People at Work
People at Work
Apr 29, 2020
10-years of remote work with Ryan Malone
Play • 34 min

I think we’re all wondering what our new normal is going to be after COVID-19. Personally, I don’t think everyone is going to go back to the office. Remote work won’t necessarily become the norm, but it’s going to become way more common.

So what can we expect?

SmartBug Media has been fully remote for 10+ years and I recently had the chance to chat with Ryan Malone about all things remote work.

Some key takeaways?

  • Being productive is one thing, but you need to actively encourage people to connect on a personal level.
  • Some people are just better suited for remote work than others. After hiring for a remote company for 10+ years, Ryan shared some great tips on what to look for.
  • Transparency and trust are always important but the importance is magnified when remote.

The conversation ran the full gamut, but an analogy he used really drove home the overall message to me. You know when someone moves away and people will say they drifted apart. Well...most of the time they drifted because they didn’t put in the effort. As a remote company, you need to put in the extra effort.

About our guest:

Ryan is CEO & Founder of SmartBug Media, a leading Intelligent Inbound marketing agency with a unique 100% remote business model. He enjoys the gym, live music, people watching, and playing terrible guitar. 

Connect with Ryan on LinkedIn at


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