The Key To Remote Work Is Communicating Asynchronously

This is a post of Amir Salihefendic’s fantastic Twitter thread about asynchronous communication. You can read Amir’s full blog post about this here.

Amir is the Founder & CEO of Doist, one of the most prominent remote companies.

Here’s the thread:

0/ Remote work isn’t exceptional as companies that are spread around multiple offices have done it for the last many years. The special sauce is communicating asynchronously as the default 💡 Here’s a thread about why.

1/ 🌎 Communication between timezones becomes easy, which means that you can hire from anywhere in the world and truly build a stellar and diverse team.

2/ 🤔 The default communication becomes deep, thoughtful and insightful. People can respond calmly when they’re ready. Deep work becomes the default way of working.

3/ 🏄‍♀️ People are happier as they don’t need to plan their life around their work. For example, I can spend 2 hours with my son every morning, and nobody inside my async organization notices this.

4/ 🛑 Blocks become a non-issue as you are blocked by default. Everyone knows how to spend time productivity while waiting for an answer.

5/ 🤬 People have more time to reflect over things, so knee-jerk reactions become less frequent. This results in a great culture.

6/ 🌚 People can optimize their workdays on when they are most productive or most creative; instead of optimizing their workdays to a synchronized schedule.

It’s also interesting that some of the most successful remote companies have implemented their own asynchronous communication tools (e.g., our Twist, Zapier’s Async or Automattic’s P2).

✍️ I’ve just published this tweetstorm on async communication as a post, with a lot more insights:

Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive

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