Pointer's Remote Learning Hub is an information, content and resource aggregator that individuals, businesses and communities can upskill in all facets of remote work. Pointer Remote offers bespoke consulting, online, self paced e-Learning as well as free resources to better understand and leverage remote work.
At Pointer Remote, we know that working remotely is beneficial for businesses and individuals in so many ways: it creates less staff turnover, better mental health, more profit, higher performance, and less absenteeism. With the global uptake of remote work, we want to level the playing field for regional communities, and leverage this style of employment to build opportunities in rural areas. Pointer Remote’s award-winning free training and resource hub includes blogs, free email programs, case studies, reading lists and step-by-step toolkits that help kickstart your journey into all things remote work - whether you’re an individual, business or community leader.
For one on one, group or team training sessions or workshops (virtual or on site) Pointer Remote can assist your team or organisation get on track to becoming 'remote ready'.
Remote Ready e-Learning
Pointer Remote offers self paced, online training for managers and leaders, as well as individuals, to ensure participants get the most out of working and managing remotely.
Remote Work 101
Looking to get started? Sign up for our free, six week email program to upskill in working remotely. This content is delivered directly to your inbox to ensure getting 'remote ready' is simple.
What makes remote work, work?
In the virtual world, you are what you share. One of the most vital skills for successful remote work is your ability to effectively communicate when working in the digital world.
Productivity is the amount of work that you produce. Time management is the practice of organising your time to complete your work. To be successful working remotely, productivity and time management are key.
As a change manager, you are the catalyst who will help your organisation transition into a new process, goal, or technology using a structured approach or to take control of the way you work, remotely.
Communication is the cornerstone of a successful remote work environment. Employees trust managers who are available for meaningful conversation, whether you’re in a remote workplace or a traditional office with four walls. Employers trust employees who can effectively communicate their needs, challenges and wins. An organisation's strong investment in communication will yield increased employee satisfaction, better retention rates, and higher productivity. An individual's investment in communication will improve job satisfaction and ability to feel part of the team.
This book has been a go to guide for Pointer from the very beginning. It gives practical advice on how to run a company with a completely distributed team. A great read for business owners and remote workers alike.
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
John's book is a must read if you manage even one remote employee. It is incredibly practical and has broken down the elements of managing a distributed team into achievable action items from people started out through to large organisations who have been 'remote' for a while.
This is a really practical handbook with tips, tricks and hacks that are particularly useful when starting out with remote work as well as when you need to fix up things in an organisation that may have gone a bit 'so so'. It is a bundle of goodness!
One of the keys to success working or managing remotely is organisation. Lorraine's book has some fabulous, step by step action items to pull your work life and personal life into order, so you can kick goals in the remote world.
This is a no nonsense guide to running a calm company. The authors are the co-founders of Basecamp, a project management tool that we are big fans of here at Pointer. It has really practical tips on getting the most out of your day, your team and your company.
Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
In a traditional co-located workplace, employees know they have started their workday simply by walking into their building. For a remote organisation, company culture provides an environment that delineates your employees' work time from their personal time. Active participation provides a feeling of "being at work" and encourages loyalty, unity, and pride in your staff.
Leadership done right: resources from Atlassian
Few leaders are born, most grow through trial and error, self reflection, and a whole lot of inspiration. These resources will show you how to lead with focus, communicate with empathy, and inspire transformational work among your team.
How to build culture in a remote team
When it comes to remote teams, culture is a huge topic. Common knowledge suggests that co-located teams have an easier time building culture compared to remote teams.
Culture: The office of an officeless team
What what is culture? It is a failure of modern jargon to associate on-site foosball tables and kegs with culture. Let’s be clear: those are perks, not culture. Culture is about the continual interactions and expectations of a company, while perks are incentives or rewards that help communicate what a culture is.
Dr Bailey Bosch's Remote Work Tips
Change management is both art and science. While other practices require mostly hard skills like the ability to do manual work, being a change manager also requires soft skills such as the ability to lead, communicate, and resolve conflicts. Working with a remote staff can introduce risks, but establishing a clear plan allows you to turn this risk into an asset that brings your project the flexibility it needs to succeed.
Remote enabling technology
There is a vast amount of technology to assist businesses and individuals to work remotely effectively. We have gathered a variety of free and paid software and technologies to assist in making remote work, work. If you have recommendations you'd like us to share, email them through.
Remote Learning Hub Partners
Verve Super offers a free Money and Mindset program guiding you to set inspiring life and financial goals, repay debt and sort your money and super. We have some amazing resources that you can download for free. Enter the code POINTER when you move your super to Verve and receive a deposit of $50 into your super account!
Come 'Twalk' with us to solve your professional and personal issues in the great outdoors. Fresh air, vitamin D, exercise and endorphins assist in your overall physical and mental wellbeing so why not get out of the office and do some form of exercise while addressing the challenges that you and your team are experiencing.
Solutions for remote work management, assessment and consulting. Dr. Bailey Bosch is a psychologist, researcher and work-life strategist who helps professionals navigate the challenges of modern work. Using an evidence-informed approach with a focus on positive and performance psychology, Bailey works with individuals to maximise their productivity while crafting a life they actually enjoy!
Engage & Create Consulting helps rural, regional and remote businesses and non profits to grow! Engage & Create Consulting is based in Goondiwindi, rural South West Queensland. Working with small to medium businesses across regional, rural & remote Australia for the last 20 years, we have an innate understanding of the needs, skills, challenges & opportunities that these businesses face.
To book in a chat with Founder Julia Spicer to discuss how E&CC can support your rural business or organisation, click here.
Support for the Remote Work Hub
Our Founder and Managing Director Jo Palmer was named the 2019 AgriFutures Rural Woman of the Year for her work supporting those living and working in rural Australia to access remote work. To find out more about Jo's project, watch the video below and if you know a woman doing amazing things in rural Australia, maybe tap them on the shoulder to apply for the Rural Women's Award. Details can be found on AgriFutures Australia's website.