Keep Living the Dream! How to work remotely AND foster a happy, balanced life.

Anne Stefanyk

Virtual. Remote. Distributed. Pick your label. This style of organization is becoming wildly more in demand and popular among many Drupal shops and while many folks have gone remote, some people find the experience quite isolating and disconnected.

Does remote work make people happier? Does it make them more productive? The answer is not really. It is not just the act of working from home that creates employee happiness. It is creating a culture that fosters remote practices to creates meaning, collaboration, and happiness.

Building and sustaining a strong relationship requires a unique approach and making use of a variety of tools to create the right work culture. Success of a remote team also depends on management and how the team supported and the systems you need to put in place.

In this session, we will talk about how to both be the best remote employee. The session will also provide tactics and ideas if you are a leader of a remote team. We will talk about key tactics to keep you (and all other staff) inspired, creative, productive and most importantly, happy!

What we will cover:

5 things you have to do each day to stay sane

How to contribute to company processes to build a great culture for distributed teams

The dark side of remote working, what to watch out for

Why you need a communications charter

10 things remote team managers/leaders must know

Tips, tactics, and tools to build out your skills as a remote worker if you have a desk job now

Anne Stefanyk
CEO, Founder, San Francisco, @Anne_Kanopi
As Founder and CEO of Kanopi Studios, Anne helps create clarity around project needs, and turns client conversations into actionable outcomes. She enjoys helping clients identify their problems, and then empowering the Kanopi team to execute great solutions. Anne fell into the Drupal community in 2007 and admired both the community’s people and the constant quest for knowledge. After holding Director-level positions at large Drupal agencies, she decided she was ready to open Kanopi Studios in 2010. Anne is an advocate for open source and co-organizes the Bay Area Drupal Camp. When she’s not contributing to the community or running a small, thoughtful web agency, she enjoys yoga, meditation, treehouses, dharma, cycling, paddle boarding, kayaking, and hanging with her nephew.

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