The Remote Work Bootcamp

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As teams around the world continue to adjust to remote work, they will need to focus on the human element at least as much as they think about the tools and technologies they are using to do their work. And the human stuff is not easy. This Program is here to help. It is designed to help you and your teams get to the heart of these changes together as you navigate THIS public health crisis. But it will also help you develop new practices and habits that will improve the way you work remotely, long after the crisis has passed.

Program Overview

The Covid-19 pandemic (and the fear it inspires) has wreaked havoc on our established ways of living and working. Employees of organizations with large offices or networks of offices face especially exceptional disruptions, as they find themselves suddenly at home, trying to work. When the pandemic hit, teams of all sizes, in every corner of the world launched into a crash course in remote work. And many aren't passing the test. Technology and data security choices are confusing. Communication feels inefficient. Collaboration is slowing down. Tensions are rising.

At first glance, it seems like a technology challenge. But that's not quite true. The technology can have issues, yes, but it's not the cause of the big, hairy problems that threaten to slow down productivity and innovation as we transition en masse to virtual work.

For the past five years our team at Nomadic Learning has built digital programs that have helped tens of thousands of employees at organizations around the world—from Fortune 500 to new start-ups—make the transition to remote work. The Remote Work Bootcamp is based on what we learned.

Key Questions

Which tools and technologies do we need to work remotely? And how do we agree on norms and rules for those tools and technologies?

Why do we need to adapt our form and style for an all-digital workplace?

How do we create space and routine in the world of remote work?

How can communicating with honesty, transparency, and vulnerability affect our ability to lead?

How do we make decisions when we don’t feel like we have the answers?

How can we implement changes in our role now that will last beyond the pandemic?

Field Manuals

The Remote Work Bootcamp is made up of 4 Field Manuals (our version of an online module). Field Manuals are concentrated bursts of deep learning, intended for immediate application. Each one contains a variety of types of content and social exercises culminating in a mini-project, reflection, or debate. Each Field Manual will take 30-45 minutes to complete, but you can jump on and off at your own pace, as often as you’d like. The deeper learning happens in the discussions with your fellow learners, so be sure to check in on the conversations regularly.

  • 1. Tools + Rules

    Choosing the right tools to power your remote teams is essential, but it’s just the first step. If your teams don’t have clearly established formal rules and informal norms for how those tools are used, chaos can follow. This Field Manual helps make sense of the digital tools you’ll need and asks you to work together to establish how you want to use them.

  • 2. Space + Routine

    Working remotely forces us into the conundrum of creating space to actually get work done. That’s especially difficult when children are home and distractions are nearly infinite. This Field Manual looks at practical steps you and your team can take to create space and set up effective routines.

  • 3. Trust + Relationships

    Maintaining trust with people you never see in person is incredibly challenging. The best remote teams work hard to help their people build meaningful, trusting relationships anyway. This Field Manual looks at a variety of ways to build or reestablish trust quickly, develop real relationships that last over time, and adopt a series of practices that support the emotional health of a remote team.

  • 4. Uncertainty + Resilience

    We’re in a period of profound uncertainty with no end in sight. Teams that can adapt quickly and establish a good rhythm of remote working will be more resilient and effective, regardless of what happens next. This Field Manual looks at what that resilience can look like. But it also asks something even harder: What can we be hopeful about right now? How can we cultivate and protect that hope?

Featured Voices
  • Dylan Thuras

    Co-founder, Atlas Obscura

  • Gretchen Stroud

    VP, Talent Development, Hilton

  • Jessaca Griffin

    Independent Producer

  • Matt Burr

    Co-founder and CEO, Nomadic Learning

  • Marilia Bezerra

    Managing Director, C.A.R.E Enterprises

  • Samia Kahn

    Director, Filmmaker, and Producer

An excerpt from the Program