Zapier's Guide to Remote Working




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Zapier's guide to working remotely

Zapier is a 100% distributed company with over 300 remote employees in 17 time zones and 28 countries. Whether you work remotely all the time or you've been thrust into it recently, we have tips that will help you thrive. Start with our answers to your remote work FAQs, and then dig deeper below.

Why remote? Our CEO, Wade Foster, wrote about why Zapier has always been 100% remote.

New to remote work? Download our Suddenly Remote starter kit.

Remote work topics

We've divided our tips for remote work into seven categories. Click on the category you need help with, or scroll down for a list of all of our articles.

  1. Automation for remote work
  2. Teamwork on a remote team
  3. Remote work for managers
  4. Remote work for employees
  5. Remote workspaces
  6. Remote work tools
  7. The state of remote work

Automation for remote work

These articles will give you ideas for how to automate remote work processes. You can use them to streamline your work and stay connected from home.

Teamwork on a remote team

When you're not sitting a few feet from your coworkers, communication and collaboration don't come as naturally. Here we have tips for how to work together on your remote team.

Remote work for managers

Managing remotely is about building trust and a culture of accountability. Here are some tips for how to manage remote workers.

Remote work for employees

If you're worried about productivity in remote work, these articles will give you strategies to be sure you're getting things done when working from home.

Remote workspaces

If you're used to working in an office, working from home can throw you for a loop. Here you can read about how to make your home office—or wherever you're working—the most productive space possible.

Remote work tools

When working remotely, you'll need more apps than you're used to—to stay connected and get things done efficiently. Here are some tips for remote work tools.

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The state of remote work

Remote work is growing in popularity. Read about the state of remote work and how it benefits workers.

Finding remote work

Looking to find a remote work job? Here are some tips to get you going in the right direction.

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Manage a Remote Team
  2. How to hire a remote team
  3. How to build culture in a remote team
  4. How Successful Remote Teams Evaluate Employees: A Look inside Automattic, GitHub, and Help Scout
  5. How to Build Strong Relationships in a Remote Team
  6. How to Run a Company Retreat for a Remote Team
  7. This is What a Remote Office Looks Like
  8. How to Work Faster in a Remote Team
  9. How to Find Your Optimal Work Environment and Boost Productivity
  10. The pros and cons of working across time zones: What to expect when you work in a distributed company
  11. How to Avoid Burnout in a Remote Team
  12. How to Thrive as an Extrovert on a Remote Team
  13. How to Find and Get Hired for a Remote Job
  14. The remote worker's toolkit: The 15 tools you need to work remotely
  15. A Special Thanks To Those Who Share: The Best Blog Posts, Articles and Resources on Remote Work


Written by Wade Foster, with content from Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, Melanie Pinola, Bethany Hills, Alison Groves, Jeremey DuVall, and Belle Cooper. Edited by Danny Schreiber, Matthew Guay, and Melanie Pinola. Last updated on March 30, 2019.

Cover art by Stephanie Briones.

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