Excellence at Work Podcast Episode 271: 8 Strategies to Connect Your Remote Organizations

Water cooler talk, happy hours, and lunch breaks have served as the foundation of the social “playground” for in-office, corporate environments. Employees leverage both organized and informal opportunities to build trust and create connections among colleagues.

So how can you replicate this in a remote work environment?

Join Drew Remiker, Sr. Director of Strategic Services at NovoEd, where he’ll share how the pandemic altered NovoEd from a San Francisco-based office culture to a remote culture spanning 27 U.S. states and seven countries.

Despite NovoEd’s remote workforce, annual engagement results show that its staff is highly motivated and connected. Learn eight strategies NovoEd has applied over the past four years to instill a culture of connection and innovation.

Topics include:

  • How to create virtual “water cooler” spaces
  • Celebrating diversity through education and cultural events
  • Strategies for improved intra- and inter-team collaboration
  • Manifesting trust, diversity, team, and innovation as values in your organization

Speaker Bio:

Drew Remiker is the Sr. Director of Strategic Services at NovoEd, where he leads a team of consultants and partners supporting enterprise organizations on their strategic initiatives. He has spent nearly 15 years teaching, designing curriculum, and developing training programs for students and teachers in K-12 education, higher education, and corporate clients. He designed NovoEd’s flagship free educational offering “Foundations of Learning Experience Design (LXD),” which has now had over 41,000 registrants from all across the world. His San Francisco Bay Area roots have informed his passion for creating accessible, engaging educational experiences as a former special educator as well as inclusive experiences for corporate environments.

Host: Rachel Cooke, COO and Principal HCM Analyst, Brandon Hall Group™

Rachel Cooke is Brandon Hall Group’s Chief Operating Officer and Principal HCM Analyst. She is responsible for business operations, including client and member advisory services, marketing design, annual awards programs, conferences and the company’s project management functions. She also leads Advancing Women in the Workplace and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, research and events. Rachel worked in the HCM research industry for 20+ years and held several key management and executive positions within the Talent and Learning Research and Performance Improvement industries.

Company Bio:

Founded at Stanford’s Social Algorithms Lab in 2012, NovoEd is a capability-building platform that uses social and collaborative learning to drive performance readiness at scale. Through cohort-based experiences, NovoEd taps into collective wisdom, placing each learner at the center of perspective, application, and expertise. Large enterprises such as 3M, GE, and Nestlé partner with NovoEd to accelerate their critical initiatives, reconnect teams, and achieve rapid alignment through learning that is felt, experienced, and swiftly transformed into impact. Visit novoed.com to learn more.

NovoEd won 39 Brandon Hall Group™ Excellence Awards® in 2023, including 10 HCM awards, 17 Tech awards and 12 EdTech awards.

NovoEd is a Platinum Brandon Hall Group™ Smartchoice® Preferred Provider for 2024-25 and a Gold Sponsor of the 2025 Human Capital Management Excellence Conference, Jan. 28-30, 2025, at the West Palm Beach Hilton.

Social Media Handles: 

Like what you see? Share with a friend.

Related Content

Resubscribe to our email distribution list.