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Monday, Jul 13, 2020
I’ve been working with people all over the world, almost entirely remotely (from Lagos, Nigeria), as a software developer, project manager, CTO & CEO for more than 6 years now.
Working from home (or anywhere, really) is something that comes naturally to me but I find that a lot of people struggle with it especially in these times.
Better hiring leads to better work environments, less turnover, and more innovation and productivity. When you understand the limitations and pitfalls of the job interview, you improve your chances of hiring the best possible person for your needs.
Saturday, Jul 11, 2020
Under the plan employees will “begin to primarily work on a remote basis to achieve a working style that allows them to flexibly use their time according to the contents of their work, business roles, and lifestyle”.
Friday, Jul 10, 2020
This week’s NODESK newsletter features 23 new remote jobs, and the week’s top remote work reads.
It’s a process I’ve developed called surgical reading and it means that when I’m reading a non-fiction book, I focus on locating and removing the most valuable pieces of information from it quickly as possible. This allows me to read many different books across a single topic at once, so I can look at it from multiple perspectives. My goal is to quickly locate valuable knowledge and use the information I acquire in the real world to solve problems.
I’ll go first.
My mistake: I arrived overseas planning to use ATMs to withdraw cash for living expenses. I’ve been in this country before (cash society) and was able to make ATM withdrawals before, so I didn’t think anything about it. But between the first time and the second time, I switched banks…only to find out that my new bank couldn’t service ATMs in the country. I arrived with literally no way to pay for anything.
Thursday, Jul 9, 2020
When crew from CNN’s “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown” contacted me in February 2014 to ask for assistance with an upcoming shoot in Thailand, of course I agreed without hesitation.
Best practices for hybrid teams collaborating across headquarters and home offices.
Wednesday, Jul 8, 2020
What do people learn too late?
For years, home sharing has put pressure on hotel rates and occupancy levels. Social distancing, hygiene and refund policies may be the new game changers.
Tuesday, Jul 7, 2020
Try as you might to stare into your laptop camera, it’s difficult to not look at the video of your face in the corner of your computer or phone screen. Whether it’s to analyze your own reactions to colleagues or to simply find solace among a hyperstimulating medium, gazing at your own image on video calls is hardly a novel phenomenon.
One of the most common reasons people are hesitant about working from home is feeling disconnected from coworkers, bosses, and company culture. This is also a common reason employers are skeptical about remote work too.
However, there are a lot of ways to stay connected while working from home.
Monday, Jul 6, 2020
A week into New York’s second phase of post-lockdown re-opening, dozens of the companies with office space in one of the world’s most famous buildings are trying to figure out when, how - even whether - to come back.
Different tech companies run their interviews in very different ways, and I think it’s silly to expect candidates to magically intuit how your company’s interview process works.
It sucks for everyone when a candidate is surprised with an unexpected interview.
Sunday, Jul 5, 2020
The European Union moved closer to recommending that travelers from the U.S. shouldn’t be allowed to enter the bloc even after July 1, according to a draft decision being considered by governments.
The percentage of Americans who are employed sits at just over 50%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ employment-population ratio. The figure plunged to 51.3% in April (the lowest level on record) and edged up to 52.8% in May.
Friday, Jul 3, 2020
This week’s NODESK newsletter features 28 new remote jobs, a feature on Close and the week’s top remote work reads.
The Netherlands may have figured out something about working from home (pandemic or no) that the rest of the world has yet to learn.
Thursday, Jul 2, 2020
Employers argue they make considerable savings on real estate when workers shift from office to home work. However, these savings result from passing costs on to workers.
Unless employees are fully compensated, this could become a variant of what urban theorist Andy Merrifield calls parasitic capitalism, whereby corporate profits increasingly rely on extracting value from the public — and now personal — realm, rather than on generating new value.
What kinds of space are we willing to live and work in now?