Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Friday, Aug 16, 2019
The more we rely on technology to make us efficient, the fewer skills we have to confront the unexpected, says writer and entrepreneur Margaret Heffernan. She shares why we need less tech and more messy human skills – imagination, humility, bravery – to solve problems in business, government and life in an unpredictable age.
Tips, resources, and a Todoist checklist for being successful as a “digital nomad”.
Thursday, Aug 15, 2019
To our dismay, our study discovered a tendency on the part of managers to blame employees for the mistreatment they experience.
New research finds that, when a neighborhood’s green space leads to better health outcomes, tree canopy provides most of the benefits.
Wednesday, Aug 14, 2019
We all wanted to swim faster and the more hysterically we tried, the more speed escaped us. The same goes for happiness. Everyone wants to be happy, yet the more directly we pursue happiness, the more elusive it becomes.
Creating airtight policies for remote work, flexible schedules, and working from home is essential for both you and your employees. Although the word “policy” sounds serious and complex, writing a remote work policy doesn’t have to be overwhelming. We’ve created a guide along with three customizable templates so you can create and update policies for the modern, flexible workplace.
Tuesday, Aug 13, 2019
In this episode of Deviate, Matt discusses what led him to travel, and adapting to life on the road; planning his first trip, and the early days of travel; the impact of travel, and the concept of being “interesting”; travel friendships and relationships; travel obstacles; and his evolution as a traveler over the course of a decade.
Recently I hired someone new here at Know Your Team. Here’s exactly what I wrote on Day 1 and the 23 questions I asked as a part of our employee onboarding process.
Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Neuroscientist Shane O’Mara believes that plenty of regular walking unlocks the cognitive powers of the brain like nothing else. He explains why you should exchange your gym kit for a pair of comfy shoes and get strolling.
Remote work is the new normal for developers. Remote workers are connected. But the issue hasn’t disappeared entirely. The burnout problem is real. Developers expect remote work to improve work-life balance.
Friday, Aug 9, 2019
A script for convincing your manager to let you work from home or deviate from traditional work hours.
In my first series I wanted to talk about what it means to be a leader in a distributed team.
Thursday, Aug 8, 2019
The telephone began to pervade our lives at the end of the 19th century, and then — as you can see in these photos from The New York Times’s archives — it became our lives. Cellphones were a significant inflection point. They made it possible for us to be available at virtually any moment, which was so extraordinary that most of us tacitly accepted that we should be available at virtually any moment.
If you plan on hiring remote, or you have already recently, this post is for you.
Below we’ve broken down everything you need to know about hiring remote employees that you might not have seen coming, so you can better manage those remote team members.
We’ll cover a variety of common issues including communication, management, scheduling, and recruiting challenges.
Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
Once viewed as a frivolity, emojis are now key to clear and concise communication, esprit de corps and cultivating a shared corporate culture.
For the past several years I’ve been putting in a lot of time into learning and sharing people skills (without the bullshit).
I’m interested in skills from dealing with your own emotions, through communication with close co-workers to high-stakes negotiating.
I’m curious: what are some people skills that you wish you had learned earlier in your career or that you wish your co-workers had easier access to?
Tuesday, Aug 6, 2019
My dad was one of the only people with a good-for-life, go-anywhere American Airlines pass. Then they took it away. This is the true story of having—and losing—a superpower.
TL;DR: Don’t hangout with too many “travelers or transients.” Find locals wherever you are that won’t leave. If you do meet travelers/transients make sure you are leaving the destination before them. You only have so much social energy so spend it on those people that have a higher potential for ROI. Travelers/transients leave, whereas locals will always be in the same city for you to return to.
Monday, Aug 5, 2019
To put your hybrid team skills to the test, I believe in-office leaders should try working from home for a week to gain empathy and insight into the challengesr emote employees face.
hadn’t worked much in about a month and — perhaps against my better judgment — I looked at my checking account, hoping that all my outstanding payments had been made in the time I was away.
They had not… Looking at my bank account statement, I was first shocked, then panicked, then livid. After I cycled through those emotions, I decided to take action.