9 years of lessons learnt
This talk contains my personal opinions, based
on my experience and the ones of some of my
(today and former) colleagues.
Everyone is diﬀerent and every company is
diﬀerent, but we can all learn from each other.
What we do and how we do it
Working remotely at Voxnest
That’s me, Sergio Sandro!
Actionable lessons to improve your workﬂow
as remote worker
I’m Alessandro Calzavara
Lead Engineer @ VOXNEST
Working on Spreaker
mobile and desktop apps
Started as iOS developer in 2010,
today managing 8 diﬀerent apps
across all platforms.
Almost always remote worker.
What we do and how we do it
Voxnest is an audio technology company
specialised in podcasting solutions
Our solutions for content creators of all sizes,
Ad networks and listening platforms
“To simplify the audio industry and drive content creators to success”
35+ people and growing
Spread between US and
All remote workers
Key for being eﬀective and inclusive
while being distributed across 5 timezones
Main async communication
MEET / ZOOM
For 1-to-1 and group
All digital, no printed paper
Planning and workﬂow
for each product team
Tools we use
Our gathering moments
We all join to share
progresses, results and
1-to-1 call between 2
random colleague. To
know each others.
At least once a year, we
all meet IRL.
“We’re always hiring!
Visit voxnest.com/careers or
talk to me later.”
—Everybody at Voxnest
Actionable lessons to improve
your workﬂow as remote worker
Find the perfect spot
A coworking space, another company
oﬃce, your home oﬃce...
Comfortable and well equipped. But
also something you can “leave” when
the day ends.
from time to time
Diﬀerent coworking space, a friend
oﬃce, another country...
To understand if your perfect spot is
Also take the opportunity to do
Have good quality gears
Headphones, chair, keyboard, display...
These are tools you’ll be using 8 hours
a day, 5 days a week, for years. See
them as an investment to make you
Good internet connection
Prefer stability over performances.
Having a backup plan helps in the
Schedule them in advance, share
topic/agenda beforehand, group them
Give people time to know what will be
discussed and when, so they can be
ready for it. And still have the time do
Respect everyone’s time
Be on time for calls, announce your
You’re responsible of your time, so use
any tool you need to there when
others needs you.
Don’t rush to respond
Yes, no... Don’t know...
Having a fast but pointless response is
just waste. Prefer complete (even
verbose) responses to avoid follow-up
questions or misunderstanding.
Especially on text form.
Take care of yourself
Create an healthy routine...
Having no-one around is not an excuse
to forget about hygiene and good
You have only one life to live.
Take a break
Virtual coﬀee with a colleague, do a
walk with your dog, having lunch out
Give the time to your brain to relax
and process information. Do small
things that makes you happy so that
later to return energized.
Eat together. Discuss about anything. Do
late night karaoke. Do trekking. Having
fun on the beach...
It’s all about spending time with your
colleagues to create stronger personal
It will improve the communication.
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Voxnest retreat picture by me and my colleague Mauro
Oﬃce picture from my colleague Chiara
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