Why I decided to do this course?
Distributed working is here to stay, mixing a hybrid combination of face to face and remote elements. After 18 months of a battling through the global pandemic that forced organisations into this new way of working, it is now that organisations globally are thinking about how to transition this distributed working culture to BAU.
We are in the wild west of this new world, with different organisations and countries experimenting with different paths – the way forward is as yet unclear.
I believe it’s everyone’s responsibility to bring our best to work and incorporate regular skills and knowledge upgrades when the situation requires it. This is one of those times.
Who are the course authors?
Developed by Gitlab, an organisation that has been fully remote since 2011, and hosted on Coursera, this course is free, or you can get a certificate for minimal cost. Mostly narrated by Darren Murph, Head of Remote @gitlab and Jessica Reeder, Senior All-Remote Campaign Manager, it provides a wealth of information on remote and hybrid working practices.
What the course covers?
Self-paced to be completed over 5 weeks, the course covers
After each module you are required to complete an assessment with a pass mark of 80%.
To pass the course, you must complete final assignment outlining your remote transition plan. This will be peer reviewed and you are also required to peer review other people’s transition plans.
Hybrid-remote is quickly becoming one of the most popular team models, particularly for organizations who are transitioning back to the office following global shutdowns.
There is no one right way
Don’t underestimate the challenges
A focus on Transparency & Iteration
Focus on Async Work
Communicate, communicate, communicate
Completing this course has unveiled the complexities of remote and hybrid working, the organisational conditions that need to be in place to be successful and the role leaders play in shaping a healthy aligned organisational culture that thrives in a remote environment.
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