Does-a-distributed-company-need-an-office-manager

An office manager is an obvious hire for any company. The very definition of an office manager implies that there needs to be an office. Thus if you have one, after reaching a certain size there is no question whether you need a person, who provides day-to-day comfort and maintenance of the working environment. But when it comes to remote or distributed companies, the question is not that easy to answer. And since Atwix is a distributed company with both remote-only and in-office employees, we decided to share our experience with having an office manager, who manages more than just a physical office. This is what we are going to learn from Ksenia, our office manager.

Three-tips-for-productive-remote-work

The first association with the term remote work is a dream-like work, while lying in a hammock at the sea side. We take it as a holiday, rather than usual daily responsibilities at an office. But when you start your remote job, you soon figure out that your table, a chair (or a hammock) and your laptop become your work place for a full busy day. The same as an office with a slight difference that it’s not necessary to wake up early and commute, or having a chance to escape to any warm place from a soul-crushing winter and work from anywhere you want. Because what matters in the long run is the result.

6-Essential-Tips-on-How-to-Deal-with-Perfectionism

Every one of us has a perfectionist inside. Still we often do not see the consequences of the dark side of our design. Some common everyday issues may turn into real problems and affect us. If you think reasonably, it should not be a problem to do some simple things even if you assume they are not 100% right. But not for a perfectionist! You may become depressed even with minor mistakes, which one might not even consider to be a problem. It should not always be a fear of a bad result, but also a fear of making a decision.

Once I’ve decided to celebrate my birthdays every year in different places. Last one I had in the other country. This year I had it at Meet Magento Poland in beautiful Poznan. It was a long trip, which took about a day to get to Poznan from Ukraine. But finally, I reached the destination. I arrived very late at night and decided to take a walk to the place where we stayed. The city was quiet and amazing at night.

Commitment to being a distributed company brings many opportunities of growth. Still you have to remember, that a successful distributed team needs to have well established means of communication, and a set of online tools will never fulfill the lack of face-to-face talks among your coworkers. This year, we decided to bring all of our employees usually working from 5 different locations to a company offsite in the Carpathian mountains.

How is it to be non-technical project manager among the technical developers?

When you are applying for the position of a project manager, you at least need to know the difference between PHP and JavaScript. However, in my case, I was unaware of it, so I had to learn a lot, day after day.

I must say that it is a quite common practice in the IT industry that PM is from the “outside world”. So, I am not the first and, of course, not the last one, and if you ask me how actually it is working, the answer will be “differently”.

10 Tips on how to build a successful environment in the company

Every prosperous IT company takes care of its clients and projects to grow up the business and deliver well-built solutions. Meanwhile, one of the major components of success is an internal environment development. No doubt that if the company is strong and stable inside, it will grow up and prosper. Employees are the moving force of the company results – the company managers should provide them with good work conditions and feedback for efforts. That is why we decided to share our experience in a form of 10 key aspects of how to take care of company’s employees and keep the inside harmony.