Introduction Last week our fully remote team gathered in person at a beautiful spot in Prince Edward County, Ontario, for our second annual company retreat. Our first iteration in 2021 was a resounding success, and we decided to do it again this year. In both cases, we took advantage of the high-bandwidth nature of being together in physical space to hold a variety of big picture conversations about our accomplishments, direction and goals.
When you set out to build a company that explicitly espouses liberatory politics, and you want to be around for the long haul, you’ve just committed yourself to do some deep soul searching about governance. Fortunately, we found sociocracy, so we had a starting point for all those hard conversations.
Social connection is essential to building trust in a remote workplace. We hold regular video calls for no other purpose than to chat and get to know one another. It makes a huge difference in our work.