workplace. I hope that like me, you really appreciated the content and the interviews and discussions we had with the leaders. It's been really fun for me as well to discover also the world of podcasting. So I hope you also liked the experience, I'm taking a little break for the month of May to prepare the lineup that will be launched on May 31st. So on May 31st, I'm launching season 2 where we will be having amazing other guests again, but this time I'm so excited, because we have guests coming from larger companies. This time, we will talk a lot about distributed-by-design at scale. So this is very exciting and I hope that you'll be joining us. Subscribe to the podcast to make sure you won't be missing out on the next season. And if you like to show. I would really appreciate and be so grateful if you could leave a review on any of your listening app of choice, it definitely helps the podcast getting discovered. So thank you so much for taking part of this first journey of the remote first podcast and see you on May 31st. 
02:27
May 10, 2021
8. Keeping your team engaged when apart w/ Laïla von Alvensleben, MURAL
In this episode, you'll hear from Laïla von Alvensleben, Head of Culture & Collaboration at MURAL, who will share some of her precious insights around what makes a team stick together in a virtual workplace. From energizer, facilitating skills to a truly inspiring virtual offsite.  Keeping your team engaged virtually has been a challenge many of you have brought up recently. For those who found themselves suddenly remote, it was like if you were a conductor that lost their orchestra. Many people completely fell out of their comfort zone and were lacking at the right facilitating skills to bring their team together and keep the momentum.  Show note links  Icebreakers: https://www.mural.co/blog/online-warm-ups-energizers Virtual Retreat: https://www.mural.co/blog/2020-mural-virtual-offsite
28:17
April 26, 2021
7. Have we gone too far with Async? w/ Chase Warrington, DOIST
In today's episode, I am having a chat with Chase Warrington from Doist, a company that is defaulting to Asynchronous communication. We discussed the benefits of working that way versus the back and forth of real-time work the "normal" office world has been used to. Never the less, I  love the debate around this topic and we also covered the limits of Async and play devils advocate a bit.  Show note links:  Read more about Doist Async Method Loom for Async video content
36:41
April 12, 2021
6. You can't function remotely without strong company values w/ Siobhan Mckeown, Human Made
Now that you might be redesigning your values to reflect the change you are living in the workplace, use them as a conductor of your orchestra. In a remote and hybrid setting, with the lack of face to face, it is especially important to take the time to think about the way we work and keep each-other accountable. I am so happy to have today Siobhan Mckeown, who is the VP People and Culture at Human Made. She is also the author of the book A life lived remotely and have been involved for years in the WordPress open-source community. She is incredibly smart and down to earth. Someone who has been into remote work before it was cool. Listen in and learn the real impact remote can have on your culture and values.  Show Notes Links:  Human Made public company Handbook How Human Made's values guide our approach to remote work - blog post Siobhan's book: A Life Lived Remotely - If work is hell, then what is working from home? Gitlab Handbook & Coursera
31:49
March 29, 2021
5. Exploring Digital-by-Default at Shopify w/ Maureen Burke
Shopify announced in May 2020 their move to adapt their work processes to be remote-first. To be more accurate: digital by default. Today I am chatting with Maureen Burke who is the Remote Strategy, Program Lead at Shopify, a role she got into right before the pandemic and ended up being more than needed. Listen in to hear more about her thoughts on hybrid culture, great knowledge management & much more. Read more about Work Anywhere
38:38
March 15, 2021
4. Adapting our communication expectations w/ Spencer Waldron, PREZI
How have you been changing your working and communication behaviour to better fit the purpose of having a remote first approach in your current role? In this episode - Spencer Waldron, Director of Global Communication at Prezi, is sharing how we should re-think our day-to-day work habits to succeed in a remote setting. 
36:02
March 01, 2021
3. Radical Candor virtually w/Jason Rosoff, Radical Candor
When most of todays interactions are done via written communications or video calls, it adds an extra layer of difficulty when it comes to leadership skills and communicating feedback. You can never really recreate that human feeling of having a frank conversation face-to-face, feeling the vibe of the other person you're talking to. For this third episode, I am discussing with Jason Rosoff, CEO of Radical Candor, a training and development company he co-founded with Kim Scott in 2017.  Applying the radical candor concept in a remote setting and the challenges that comes with it.  Types of Managers framework Remote First is powered by Remotive.io, the world’s largest remote work community. A job board and a media specialized in helping companies hiring remotely. 
43:55
February 15, 2021
2. Hiring anywhere compliantly w/Ariane Bobiash, OYSTER HR
Guest: Ariane Bobiash from OysterHR Topics discussed - What is considered a compliant contractor versus not compliant or misclassified? - Learning about "Employers of Record" to hire internationally - The benefits for your global team members to be all hired equal - The social impact of remote work  Links from the show: Contractor Risk Assessment Tool Oyster Salary Calculator Contact us Don't hesitate to reach out :) daphnee@remotive.io 
30:23
February 01, 2021
Season 1 - A Workplace Revolution
Guest: Rodolphe Dutel, Founder of Remotive.io This is the very first episode of Remote-First and I am so thrilled to launch this podcast. It's been sitting on my heart for too long and I'm glad to be doing it in collaboration with Remotive.io. During this first season, we will have amazing guests from company founders and leaders of remote and hybrid companies. What I really wish with that podcast is to provide you with key action points from experienced leaders to apply within your own workplace reality. Host: Daphnée Laforest Do reach out if you have any suggestions or questions at daphnee@remotive.io Transcript coming soon...
27:52
January 15, 2021