6 Questions that Keep Your Team Engaged During Remote Meetings

As of writing this post, we’re exactly nine months into working remotely due to COVID19. What I miss most is the ease of face-to-face meetings and that immediate feedback, visible and audible, of being at the same table. I miss the ability to read how someone is receiving the information or even how people are […]

9 Months into Working from Home, These 6 Things Are Helping Atoms Endure

Way back in March, I surveyed each employee (Atom) at Atomic Object. I tried to get a sense of how we managed to quickly shift from working 100% on-site to 100% remote in a day, with very little notice. (The answers included Discord, Slack, and 1:1 check-ins.) Surely our speedy office exodus was enabled by […]

3 Ways to Get Away from Your Computer When Working Remotely

In these days of remote work, we’re all feeling “screen fatigue.” Every one of our meetings and face-to-face interactions is done in front of a computer. Eventually, the screen fatigue blends seamlessly with the normal work fatigue, and by the end of the day, we’re left with sore eyes and little energy for the things […]

Speeding Up Remote Project Onboarding with VS Code Live Share

Joining on a new project while working remotely is difficult. Learning the tech stack, business logic, test process, and so on is much harder to do when you’re alone. Of course, when I say alone, I don’t mean completely alone. You have Zoom, Discord, Teams, and Slack. But you are still physically alone. Your coworkers […]

Screen-Free Mindfulness – 4 Ways to Be More Mindful Without an App

Now more than ever, we hear calls to be mindful. Dealing with work stress? Try mindfulness. Your kids driving you crazy? Ditto. Your relationship stale? You guessed it — try mindfulness. I’m on board with mindfulness, but I’m not with the “solution” offered: an app. The Problem with Mindfulness Apps Don’t get me wrong, I […]

My Network Upgrades with UniFi & Xfinity for Better At-Home Work and School

Most home networks are fine for watching TV, playing video games, and casual web browsing. Your internet service provides all the equipment and bandwidth necessary for you to be “connected.” What I had set up at home certainly used to fit within that “good enough” category. That’s no longer true. Since the pandemic started, I’ve […]

Reinventing an Atomic Tradition for Pandemic Conditions

As I write this, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom large in almost every aspect of life. Atomic Object is open and thriving as a company, but our offices remain closed, and our employees are working remotely. Returning to our physical offices in Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, and Chicago still remains an important part of […]

1-on-1 Meetings: More Important than Ever

In normal times, having regular 1-on-1 meetings with your direct reports is important. In this socially distant era, these connection points are essential. As a manager, you are the most vital link between your direct reports and the organization. When we’re all remote, you need to replace the passive communication you once used to keep […]

Four Tips for Starting Your First Development Job Remotely

I recently found myself in a scary situation: graduating from college and starting a new job in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. As if starting a new job and readjusting from college life to work life weren’t stressful enough, I now had to make that adjustment remotely. Fortunately, I found myself starting at a […]