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StartupChats remote working Q&A

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By the one and only
July 17, 2015

Earlier this week, Scrapinghub was invited along with several other fully-distributed companies to participate in a remote working Q&A hosted by Startups Canada.

The various companies invited, as well as their guests attending, shared their insights into a number of questions related to building a remote company and being a remote worker.

We’re sharing our answers and our favourite answers from other companies.

Q1 What are some of the major benefits to using remote workers?

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Q2 What are some of the major benefits in working remotely?

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Q3 How can you stay connected with your team while working remotely?

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Q4 What is the best software for ensuring effective communication/collaboration?

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Q5 Are there any home-office necessities for working remotely?

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Q6 Do certain roles lend themselves better to remote workers? Are there some that don’t?

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Q7 How do you maintain a team atmosphere and culture when your employees are working remotely?

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Q8 Is information security a greater issue for businesses that use remote workers/allow employees to work remotely?

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Q9 How can a business protect its data while using remote workers?

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Q10 Is a certain amount of face-to-face interaction recommended ie pre-hire/once a year? When and how much?

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Q11 Any final tips for our audience today? Do you know of any helpful blogs/resources on remote working?

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Thanks to everyone at QuickBooks and Startup Canada, as well as Joe Johnson, Wade Foster, Alex Brown and Tom Redman!

Written by Pablo Hoffman
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