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Remote Onboarding

August 2020

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Spotify Design Team

Every month we choose 3 Spotify designers to share their thoughts on design, tech, and work. There’s just one catch: They need to do it in (roughly) 3 sentences or less.


What tips do you have for people starting a new job while working remotely?

Ashwini Purohit

Senior Product Designer

1. Schedule shorter meetings for all those introductory one-on-ones — 30 minutes can feel like a long time over video.

2. I like to replicate a commute by taking a long walk at the end of the workday.

3. I can never find the things I bookmark or save, so keeping a simple table with all the useful resources I come across has been super valuable.


Gearóid O’Rourke

Product Design Manager

1. Accept that it will be harder to connect with people — don’t stress if it takes longer than you’d hoped.

2. Be ready to overshare. Being explicit about what you’re thinking and feeling helps avoid misunderstandings. It’s going to feel uncomfortable, but it’s worth it.

3. Set boundaries on your working time. It’s something your team will appreciate, just as much as you “finishing that deck this weekend”. 


Mitul Iyengar

Product Designer

1. Reorganize your physical space to give yourself a mental “reset”.

2. Discuss the same topics with different people. It’ll help you absorb the information and give you a broader perspective on how things work.

3. Set up 15-minute one-to-ones where you talk about non-work stuff — it’ll help you get to know each other!

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