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Uplevel launches new features to support remote work
How we work and manage our teams has changed overnight. We launched three new features for teams to track burnout, social isolation, and throughput to make sure teams are getting work done while staying sane.
On our eternal quest toward more effective productivity, we spend a lot of time thinking about meetings. Uplevel looks at everything from time spent in meetings to prevalence of multitasking during them (we can’t quit you, Slack), giving a sense of overall “Meeting Health.”
Engineering managers and leaders are charged with a challenging task: How do they support engineers to do their best work—and how do they know if it’s happening? Ideally, that support begins by guiding your engineers in setting goals, later analyzing the data to see how they are tracking.
We thought remote work might get us away from workplace distractions - we were wrong. Deep work is an compelling alternative, but hard to protect and scale. Uplevel wants to change that - here's my illustrated review.
Remote work has fundamental differences from in-person collaboration. After weeks of working from home, engineering teams are feeling the impact of Zoom fatigue. The dissolution of work-home boundaries leaves many feeling “always on,” leading to burnout. In response, some managers are giving more space and time for employees to recharge. But what happens to those already feeling isolated?
A typical workday has so many agenda-heavy meetings—project kickoffs, internal reviews, town halls—that we tend to see manager/dev 1:1s as casual check-ins.