Nobody starts a new job hating it - with Katie Womersley - 028
In this episode you can hear Katie Womersley and Andrei Crudu talk about how nobody starts a job already hating it, how to manage and leverage engineers and tech teams and how people want to have a positive impact. Show notes on https://techieleadership.com/show28
Buffer's Katie Womersley On Managers And Mental Health
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Managers are typically the first port of call when someone gets sick at work. What we don't talk about often enough is how that also includes mental health. In this episode Maggie talks to Katie Womersley, VP of Engineering at Buffer, about what it means for managers to be the first line of defense when it comes to mental health at work. Like this episode? Be sure to leave a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ review and share the pod with your friends. You can connect with Maggie on Twitter @maggiecrowley @HYPERGROWTH_Pod
Remote vs. On-site: With Guests Katie Womersley & Emily Freeman
On this episode of if/else, host Mayuko Inoue explores a choice faced by developers and the companies that employ them: is it better to work remotely or in an office? Remote work can give employees and contractors greater flexibility and autonomy, but it can also lead to social isolation. On-site work can result in better social connection with co-workers, but it can also mean annoying commutes for employees, and expensive office space for businesses.The episode begins with a quick backgrounder on these two options, and you’ll hear from several software developers about what they like and dislike about each scenario.You’ll also meet Jonathan Sexton. Jonathan is a front end developer based in San Antonio, Texas. He’s weighing two job offers; one for a remote gig, and one at an office. Jonathan values the potential flexibility of the remote job as he manages a busy family life, but he also knows that, as a junior developer, he may learn more from senior colleagues if he’s on-site.To help Jonathan decide on which option might work best for his career and his young family, we’ve enlisted the help of two experts to debate the promises and pitfalls of remote and on-site work.Emily Freeman is the author of DevOps for Dummies and leads the modern operations team in cloud advocacy at Microsoft.Katie Womersley is the VP of Engineering at Buffer and advocates for remote work and distributed teams.Katie and Emily join Mayuko to explore the pros and cons of each job scenario to give Jonathan—and anyone else facing this important decision—some useful advice on what he should consider as he weighs his options. They also discuss the contentious issue of location-based pay; should remote developers living in areas with a lower cost of living, be paid less than their colleagues in expensive cities?During the debate, Katie references a study on increased productivity from remote work. You can also read about the unintended consequences of open-concept offices in a study from the Harvard Business School.if/else is an original podcast by CTO.ai, makers of The Ops Platform. The Ops Platform makes it easy for development teams to create and share workflow automations without leaving the command line. Visit cto.ai/platform to join the beta.If you enjoy the show, please leave a ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ rating or review on Apple Podcasts.
#2: Katie Womersley (VP Engineering at Buffer) on managing a fully remote engineering team
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Today we're chatting with Katie Womersley, VP Engineering at Buffer. Katie manages a completely remote engineering team at Buffer. She's sharing her tips for building a productive and motivated team from afar. With so many misunderstandings happening in face-to-face meetings, it's hard to imagine these pains don't just get amplified when your team is remote. Katie shares her tips on how to make it all just work from a unique perspective. If you like what you hear, subscribe to the whole season, and please give us ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ in the reviews. 🙏 --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/soapbox/message
Managing Remote Teams: Katie Womersley (VP of Engineering at Buffer)
Working with a remote team has many upsides, but managing a remote developer team is one tough job to have. There are loads of challenges you wouldn’t have to worry about in an office, like possible time zone differences or making sure people feel part of the company. It requires a lot of attention to keep everything on track.We sat down with Katie Womersley, the VP of Engineering at Buffer. She’s managing many remote engineering teams, and she shared a lot of invaluable experience she picked up over the years in dealing with all the obstacles of working with distributed teams.In this episode, we're covering:Usual challenges remote developer teams faceKey elements to make a remote team workDOs and DONTs of managing a remote teamHandling time zone differencesOn-boarding people new to remote workRemote rewardsExcerpt from the interview:The dark side of managing a remote developer team:“Remote developer teams often have mental health issues that people don't talk about. It could make your teammates less productive, less healthy, and more likely to quit and go work somewhere in an office where they feel better. Anxiety and depression correlate with feeling lonely or being isolated. Naturally, when working remotely, people often work from home most of the time.Many but not all developers find themselves a bit more introverted, a bit more on the quiet side, so they’re not going out every day with a ton of friends. One thing we see is that the rate of anxiety and depression is higher with remote workers, so the most practical advice is to be very open in talking about mental health with people, because it really affects their work and their ability to be a successful teammate on the job.Remember, a manager is not a therapist; it's not your job to solve the issue, but it’s your job to be aware of it and to make sure your teammate gets proper help. Make sure they go see a doctor, go to a co-working space, get out and do some exercise, or get an actual therapist before it ends up becoming a real health problem.”Click here to read the full interview!
