I love working remotely/working from home. My quality of life is way higher when I don't have to commute to an office.
But, there are a few things I miss about the office. First is the camaraderie. Being able to share quick jokes, ask questions, brainstorm something out really quickly. I also miss being surrounded by people working on something. I always found that inspiring.
So, we decided to try a little experiment at Taskable. We use Tandem for internal video/voice chat, and we created a #co-working channel.
Whoever wants to can jump in there and work. You hear each other typing, we have quick chats, share jokes, commiserate. Better yet, Tandem has a Spotify integration so one person can DJ for the room.
It's helped us a lot with that camaraderie and culture. Say we have a tense meeting, and some people walk away unsatisfied. When we all jump back into the #co-working space we can quickly change the mood of the team.
It might sound like it would be distracting - and I thought for sure it would be - but somehow it works. I'll be interested to see what happens as the team grows.
I wrote up a blog on this if interested in learning more about how we do it.