Inc. 5000 In­sights

Make your re­mote em­ploy­ees feel like part of the home team


We en­cour­age ev­ery­one to do team calls while walk­ing—put on your ten­nis shoes and go out­side when you need to be on the phone with co-work­ers, wher­ever you are. You’re go­ing to be more pro­duc­tive. And a lot of our em­ploy­ees com­pete against one another in Fit­bit chal­lenges, so they get to fight for brag­ging rights. We’re sales­peo­ple—we’re highly com­pet­i­tive. That’s how we con­nect.”

TONI JACARUSO CEO, Jacaruso En­ter­prises (travel & hos­pi­tal­ity) NO. 948 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 463.8% 3-YEAR GROWTH $ 4.6M 2016 REV­ENUE

We started a pri­vate Face­book group 10 years ago for peo­ple to feel the beat of what’s go­ing on in all of our of­fices and for our re­mote co-work­ers— we have 154 world­wide—to feel con­nected. We see a lot of [funny] pic­tures, and Hal­loween is huge. We’re tran­si­tion­ing that Face­book group into an in­tranet.” TIM CHI Co-founder and CEO, Wed­dingWire (con­sumer prod­ucts & ser­vices) NO. 1,956 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 194.1% 3-YEAR GROWTH $99.8M 2016 REV­ENUE

We sched­ule meet­ings longer than they need to be to re-cre­ate the in­for­mal dis­cus­sion that you would have in the of­fice. We’re OK hav­ing our meet­ings run 30 to 40 per­cent longer to foster closer re­la­tion­ships.” — STEVE YI Co-founder and CEO, Me­di­aAl­pha (soft­ware) NO. 1,858 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 206.9% 3-YEAR GROWTH $116.5M 2016 REV­ENUE

We’re a ma­jor GIF com­pany. Even when you’re out on the road, you’re ex­pected to send GIFs reg­u­larly to the en­tire com­pany. They show up on our so­cial chan­nels. It’s for us to crack up with each other and get con­nected to other peo­ple’s per­son­al­i­ties.” — JOSHUA SWAN­SON CEO, GoToMyA­part­ment (ad­ver­tis­ing & mar­ket­ing) NO. 511 2017 INC. 5000 RANK 871.1% 3-YEAR GROWTH $ 4.6M 2016 REV­ENUE

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