Workplace Chat: Communication Doesn't Have to Mean Disruption

Collaboration at work is one of the most important values a successful team can embrace. I'd like to show you how to keep collaboration from getting in the way of productivity by setting up Best Practices for all of the tools your team is using. You've seen well-meaning managers and helpful teammates who try to make themselves as available as possible to their team. They respond to email as it comes in, they are always available via chat, and they allow their day to be enveloped in meeting after meeting:

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How to Turn Your Remote Employees Into a Team

This is a guest post by David Schneider, the cofounder of NinjaOutreach. You hear a lot about remote teams and the benefits of each person being able to work from wherever they choose, whenever they want. But you rarely read about the downsides. I’ve been working with a remote team for the last year on our SaaS startup, NinjaOutreach, and I can attest to the fact that it isn’t necessarily all it’s cracked up to be. Some of the big things we struggled with were: Major inefficiencies

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How a Good Status Update Helps the Whole Team

It's been a productive day. It's been a crazy day. It's been an I've-totally-got-this day. It's been an I-have-no-idea-what-day-it-is day. We've all had these days; kicking butt, taking names, and thinking: "What a day! My brain is mush." And inevitably, someone will ask us - or we will even try to recount for ourselves... "What did you do today?" But the only answer we can come up with is... "I literally have no idea." I know I was productive today. I built something awesome. I took all those calls. I

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Building Community Around your Saas Startup

"Humans yearn to be connected and to gain energy, knowledge, and comfort from others." - Robbie Kellman Baxter In "The Membership Economy", Robbie Kellman Baxter offers guidance for organizations who wish to leverage the power of membership to build community and foster meaningful connections among their customers. Designed to demonstrate the difference between an ownership economy and a membership economy, the book illustrates examples of finance, product, sales, and marketing decisions that are useful for startups, nonprofits, clubs, and corporations alike. For me, it was most inspiring as I considered

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Team Communication Updates: What's New in November

We are building WorkingOn because we appreciate the importance of team communication. And we appreciate that you've joined us in our mission to improve the way we work by making communication more effortless and less disruptive. Here's a list of the improvements we've made to WorkingOn recently: Changes to Account Management Account managers will see a link to the "Account" page (this replaces "Manage") from any WorkingOn screen. During your team's free trial, you don't have an account manager yet, but you can still access the Account page. On the

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Meetings Are Broken: Here's a Better Way to Collaborate

Asynchronous collaboration is probably the best way to resolve the challenge that we believe teams are important, but some of the best work is performed in solitude. If you've been thinking that your organization could benefit from fewer meetings but more productive work, this infographic will help you understand that you're not alone, and there are real, actionable ways to fix that. And they don't involve simply having better meetings. Get status updates from your team and make plans together by using the technology available to facilitate collaboration and teamwork

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Getting Organized in Asana

Get a team of hardworking people together and one of the first major debates will be What project management tool should we use? Well, let's start with the things we do know... We need to collaborate. We need to create a list of trackable tasks. We need to know who's doing what. We need a repeatable process. And then the things our team tells us... It needs to be visual. It needs to be simple to understand. We should feel like we know what needs to be done and in

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Every Developer Needs a Rubber Duck and You’re The One

Disruptions are productivity killers. If you are reading this, perhaps you already know that. There are times when taking a break to chat with your peers and co-workers can actually help you get back on track. I had one such chat with Jeremy Woertink about team dynamics and communications for a talk I will be doing in Austin for this year's SXSW Interactive Conference, and I needed to validate my thoughts with my peers. After about 3 breadsticks and half a salad (since we were chatting at Olive Garden), he

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Working Remotely with WorkingOn

Before we begin, let me give you a little bit of background on our team. WorkingOn has a remote team consisting of three people distributed over two timezones. Our founders, Mark Cicoria and George Diab, are based out of Las Vegas—while I'm located over 2000 miles away in the Greater Boston Area. How WorkingOn increases team productivity At WorkingOn, we frequently have one person clocking out while another is just clocking in. This, of course, is the nature of any distributed team. Differences in timezones and individual schedules make

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WorkingOn: Motivation, Productivity, and Happiness

Welcome to the WorkingOn blog. Here we'll be sharing our thoughts, experiences, and stories on workplace productivity, remote work, and project management. If you are interested in traveling along on this journey with us please subscribe. What is WorkingOn? WorkingOn gives teams a way to stay in sync with minimalistic status reporting. Using our uncluttered platform, you can share your current task with a short status update. We offer multiple integration options to fit seamlessly into your existing workflow. While building WorkingOn, we've been learning a lot about the modern

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