Remote Team Strategy

Help Socially Responsible Agricultural Project create strategies and best practices for their virtual team in terms of communication, collaboration and culture.

Project Details

What We Need
  • A written document that summarizes the Organization’s needs and goals for remote staff and virtual collaboration
  • Best practices and tips for the Organization’s remote staff members, including recommendations on the best virtual collaboration tools, such as Slack, Trello, Google apps, Zoom, etc.
  • Recommendations for managing projects with remote staff, including how to set up a digital workspace for easy collaboration, and how to establish communication styles and structures that support effective virtual teamwork
  • Advice on budget considerations for tools, travel, and in-person meetings for remote staff members
Additional Details

We are in a period of transition for our team. I'm a new Executive Director, and I want to explore and integrate best practices for our team moving forward that allows for good communication and collaboration.

What We Have In Place
  • We currently have a plan for change moving forward, which should make it easy for you to get started. We also have plenty of information on how we communicate and collaborate, and the ability to provide any other information you need.
How This Will Help
This project will save us $5,776 , allowing us to put more funds toward expanding our team and programmatic work.

This project is important for us to develop best practices to work with one another effectively, efficiently and productively. We are located all over the country, and we want team members to feel engaged, involved, seen and heard.

Project Plan

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Prep: Information Sharing
  • Volunteer Manager provides Professional with a summary of the Organization’s current or planned remote staff structure, including any known or anticipated challenges
  • Volunteer Manager outlines Organization’s goals for remote staff and teamwork, including any budget allowances for software, and in-person meetings or staff retreats
  • Professional requests contact information for specific remote staff members to conduct informational interviews, if needed / appropriate
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Milestone 1: Assessment
  • Professional reviews the information provided and drafts an initial assessment of what is working and what can be improved with the Organization’s current remote team structure, processes, and tools
  • Volunteer Manager reviews the assessment and provides feedback to Professional
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Milestone 2: Draft Recommendations
  • Professional makes recommendations for specific processes and tools that support the Organization’s remote staff, and address specific challenges with remote communication or collaboration
  • Volunteer Manager reviews and provides feedback to Professional, including identifying any specific tools that the Organization would like more information on
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Milestone 3: Final Recommendations & Next Steps
  • Professional incorporates Volunteer Manager’s feedback into the final recommendations document, including any additional information about specific tools (features, pricing, etc.) that the Volunteer Manager has requested
  • Professional delivers the final recommendations document, and provides advice on how the Organization can take the next steps to implement them
  • Note: If you want to set up Google apps for your remote team, please post the Google Apps Setup project
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About The Org

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project
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Our Mission

SRAP informs and educates the general public about the negative effects of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs)--also known as factory farms--while working directly with U.S. communities impacted by this destructive form of industrial animal agriculture. Through public education, issue advocacy, and local community organizing, SRAP empowers rural residents to protect their public health, environmental quality, natural resources and local economies from the damaging impacts of factory farms.

What We Do

We are a mobilizing force to help communities oppose the construction and expansion of concentrated animal feeding operations, but we are also building out a food and farm network to support, educate and empower rural residents to advocate for a food system that's built on regenerative practices, justice, democracy and resilience. We are looking to build out the ranks of organizers employed by SRAP, building diversity into our project and also looking at how we can transition contract growers and conventional livestock and dairy producers into SRAP organizers and advocates.

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