„It’s my first week as a Grapefruit employee. So far, the people I’ve interacted with seem to be quite fun. Everyone is giving me a relaxed feeling, which I’m really digging, and I feel like I’m in the right place. As for Iași, I’m excited to come visit it again soon, as I’ve previously been there before. When it comes to remote working, I’ve been doing this for quite a few years now, the fact that I can be in a certain place today, and somewhere else tomorrow is the best kind of arrangement for me.” – Alin, Front-End Developer, Bucuresti
„Even if I am far from my colleagues from Iași, I feel them very close to me. We have meetings every morning where we drink our coffee together, we talk, and we prepare for the current day. We also have twice a week meetings where we play online games or watch commercials.
Besides that, in March I visited Iași and met my colleagues live, which was a wonderful experience and in which I felt like I was meeting some old friends. My integration in the team was easy, and my colleagues are friendly, open, and nice. I felt like I was part of the team from day one.” – Lorena, Content Editor, Timișoara
„Working at Grapefruit has been a great experience for me so far. Even though I work remote, the HR department facilitated meetings with all of my colleagues. There is a buddy system that allowed me to get to know a colleague better, and I have weekly meetings with my team. We try to use our webcam during our meeting so get to see each other and that helps to close the distance gap.
All the internal tools that we use also help to get to know the team, what project you work on, what is the schedule for the day, so I don’t feel lost even though I work remote. The communication between me and my colleagues is great, everybody was very helpful, understanding and made me feel that I am part of the Grapefruit Team.” – Dan Voitasec, UX Designer, București
„How can we feel connected when we’re apart? I joined Grapefruit on the first working week of January, fully remote from Brașov. For me, it wasn’t a challenge to be part of a remote team, as I used to do that since the beginning of the pandemic. The game changer happened to be the people I met at Grapefruit!
Even though my team was in Iași, I got the feeling we were in an open co-working space, and we can reach out whenever it was needed. Another thing that got me the feeling of connection was the events my team is constantly doing, like „Pink Friday” or „La Palavre”. During these meetings we can share thoughts, ideas on different subjects and exchange opinions.
One thing that the pandemic taught us all, I believe, is to be more assertive and to double-check a person’s feelings to make sure they are ok. This happened to me when, out of nowhere, a colleague came to me and asked me if I’m ok. “How are you dealing with this?” – this was another sign I was on the right team, where we care about each other.
I wanted to be there for my team, so even though my we were assigned different tasks, I would keep a daily written status on Slack where everyone could come back and see what is going on and confirm the progress in real-time. There I included puns or small jokes to brighten the mood. More than that, right from the beginning, I went above and beyond to make sure my team is aware I am there for them if needed. I would also check up on people before assigning a complex task. That lead me to real connections with my team, and we shared more than I would have expected. When I heard one of my colleagues was passing through Brașov, I proposed to her that we met in person. Oh, and what a fun time we spent together, when showing her the city.
As soon as the possibility to work a few days from Iași arrived, I jumped at it with no restrains and was one of the best times to spend with my colleagues. I remember I got there and everybody hugged me and wanted to spend time with me and show me the city, the nice places you need to go if you are in Iași.
Also, even my team-lead went out with me to grab a drink, and we talked about different topics about life, and we got to know each other better. I loved it, and it also made me feel even more included.
That being said, when we are not working together on the same open floor, the people are the ones that are making a difference, they have the assertiveness and the willingness to stay around and stay connected no matter how many walls (or kilometers) we have between us.„ – Luminița, Project Manager, Brașov
Even if they are hundreds of kilometers away, our colleague’s story make us understand that they do feel as being part of the team. They’re constantly interacting with their colleagues on a daily basis and staying up to date on everything that is going on within the company. Furthermore, the ability to come to the office whenever they want, even if only for a few days, makes them feel excited and satisfied with our integration plan.