1. Everyone's first question is: Did you have to go through quarantine or health inspections at LAX?
No, when I departed Los Angeles on March 10th with Philippine Airlines, I only had to fill out a form stating I had not been to some of the most infected parts of the world (Wuhan, parts of Korea, etc). However, I was in Las Vegas for one of my best friend's bachelor parties, the founder of Denver Muscle Therapy. I was a bit worried about being outside and in public then, but thankfully I have passed the incubation period and feel great today. So it's official I did not catch the coronavirus... yet.
2. Did they let you into the Philippines easily?
Yes, there was no tests. I went through immigration the exact same way I have all the previous times I've entered the country. Tons of people were wearing more facemasks, which is already way more common in Asia than the US. So, it felt appropriate, not too shocking, and definitely felt like it was indeed 'coronavirus season.'
5. How do a transition my team from a physical office to a remote team?
I asked my friend and mentor here in Manila, Joe Magnotti, the Founder of Empire Flippers since they have a ~70 person team and have been doing the remote team strategy for much longer than we have here at Handshaking.
He summed it up in one sentence:
"Track all work objectively and compare results against similar workers."
Solid advice, the only thing you can measure with a remote team is results, since you can't really ever 100% measure their location, or working hours, like what physical offices are notoriously known for tracking. Give people the freedom, and make sure are specific with goals (tracking objectively), and compare against other workers to make sure you're not setting goals too high or too low--Thanks Joe!
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Aside from that, I found these two great posts that go into the details way more than I wanted to in this post, so enjoy:
-Transitioning to Remote Work in a Hurry
-Apocalypse post on Closing your physical office. Now.
PS Here are some of the benefits we pay all of our remote staff in Philippines.
-Invitation to 2 team retreats annually in Philippines
-Upgraded computer or smartphone
-Home office annual stipend
Anyway, i hope this helps, feel free to contact me with any questions.
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