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Psychological safety drives remote teams.

Research shows that psychologically safe teams have better outcomes and retention. This is especially true in remote work, where trust forms the baseline for communication.

Unfortunately, building trust in a remote setting is extremely difficult.

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Build remote team trust with Kona's EQ habits.

1. Daily mood check-ins

Kona's daily check-ins create conversations about emotions. This transparency creates opportunities for bonding, emotional literacy, and trust.

2. Work style
profiles

Kona's work style insights make it easy to adapt to teammate preferences. This awareness promotes more empathy-based communication.

3. Team health reports

Kona's health reports give actionable alerts about burnout and culture. This visibility allows for real-time recognition and intervention.

1. Daily mood check-ins

When are check-ins sent?
Every morning, Kona will send a check-in to your team's Slack channel. Teammates can respond in three colors (green, yellow, or red) and elaborate with an optional emoji or line description. Responses are visible to the team only.

The impact of emotional transparency
Sharing emotions makes vulnerability and trust a default. With check-ins, teammates can quickly check-in with each other, offer help, and spark casual conversation.

Read how Kona's check-ins helped TeamSnap's Engineering team →

2. Working style profiles

How does Kona find my work style?
Kona generates work style insights based on manual questions and an AI algorithm. Kona's algorithm analyzes public communication patterns to create a Five Factor Model profile. Teammates need to review their profile and "publish" it to make their insights available to the wider team.

Why the Five Factor Model?
The Five Factor Model is one of the few psychologist-backed personality measurements. Research shows that machine learning can reveal Five Factor's personality footprint in text.

Read more about how we use data →

3. Team health reports

Who can view Team Health reports?
We believe culture starts with the relationship between managers and their team. That's why Team Health graphs and individual Red-Yellow-Green responses are only visible to the manager. Managers of managers and People Ops teams can access the generalized graph view.

How does Kona deliver smart insights?
Kona looks for emotional patterns to give remote leaders a sixth sense. For example, Kona will detect if a person is yellow and alert the manager.

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Empathy is a habit.

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