Best Practices Cultivating a Healthy and Productive Remote Working Environment

Judy Warner
|  Created: May 26, 2020  |  Updated: February 5, 2021
Best Practices Cultivating a Healthy and Productive Remote Working Environment

A leading research and advisory company, Gartner, Inc., found that nearly 75% of the 317 CFOs and business finance leaders they surveyed planned to move at least 5% of their formerly on-site workforce into permanently remote positions even after the COVID-19-related quarantines have ended. 

Zach Peterson, prolific technology content writer, scientist/engineer, and owner and CEO of Northwest Engineering Solutions, joins the OnTrack Podcast to examine the implications of this finding, and to share best practices for creating a viable and productive remote working environment from both a manager’s and employee’s perspective. 

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Show Highlights:

  • The business case for remote teams, and a worldwide freelancing network’s shocking statistic about the future of remote work
  • Suggestions for managers and employees that will ensure their remote teams remain viable and productive
  • The importance of setting clear expectations for your remote team
  • Why you shouldn’t “babysit” your remote workers; the importance of allowing workers to work within their comfort zones
  • Setting clear boundaries: how remote working can upset our work/life balance, and what steps one should take to cultivate it
  • Tackling the myth of slackers in the remote work environment
  • Ideal tools for the remote working environment
  • “Engage earlier rather than later”—tips for maintaining the relationship between design engineers and manufacturers in a remote environment

Links and Resources:

Zach on LinkedIn
Zach’s Technical Articles on Altium.Com
How to Manage a Remote Team for Electronics Design
Signal Integrity Article: Coronavirus Shows how Quickly Electronics Supply Chains Can Change


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About Author

About Author

Judy Warner has held a unique variety of roles in the electronics industry for over 25 years. She has a background in PCB Manufacturing, RF and Microwave PCBs and Contract Manufacturing, focusing on Mil/Aero applications. 

She has also been a writer, blogger, and journalist for several industry publications such as Microwave Journal, PCB007 Magazine, PCB Design007, PCD&F, and IEEE Microwave Magazine, and an active board member for PCEA (Printed Circuit Engineering Association). In 2017, Warner joined Altium as the Director of Community Engagement. In addition to hosting the OnTrack Podcast and creating the OnTrack Newsletter, she launched Altium's annual user conference, AltiumLive. Warner's passion is to provide resources, support, and advocate for PCB Design Engineers worldwide.

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