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Remote Work

Ultimate Guide to Remote Office Parties

It's that time of year again — when colleagues 'round the world gather in restaurant lounges, hotel bars, and tinseled-up conference rooms for that most eagerly-anticipated of events...the company holiday party!

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Remote Work, Making Business Human

How Olark Defined Our Company Values

As we scaled our startup, we knew we needed more than just a mission statement to focus our team, improve our hiring practices, and keep communications issues in the workplace at a minimum. In 2012 Olarkers began formulating a list of values to do just that.

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Remote Work, Making Business Human, Olark Essentials

Olark Company Retreat 2018. Where are the Olarkers?

You’ve probably heard that Olark is a 100% remote company, and that we have some cool ways to connect virtually. Once a year, we get the whole crew (and families) together for an annual retreat. Retreat 2018 starts tomorrow, Saturday August 25.

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

Managing a successful customer service team: When it all goes wrong

This is the fourth post in Rhoda’s Tips from a Farmer series. Read her first post on working smarter, not harder, her second on Prioritizing like a farmer, and third on Getting Help.

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Remote Work, Making Business Human

Myth-busting: If I am working from home, I am slacking

The myths

When I tell people I work from home, I usually get one of a few skeptical reactions:

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

Managing a successful customer service team: Help is your friend

This is the third post in Rhoda’s Tips from a Farmer series. Read her first post on working smarter, not harder, and her second on Prioritizing like a farmer.

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

Managing a successful customer service team: How to prioritize like a farmer

This is the second post in Rhoda’s Tips from a Farmer series. Read her first post on working smarter, not harder.

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

5 ways to know if remote work is right for you

At Olark, we love the benefits of remote work, but we also know that working remotely isn’t for everyone. Transitioning from an onsite role to a remote role can be a big adjustment. Here are five questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about taking the #remotelife plunge.

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

Managing a successful customer service team: Tips from a farmer, part one

In addition to my role as Olark’s Director of Customer Service, I am a farmer — well, more of a smallholder, and a fledgling one at that. When I’m not in meetings or talking to customers, I can usually be found in a padded boiler suit, up to my ears in muck and surrounded by animals and vegetables.

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Making Business Human, Remote Work

Creating remote watercooler moments

Are remote teams doomed to failure? Is it possible to build a positive team culture when everyone is distributed?

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