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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
December 21, 2016

Remote Work Strategies: Location Conditioning

Remote Work

Working from home can be both rewarding and challenging. Our mobile developers meet monthly to socialize and discuss any challenges we encounter. This article is the second in a series where we discuss some of the tips and tricks that we have used in order to create routines and maintain a work-life balance.

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Abbey Jackson
Posted by Abbey Jackson
November 28, 2016

Remote Work Tips: Conditioning

When you do remote work, you don't have the same natural constructs in place that mentally prepare you for the work day. There is no lunch room where co-workers are, no fridge to squeeze your lunch into, no smell of coffee wafting out of the kitchen, no colleagues hanging out by your desk to gab with.  When you go into a workplace, the very act of traveling there and entering the building puts you in work mode. You adjust your behavior, however so slightly. You probably don't swear as often, are wearing clean clothes, and have brushed your hair. Whether you realize it or not, these things are really important to set the stage for your work day - they condition you into work mode. As a remote worker you need to be conscious of this deficit and be diligent about finding your own work routines. Over the next few weeks, we will dig into several of the things our mobile developers do to be productive. These are tips that even non-remote workers can benefits from!

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
November 9, 2016

Metova: A Great Place to Work

We want to be the best place you’ve ever worked. Metova was founded by a  developer who wanted to build a company where he would like to work. While we have gone through several changes over the years, providing a good place to work is still of utmost importance. We listen to our developers and strive to create an environment where they enjoy coming into work every day.

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Skye McCaskey
Posted by Skye McCaskey
September 12, 2016

3 Steps to Conflict Resolution

As much as we would like for every relationship and project to be all sunshine and rainbows, there are always issues and conflicts that arise. It's just a part of being human. Even though you can't avoid conflict altogether, how you respond when it does occur makes a world of difference. Just like a bone that breaks, if you manage it correctly, it will be even stronger when it's healed. There are three steps that will help make your interaction a success.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
June 13, 2016

It's Our Birthday! 10 Years of Mobile App Development

This week, we are celebrating our ten year anniversary! It’s been an adventure. We’ve joined forces with A4 Solutions, built new offices, acquired some excellent companies, built our own products, and expanded our service offerings. Here’s a look at how we began and what we have achieved.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 31, 2016

Make Remote Work Easier With These Tools

Being a remote worker offers a large amount of autonomy and flexibility, it also comes with some unique challenges. Staying focused, being transparent, and communicating clearly and effectively are imperative to success in remote work. Recently I discussed with a group of Metovian remote workers the tools they rely on. Although we found these tools to be helpful in a remote working context, they are undoubtably useful for in-office use as well.

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Ron Unger
Posted by Ron Unger
May 6, 2016

Working Remotely From Home

Flexible working conditions are one of the many perks for Metova employees. With approval, we can work away from the office from every once in awhile, to a scheduled number of days per week, to only seeing the office once every couple of months. Managing communication, environment, security, and schedule are key to making working remotely from home successful. Director of Technology, Ron Unger, the first Metovian hired to work remotely 100% of the time, gave us some insight into making it work.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 6, 2016

What does it mean to be accountable?

As previously discussed, being transparent is the first step in becoming autonomous. Once you have the knowledge and tools in place to be transparent, you are on your way to gaining accountability. From there you gain responsibility and trust. Accountability is a natural friend to transparency. A lack of transparency and accountability can quickly turn into blame when ego is added.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 6, 2016

Metova's Got Talent

 Entering the elevator, I notice Tommy, our new hire, carrying a large stick-looking object. “Whatcha got there?” I ask. “A didgeridoo. It’s for the talent show today.” “Oh, of course,” I respond agreeably, although I have no clue what he is referring to.  

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Metova
Posted by Metova
May 5, 2016

How You Need To Be Communicating With Your Clients

Talk More, Build Less

A common pitfall for development companies is not having enough communication with their clients. A development team may go days or weeks without telling the client anything about the progress made on their application. We have heard clients complain about their experiences with poorly communicating companies. “I never knew what they were doing. They didn’t talk to me until they were done with something.” Many development companies regard this complaint with low priority. Instead, they focus on creating as much code as possible in a business day. To the developers, it seems like the more time spent talking with the client will result in less time working on the code. This disconnect between the development team and the client is one that drives miscommunication, skepticism, and ultimately, frustration.

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 5, 2016

How Much Does Development Cost?

“How much does app development cost?” is the number one question Metova...

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Jennifer Pike
Posted by Jennifer Pike
May 5, 2016

Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

More than Money.

Offering salaries and raises alone does not necessarily make a good employee. According to Dan Pink’s TED Talk, monetary rewards increase performance, but only when tasks are straightforward and use very little, if any, thought. When tasks require thinking outside of the box and cognitive skills, monetary incentives have been found to actually decrease performance. In order to promote innovative thought and drive employees on an internal level, we give them goals. Autonomy, mastery, purpose: the same three elements that Dan Pink believes breed motivation and happiness. Taken separately, they mean little but when their powers combine create Captain Planet! No, that’s not right, what they really make is a happy, trustworthy, knowledgeable, and independent Metovian.

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