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Tips for Managing a Remote Workforce Beyond Crisis

By | Sid Sijbrandij | CEO at GitLab Inc. (NASDAQ: GTLB)

A version of this article was originally published on the LinkedIn Talent Blog on March 11, 2020. In addition to these long-term solutions for remote work, Darren Murph, GitLab’s head of remote, shared more short-term strategies companies can use to transition to a remote workforce right now. Both the short and long-term tips can be found here. We also published a video for LinkedIn’s Talent on Tap, check that out here.

How the world works may never be the same again. Teams that found themselves suddenly remote have the opportunity to evolve their DNA. Whether you want to integrate more remote-friendly practices, keep your team all remote, or approach proactive crisis management differently, these five tips will be helpful in transitioning work to the demands of the next decade.

1. Get leadership buy-in and ensure they lead by example

If your company is considering going remote, chances are you won’t go from zero to a hundred overnight. But if you’re planning to test the water and gradually phase out your physical locations, it’s essential to get employees on board early. And one of the best ways to do this is to encourage your leaders to kick-start your remote work program. 

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