As you may already know, Lullabot is a completely distributed company. We have no central office, and our employees are spread out across six different countries. For the past three years, Lullabot has organized a conference for leaders of companies like ours. The event is called Yonder and over the years, people from companies such as Automattic, GitHub, Upworthy, The World Adult Kickball Association, and many smaller digital agencies have gotten together to share ideas and address common problems.
Last month, we revamped the yonder.io website and we launched the Yonder Podcast to bring these conversations to a larger audience. Every two weeks, I’ll interview another interesting person who has been thinking about the world of remote work.
While remote/distributed work is often held up as “the future of work,” I’ve talked to many leaders of brick-and-mortar businesses who are fearful about the idea. They are worried that you cannot build a vibrant company culture or that productivity will suffer. They worry that employees will take advantage or that their clients/customers will not take them seriously. Most simply worry that it will be lonely, and they will feel disconnected from their coworkers.
The Yonder Podcast doesn’t attempt to debunk these ideas so much as share the successes that distributed companies have had in these areas and others. We’ll talk about the advantages and also the difficulties of remote work and distributed teams. It’s quite something to hear from a variety of businesses working this way, and see the patterns that emerge. To me, it feels like we’re on the verge of an evolutionary step in the way that people work.
If you’re a remote worker, a business owner or manager, or you’re just curious what it might look like to work from home, I invite you to subscribe to the Yonder Podcast. You can find us on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and most other podcast platforms. If you subscribe to the Yonder mailing list you’ll receive updates whenever new podcasts or articles get posted to the site.
Thanks for listening!