Resources for the newly remote

The VIP team, and pets and kids, on a recent team call
The VIP support team meeting had a moment of levity, with hats, pets, and kids.

Wow, what strange times we find ourselves in.

Much of the world’s workforce has been thrust into working remotely, parents are learning to educate their kids at home, and we’re being told to keep our distance from all the people we want to hug even more at a time like this.

If you’ve interacted with us, you might know WordPress VIP and our parent company Automattic are fully distributed companies, which means we’re used to working from home, coffee shops, coworking spaces–even campervans.

But even that familiar way of working has become disrupted in many ways, as we navigate the realities of not being able to leave the house for a coffee break, or having to step over piles of kids’ toys to get into the office space.

Even though remote work is our happy place, we realize it might be new for you. So we gathered some of our best practices and tips to share from our years of experience working remotely.

And if you want a break from all the “how-to” articles floating around, we also rounded up some of our favourite entertaining and inspiring articles and stories, featuring people and publications making their homes on WordPress.

We hope these resources help spark ideas and inspire fresh perspectives on your team.

On remote work

  1. Lori McLeese, Global Head of Human Resources, sharing best practices on behalf of Automattic in a Q&A with True Ventures
  2. Sasha Stone, Happiness Engineer, on optimizing distributed life for self-care
  3. Marcus Kazmierczak, a Special Projects Principal Engineer, on the keys to asynchronous communication
  4. Cate Huston, Head of Developer Experience, with a Crash Course in Remote Management webinar, presented with Vaya Consulting
  5. Matt Mullenweg, Co-Founder of WordPress and Automattic CEO shares his tips for staying productive

Recommended reads

  1. How to Draw a Horse” by Emma Hunsinger, The New Yorker
  2. Cat People” Podcast hosted by Peter Frick-Wright and Rachel Nuwer, Longreads
  3. On Solitude (and Isolation and Loneliness [and Brackets])” by Sarah Fay, Longreads
  4. Song Birds (a zine)” by Austin Kleon
  5. The Making of a Corporate Athlete” by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review

One thing that’s been striking to me over the last few weeks is how this enforced distancing has actually made many of my relationships stronger. Remotely, we’re more connected than ever, and we will emerge from this strange time into a world that is changed in ways we could never expect.

Our team is here to help, in whatever way we can.

2 thoughts on “Resources for the newly remote

  1. Hi there
    thanks for sharing on how Automattic work
    I am super interested what is the workflow for using P2. Exactly how is P2 being use? understanding that slack is mainly for IM. P2 is kind of like the place all most information are. How do you categories it especially when you have so many remote team members using it. How are the team members about to find information easily?

    Thank you very much

    1. Hi Bryan,

      We use P2 as our archive of everything – decisions, questions, proposals, anything that others should be aware of now, or in the future. If it didn’t get P2’d, did it even happen? 🙂

      We have over 30 different P2 blogs, just for VIP and excluding those we share with clients, so while each blog doesn’t really use traditional categories, users can follow or not follow the P2s they want to stay up to date with the news. Some are focused on teams or topics and others on internal projects. We can add cross-posting so that a post on one P2 can appear as a reference on another.

      Outside of those P2s, we also have an internal search tool that can search across all of the P2s and other resources, so the info is never far away.

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