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Don’t let your team feel lonely

Recently I was asked how I help my remote team members from feeling isolated. This is part and parcel to the strategies involved with creating a company culture for work from home teams. After you get to the end of this gripping 3 minute article, check out my other articles for reasons why company culture is important for all companies with remote workforces and how to nurture it. 

Here’s how I help my team keep loneliness at bay.

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Setting the work-life balance when working from home

The Fundamental Approach to Work-life Balance at Your Company

I worked at Patagonia for over 6 years and now manage a team that works from home from all over the western hemisphere, so thinking about and acting on ideas of work-life balance is foremost in my mind.

People write books on this subject and intensely analyze it in some management schools, so don’t expect a short article to provide you with all the secrets. However, there is one piece that you cannot succeed without:

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telecommuters can't afford to have cheap laptops

Why You Need a Killer Work From Home Computer

Most work from home positions require you to provide your own computer and other equipment. Sometimes a company will send you an IP phone to make internal communication easier and present an identifiable block of phone numbers to clients but what you spend most of your day typing on and looking at is up to you.

This may sound like a bum deal since the cost comes right out of your paycheck but it’s not. It’s a better deal for you. A high-end setup will make you more productive every minute you spend on it, be more reliable over over the years and become obsolete much later than any compromise system you can name.

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