Friends Inside My Computer: Making Connections in a Remote Workplace

Drupal Camp Asheville 2024 - July 12th-14th

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Kelly Dassing, Chris Manning and Sam Seide

We’ve all heard the old adage: you spend more time with your coworkers than with your family. While it’s still true, things are a little more complicated for remote teams. The “work family” you may have had when stuck in cubicle farms isn’t quite the same when you work for a distributed company. Whether you’re an extrovert or an introvert, chances are you’ll miss that human connection eventually. Luckily, if you’re like us, you can forge solid friendships with your coworkers—even when you live on opposite sides of the country.

In this session, we’ll talk about different ways to connect with your colleagues on a deeper level. From regional and travel-in teambuilding events to keeping the conversations alive through the computer screen, there are connections to be made and bonds to be strengthened. Hear the story of the real-life friendship that blossomed between these three Mediacurrent team members from different departments and how it helps them in their day-to-day work.

This session will be best appreciated by anyone who is a remote worker, whether employed by a small company or larger corporation.

Chris Manning, Kelly Dassing, and Sam Seide at Star Tours

About the Presenters

Kelly Dassing is a Senior Project Manager at Mediacurrent and has been in Client Services for Drupal projects for 7 years. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son and enjoys video games, hiking, and Renaissance festivals.

Sam Seide is a Drupal Developer at Mediacurrent with a lengthy history in design. He lives in Oklahoma with his wife and 2 kids and loves all things Halloween, Disney, and soccer. Ask him about his Spider-Man costume.

Chris Manning is the Director of QA at Mediacurrent, building on more than a decade of experience in development testing. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and is passionate about boxing, gaming, and breaking your code.

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