How Buffer.com Develops Engineering Leadership Skills From Day 1 With Katie Womersley
There is an inherent difference between leaders and managers that is often overlooked. While most think that leaders are “born,” Katie Womersley, VP of Engineering at Buffer, disagrees. Leaders and managers both require skills that can be taught, and developing those employees from within the company can be the most timely and economically efficient way to do so. We also discuss the perception of status, authority, and vulnerability with the workplace. Show Notes What is Buffer? Leaders vs. Managers Setting expectations for leadership growth Questions that threaten authority status Perception management and vulnerability Levels of career framework Katie’s journey into management Transitioning others into management and bumps along the way The “dark side” of management...is it real? Developing leaders from within the organization Katie’s favorite resources on leadership & management Links: https://marcusblankenship.com/ Sponsor: www.GitPrime.com https://buffer.com/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/kathleenwomersley/
EP18: The Remote Manager’s Manual with Katie Womersley
Today’s guest is Katie Womersley, a champion of remote work from Buffer, where she works as VP of Engineering. Her writing about management and tech leadership has been featured in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company, to name but a few. Over the course of our conversation, Katie lays out a masterclass in leadership and management, touching subjects as diverse as: dealing with workplace conflicts, knowing when to delegate and when to educate, how to protect your team from bullies up and down the chain of command, and how to to focus on deep work while still communicating as much as possible with your team.
What’s a good blueprint for remote managers to follow if they want to delegate more responsibility and help their team members grow? How does a star manager solve team conflict and deal with the “brilliant jerk” scenario? Buffer’s VP of Engineering, Katie Womersley, talks to us about her management philosophy.Welcome to the DistantJob Podcast, a show where we interview the top remote leaders, picking their brains on how to build and lead remote teams who win.Today’s guest is Katie Womersley, a champion of remote work from Buffer, where she works as VP of Engineering. Her writing about management and tech leadership has been featured in The Next Web, Inc Magazine and Fast Company, to name but a few.Over the course of our conversation, Katie lays out a masterclass in leadership and management, touching subjects as diverse as: dealing with workplace conflicts, knowing when to delegate and when to educate, how to protect your team from bullies up and down the chain of command, and how to to focus on deep work while still communicating as much as possible with your team.Want to continue the conversation with Katie? Twitter: https://twitter.com/katie_womersWebsite: http://katiewomersley.comMedium: https://medium.com/@kawomersleyOther Resources:Blog posts on Slack Hygiene:— https://stories.buffer.com/i-turned-slack-off-for-a-week-heres-what-happened-6b6a764febc— https://medium.com/@nkammah/slack-quiet-hours-experiment-d7ab9405b703Rands Leadership Slack: http://randsinrepose.com/welcome-to-rands-leadership-slack/ As always, if you enjoy the podcast, we humbly ask that you leave a review on iTunes or your podcast syndication service of choice – and if you could share it, that would be even better!Need that one incredible employee to bolster your team? Get in touch at https://distantjob.com/contact/ and we’ll find you who you need.Special Offer to podcast listeners this month only: DistantJob will pay 50% of your new employees' first month of salary. Listen to the end to find out how! (expires 22nd March 2019)