Coronavirus and the Remote Work Experiment

We’ll never probably be the same. People who were reticent to work remotely will find that they really thrive that way. Managers who didn’t think they could manage teams that were remote will have a different perspective. I do think we won’t go back.”

Jennifer Christie, Twitter’s head of human resources, in BuzzFeed News

It has been a challenging time around the world—from how we live our daily lives to how we keep our kids safe in schools and our family members healthy. 

And then there’s how we work. We’re receiving requests from employees and partners about how to navigate what is turning into a massive global work-from-home experiment. 

It’s not ideal on any level. Even at a cloud-friendly / remote-friendly company like Lydde, we rely on in-person team meeting and conferences to strengthen our connections and get work done.

But as the BuzzFeed story notes, this might also offer an opportunity for many companies to finally build a culture that allows long-overdue work flexibility. Millions of people will get the chance to experience days without long commutes, or the harsh inflexibility of not being able to stay close to home when a family member is sick. 

This might be a chance for a great reset in terms of how we work. 

Based on reading the distributed work revolution publish by Matt about the Automattic mind approach, I’m convince that we can operate a company without any facilities. But to succeed, we have to keep in mind several things:

  1. Operate as if everyone works from different time zones, because one day they might. This means more communication, likely written, that is accessible to people even if they can’t attend a specific meeting or be in a specific place. So we will embrace asynchronous communication.
  2. When we are hosting a real-time meeting, improve the audio (and video) quality. We sign up for Microsoft Teams, which allows for crystal clear audio calls or videoconference chats. Make video participation optional unless it’s planned well in advance. Record these calls so folks who can’t attend can catch up on what they missed. Everyone must use good headphones with mics to minimize external noise. Need a quiet place without distractions? Try a parked car or a closet.
  3. We use our Microsoft SharePoint & Yammer, instead of email as our central hub of communication so people throughout the company can access every team’s long-form notes, documents, and priorities. This is our new office, always on.  
  4. We also use also Microsoft Teams for real-time chat, social connection, and urgent conversations. We use it to chat and connect with our colleagues, but don’t let it replace our long-form planning notes in No. 3. Also create an etiquette that doesn’t force people to become chained to it all day and all night.

The truth is, there are a thousand ways to do remote work, but it starts with committing to it at all levels of the company. We assume positive intent and place trust in our coworkers and employees – knowing that if they do great work in an office they can do great work anywhere – then we will all succeed. 

YAKA Game Studio launch

Today, Inspire by Microsoft Build 2020 sessions and announcements, we decide to start a new business and to achieve kickoff a new division : YAKA.

This approach will brought all our knowledge in AI and machine learning to game industry. YAKA Game Studio is engaged in game design and development while we will produce and release titles.

We plan to release a new tycoon game within the next year that will experience a new business for us.

It’s an incredible feeling for us to work on this new playground as we all spent time on phone games during this disaster.

We can’t wait to share more with you over the next few months.

Update on the Coronavirus situation

This has been an unprecedented few days in an already unprecedented time.  As the world works to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, a sweeping set of societal and cultural changes are now impacting all of our daily lives. We’d like to take a moment to update all of you on what we’re doing at Lydde to ensure the health and wellbeing of our employees, while also making sure that everyone is rely on our products and services.

Since January, we’ve had a global taskforce closely monitoring the evolving situation with coronavirus and working daily to respond to the changing needs of our people in real time. We’ve been constantly assessing the risk of exposure in the regions where we have offices, guided by the recommendations from local and federal health authorities, and the information we’re getting from our own teams.

We implemented global travel restrictions in late February, eliminating all travel except very rare cases, and have been working with local leadership at each office and studio to make the best decisions for our people with the information we have. At the same time, we’ve been planning for business continuity, ensuring that our people have the support and resources they need to work from home.  Our IT and Security teams have scaled up our remote working systems, so that our studio and development work can be continued from home, in addition to standard business operations.

As of today, we have transitioned to strongly recommending that all our employees work from home until October 1st, to help limit potential exposure to coronavirus and minimize the social spread of the illness.  Many of these sites, including our headquarter, were already giving employees the option to work from home, and now is the time for greater measures.  We will only have very limited staff for business-critical functions at these sites — everyone else will be working remotely.  Our senior leaders, site leaders and IT teams have been working together to help us prepare for this. 

We’ve also taken steps to ensure that the vendors and contractors that provide services on-site at our facilities will continue to be paid, even if they’re not able to work from home in their roles.

As we take these steps for our employees,  we’re also very focused on minimizing any potential for disruption to our players.  We are confident in our continuity plans.  We don’t anticipate major changes in our products or services as a result of our teams working from home, but we’re learning through this process as well and patience will be key.  We’re constantly talking and working with our teams across the world to evolve with the situation.

These are challenging times for everyone.  We’re working to look after our employees and their families, and make sure we’re doing the right and responsible things to fight this pandemic illness.  We have amazing technology teams that are making it possible for all of this to happen, and we’re deeply thankful.  We may be doing it from our homes around the world, but we’re doing everything we can to be here for you.

Be safe and be well, everyone.