1Password is a fully remote company with people scattered across the globe — from New Zealand to Germany to our home in Canada.
Late last month, we all met up for AGConf, our annual company gathering. It’s a chance to meet new friends, reunite with old ones, and discuss the coming year’s plans while cruising around the Caribbean.
But our week at sea isn’t just for sunbathing — it’s also how we connect on a personal level with those we work with. Instead of gathering in chat rooms and on conference calls, we’re able to spend time talking in person over food, drinks, games, and even while relaxing in a hot tub.
Friends and partners are welcome too, and our new Chief Customer Advocate Lynette Kontny brought her husband Nathan along. He used the opportunity to cut some footage for his daily vlog. Nathan Kontny’s YouTube channel tackles important issues pertaining to business, family, and psychology in an engaging and thought-provoking way.
The installment Nathan released after the cruise, “Slack’s Great. But We’re Terrible At It,” tackles both how we approach culture as a remote company and how we can connect as a team even when we’re spread out all over.
It’s often said that if you have to explain what your culture is, you don’t have one, and it seems to be true: no one sat down with Nathan to explain our culture, but he was able to pick up on it just by spending time around us for a week.
In this vlog Nathan focused on remote work and how workers communicate — too often ineffectively — when they aren’t in the same physical space. And what we’re doing differently to create a culture that’s allowing us to succeed.