How and Why We Work RemotelyThe Complete Guide to FormAssembly’s Distributed Culture
At this point, remote jobs aren’t that rare anymore. Maybe you’ve worked remotely in the past. Maybe you have a relative or a friend who works remotely. Maybe you’ve just scrolled through #remoteworklife posts on Instagram. But even if you know about remote work, you might not be aware of just how well it works, and how teams like FormAssembly intentionally create a distributed work culture to attract the best talent and meet impressive growth goals year after year.
We’ve been working remotely as a distributed team for years, and we believe wholeheartedly in its effectiveness. Curious about how our team functions and whether you’d be a good fit? Keep reading.
Remote Work at FormAssembly:
A Short History
FormAssembly has grown from a solo project of CEO Cedric Savarese to an Enterprise form building and data collection platform supported by 100+ team members distributed all over the world. A large amount of that growth occurred over the past 2-3 years when the team more than tripled in size.
From the very first days, FormAssembly has encouraged a remote work policy, which has evolved with the team even as we’ve increased in size. This approach helps us in a few key areas:
FormAssembly is an all-in-one web form builder and data collection platform that helps organizations streamline inefficient processes. Our platform features unlimited forms and responses; a robust Salesforce integration; additional integrations with Stripe, Pardot, WordPress, and more; and high standards of security and compliance.
Meanwhile, we’ve seen incredible growth while maintaining a remote workplace, achieving milestones such as becoming a Salesforce AppExchange Partner and being recognized in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing privately owned companies in America.
Save On Overhead Costs
It helps save on overhead costs such as large office spaces and utilities.
It allows our team members to live in locations they love and work remote jobs that are flexible and fit with their lifestyle.
It allows us to locate and hire the best talent, regardless of location.
Our Core Values
It All Starts With A Stellar Team
Not all people are cut out to work remote jobs. Many people feel that they couldn’t focus on work with distractions like kids, pets, household chores, etc. For those people, an in-office environment might truly be the right choice.
Succeeding in remote work takes a mix of qualities:
If you work in a traditional workplace, there are plenty of distractions and remote work is no different. But because no one’s around to see you getting distracted, it can be harder to stay on track.
Work moves fast on a remote team, potentially faster than most in-office teams you’re familiar with. When requests and tasks start firing at you from all sides, the ability to sort and prioritize work comes in handy.
When there’s no one down the hall or around the corner from your desk monitoring your work, you have to be your own taskmaster.
Ability To Work On A Team
Though much of our work is solo, we have to be able to communicate quickly and efficiently with our team members, just as any traditional team would.
Like many remote companies, we use a chat software to communicate, which encourages asynchronous communication. Because of this, patience can come in handy when you’re working with teammates that have different schedules.
Incredible Communication Skills
This might be the most important quality, which is why we’re devoting the next section to it.
Why Remote Reunions Are Key
Working remote jobs doesn’t mean we never meet our co-workers in person. In fact, regular in-person meetings are a tradition for us. We have two main types of in-person meetings.
Periodically, individual teams meet for a few days of planning and team building. Past team reunion locations have included Knoxville, Tenn., Richmond, Va., the Dominican Republic, and Austin, Texas.
Additionally, some team members see one other at the events we attend throughout the year, the largest one being Dreamforce.
The Customer Success team gets in some work hours during their team reunion in Texas.
Remote Work Accommodates Life, and Life Stages
The one topic we haven’t covered much in this article is the lifestyle of a remote worker. Rather than the stereotype of a jet-setting digital nomad that works on their laptop from hostels, hotels, and airports, most of our team members are based in one location and work mainly out of their homes.
That’s not to say that we don’t enjoy the ability to work from anywhere and be incredibly flexible about when and how we work. Working in remote jobs has allowed our team to do all kinds of things that wouldn’t be as easy in a traditional office.
- Our Content Marketing Manager, Maggie, relocated cross country while working remotely, taking just one day off to accommodate the drive.
- Our Marketing Director, Ashley, fits in trips to the northeast to visit her in-laws, leaving early on some Fridays and working from the car.
- Our Design Team Lead, Dustin, works full-time while simultaneously progressing toward his Master of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design.
- Team members in locations that see severe winter weather are able to stay off the roads and keep working in the event of heavy snowfall.
- Team members with kids of all ages can schedule work around their other responsibilities such as transporting children to and from school and attending extra-curricular activities.
- New parents are able to spend more time with their children and families, in addition to working out a more gradual transition back to full-time work.
Rather than the stereotype of a jet-setting digital nomad that works on their laptop from hostels, hotels, and airports, most of our team members are based in one location and work mainly out of their homes.
Hillary, our Partner & Customer Marketing Specialist, is able to balance work with the duties of being a new mom, all thanks to remote work.
According to CareersWiki,
Remote work grew by 44% from 2015-2020. According to the same scholarly research, 54% of workers in the United States work remotely at least once per month. FlexJobs also reports that 3.9 million employees in the United States work remotely. In the future, these numbers are expected to grow even higher, both in the United States and abroad. We’re glad to be part of this growing trend that allows us to grow our business, keep team members happy, and provide a solution that benefits our clients.