With operations spread across five countries and staff located around the world, Ismael and the Foodics team rely heavily on Slack for both instant and asynchronous communication. The popular messaging platform solves a great deal of their day-to-day communications needs, and Foodics also created their own weekly ritual. Every Thursday, in a session called “All Minds,” the CEO virtually meets with the entire company so everyone can share ideas and celebrate recent achievements.
Remote hiring invites flexibility
Remote work culture helps Foodics be more flexible about their hiring practices. The company was established in Khobar in 2014, and now operate in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, UAE, and Egypt, with entirely virtual staff in India, Pakistan, Belgium, and more to come as Foodics continues to scale. “I’m not stuck as a director of current acquisition to hire people in a specific location,” says Ismael. “I’m not locked into a certain location now, so I can tap into the top talents around the world.”
Boost morale by meeting face-to-face
Foodics knows that coming together in person is essential for creating connections across their teams. Ismael tells us that Foodics hosts “gatherings” where they invite everyone from a particular region to come together. “We go through exercises, team building, and share the company strategy,” he tells us. “We brainstorm about what we’re about to do, and we get feedback from the team members about what we should be doing.”
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