The most successful remote leaders know the importance of leaning into asynchronous communication. Anmol Parashar, Head of Product at Yac runs a team who shares the same sentiments when it comes to communication and collaboration. We recently connected with Armol, for a sneak peak inside his day to day, and what leading remotely looks like for him.
Anmol's primary role at Yac is to make sure all members of the team understand the problems they are trying to solve with Yac. He then helps the team solve these problems in a way that positively impacts their users the most. This means communication is a big part of his role since he's often collaborating with his team and their customers, partners, and investors to gather insights, share updates, or just for knowledge transfer initiatives.
My typical workday is split into two shifts:
I work the first shift during local business hours just because I like getting done with the day with the city I’m in. This first shift is when I get all my deep work done, and during this shift, I pretty much lock myself in my home “office” to avoid any distractions. After this shift, I take a long break during which I get all my social interactions in (gym, friends, family) before I get to the second shift. I usually work this shift during NYC business hours since many of my teammates are based in and around the East Coast of the Americas, which helps me get more of the collaborative work done most efficiently.
Thankfully, the team at Yac is its biggest customer and from the very beginning, they have been working towards establishing processes that allow the team to work when we feel our most productive. In fact, the biggest difference that I have noticed working at Yac compared to some of the other teams I have worked with is that no one here expects you to send a reply to their message when it was sent because everyone here understands that people work on their own time, in their unique ways. I’d say this mentality or rather the communication processes built around this mentality have been the biggest contributors to my productivity at work.
I believe every team should operate with a single source of truth and that all team members should make an active effort to consolidate their individual and team knowledge in a document that’s available for everyone in the team to see.
At one of my previous jobs, I wrote a small handbook that did exactly that and became a living document for the team. This approach is something I have since brought on to every role I have ever had, and I really believe that all the things I have written in the past or will be writing in the future will continue to help these teams even when I’m no longer involved with them directly. This is why I spend at least a few hours of my week writing things down and encouraging others to do the same because my job isn’t just to scale the product, it’s to scale our culture and the team as well.
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I might have been able to acquire an expensive wardrobe during my college days because I found vulnerabilities in several products’ logic for referral systems, gift vouchers, discount coupons, etc.
This is a tough one because now that I think about it, I seem to have surrounded myself with companies and teams that genuinely care about remote communication and collaboration, and so I can’t really think of a bad workplace initiative on the top of my mind.
The best one, however, goes to my ex-team at Pleo. They are a growing team of 300+ people working all over the world and have been using Donut to match people randomly and encourage colleagues from different teams to go on as many informal chats as they want during work hours. They do this people can understand each other better and can collaborate on efforts that require participation from different teams.
Asynchronous communication will be the “electric vehicle” of the remote-first workspace—helps reduce noise in your day-to-day life and is good for the environment & your health 😉
As I mentioned earlier, working in shifts has really done some wonders for me because whenever I’m stuck on a hard problem or hit a writer’s block, I take comfort in the fact that I’d either have the help I need or the concentration I require to get my brain juices flowing again after a break.
Of course, I am only able to work in shifts because my team and I use products like Yac, Notion, Slack, Amplitude, Linear, etc. that allow us to contribute our best on a day-to-day basis without needing to get on constant video calls.