11 episodes

Whether you’re a remote work warrior or one of the remote-by-circumstance millions who set up a home office over the last year, you’re a trailblazer. Because let’s face it, remote work isn’t remotely defined. But fear not, you’re not the only one who’s had it up to here with Zoom. Join Andrew Silberman and Dan Nestle as they take a practical and funny approach to many of the challenges we face in this evolving world of working at home—to help you get a GRIP on remote work. 

Remote Work Companion Andrew Silberman and Dan Nestle

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 2 Ratings

Whether you’re a remote work warrior or one of the remote-by-circumstance millions who set up a home office over the last year, you’re a trailblazer. Because let’s face it, remote work isn’t remotely defined. But fear not, you’re not the only one who’s had it up to here with Zoom. Join Andrew Silberman and Dan Nestle as they take a practical and funny approach to many of the challenges we face in this evolving world of working at home—to help you get a GRIP on remote work. 

    Balance

    Balance

    The season's final episode 10, "Balance," starts out with a teeter-totter image, and then they dig deep into the whole concept of work-life balance in the world of remote work. This is another one filled with laughter and tips, and you even meet "Work Life Alex." They get into chronotypes, tennis, and everything somehow connects to improving your work relationships, even remotely.

    • 24 min
    How to Avoid Zoomicide

    How to Avoid Zoomicide

    Episode 9's about "how to avoid Zoomicide," the one chapter of Andrew's book that gave Zoom's head of international pause. While Dan and Andrew are not psychological counselors and are not talking violence, they do discuss tips and techniques here to again combat stress and other emotional issues that arise while working remotely. As they share, meetings are tough enough in the real world, and now that meetings are mostly remote, you will want tricks to avoid boredom and other challenges, whether a participant or leader of a meeting. And again you may hear something that someone somewhere is doing that you too can adopt. Oh, and Chance the Gardener makes an appearance. This time, you get a nice list of guidelines for your team.

    • 23 min
    Camera On/Off

    Camera On/Off

    Episode 8's all about whether and when to turn your camera on or off during a video meeting. In this very practical episode ("duct tape effects!"), the boys share their frustrations and cross-cultural experiences related to camera use during remote work. This is one to share with your teams and gives some ideas for creating guidelines for them. They reflect on what it means to have a "seat at the table."

    • 15 min
    Action!

    Action!

    In Episode 7, "Action!" Remote Work Companion's co-hosts Dan and Andrew look at the different roles we play when presenting ourselves on screen. Are we actors? Whether we are in the movies or just watching them, we are all playing roles, especially on a web platform, and as Andrew says, "We all want to make a positive impact." They get into the controversial topic of what constitutes a professional look these days, and remind us all to rehearse any technology, especially group presentations. And there's even talk of a hamster wheel.  Somehow the cheating Houston Astros also make an appearance.

    • 25 min
    Screened Out

    Screened Out

    "Screened Out" Andrew & Dan combat fatigue and the ill effects of spending so much time online.  They explore different solutions to the challenges we're all facing. They look at physical, mental, and emotional tools to help us engage more and be more energized while on screen. They also banter about the difference between "sap and Zap" and if we were to boil 20 minutes down to 3 words, this episode would be "Engage, Concise, Energize!" Here's a link to the Opus video Andrew talks about as a cheesy instant energizer:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pATX-lV0VFk 

    • 22 min
    Essential Reading and a Forgotten Skill

    Essential Reading and a Forgotten Skill

    In Episode 5, "Essential Reading and a Forgotten Skill." This one is all about "who is essential" and how we can improve perhaps the most important Remote Work skill: Listening. Are you essential? YES. Can you improve "the forgotten skill"? Also, YES. After those affirmations, Remote Work Companion's co-hosts Andrew and Dan dive into what makes your work essential and then share how listening skills could be a key to better remote work and teamwork. They go deep on what you can do to help all your teleconferences go smoother. The video link Andrew refers to is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYu_bGbZiiQ

    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

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2 Ratings

2 Ratings

kasiamich ,

Valuable resource for remote workers!

Great tips on how to show up best when working remotely whether you’re new to the game or have been doing it for a while. Dan and Andrew bring up great points and the conversations flow nicely!

Sunted62 ,

The best

This is fantastic! Andrew brings such a joy and feel to this podcast. Tough subject, great viewpoint and I know it will be inspiring. And hello on the great intro music! What a way to start my day!

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