Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky told Axios in an interview that global travel may never fully recover, and that he sees a future where people travel much more within their own countries, possibly for longer stays.
Wednesday, Jul 1, 2020
Asynchronous written communication is the tool best suited for remote work. We are so used to talking to each other in the office, expecting immediate responses in work chat, and having meetings all day, that we tried to replicate that at home with zoom and slack.
Writing to each other in slack while expecting immediate answers, or setting up multiple zoom meetings every day will fail with remote work in the long run.
The Bali provincial government will focus on attracting digital nomads and those who work online to choose the island as their workplace when the island reopens for tourism.
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020
I’ve tried to write (what feels like) 15,000 versions of this essay. All of them ultimately cratered by the fact that it’s hard to write jocularly about deep emotional topics or emotionally about practical things. But I still (perhaps quixotically) think the below text should be useful to at least some sad people, so I’m posting this incomplete and imperfect version until I get time (probably never) to write the best version of this.
Lower taxes? Cheaper housing? Shorter commute? For some knowledge workers fleeing the big city amid the pandemic, the perks of relocating to a distant burg will soon grow stale.
Monday, Jun 29, 2020
The pandemic has devastated global tourism, and many will say ‘good riddance’ to overcrowded cities and rubbish-strewn natural wonders. Is there any way to reinvent an industry that does so much damage?
Some of the common experiences detailed in survey responses: enduring daily microaggressions; feeling targeted by superiors or external critics; being trotted out to defend a company’s diversity practices; being tasked with extra work typically reserved for diversity and inclusion officers.
Friday, Jun 26, 2020
This week’s NODESK newsletter features 28 new remote jobs, and the week’s top remote work reads.
I would like to share my approach to interviews and to emphasize the importance of storytelling when interviewing candidates for technical positions. Although I assume these tips can also be applied to interviews for product managers, designers, etc.
In the absence of travel, what is a travel writer to do?
Thursday, Jun 25, 2020
You want your team to feel connected remotely… but how do you do it without cheesy games and activities? Here are 8 ways to get virtual team building right.
This is a missed opportunity. When you work from home, you don’t have to replicate the office environment. In fact, you shouldn’t. Instead, you should consciously structure your workweek according to the benefits of each location.
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2020
Since coronavirus lockdowns forced workers to take their jobs home, the home office has once again become a much-coveted feature of modern living.
Many of us have long dismissed this gentle, approachable activity for more adrenaline-pumping forms of exercise. We’ve been missing out—big-time.
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2020
Doist’s Head of Marketing on how building a culture of trust, calm, and flexibility has led to the company’s 98% retention rate.
The Baltic country and EU member is the latest in a handful of countries to create a so-called “digital nomad visa” in the hopes of attracting remote workers to live — and, of course, spend money — inside their borders. For applicants, the key criteria is being able to demonstrate steady remote income.
As remote work evolves into a long-term reality, our discussions about it need to move beyond the deployment of digital technologies and the understandably awkward adjustment period to life outside of the office. It’s time to start thinking about remote work as a skill set that can be developed and honed.
Monday, Jun 22, 2020
All those buildings with fancy amenities were competing with each other to offer gyms, pools and movie lounges. Not only are the perks not enticing anyone right now, many aren’t even open or usable.
Most in demand now: home-office space, an in-unit washer and dryer and outdoor space, said Paces. “People’s offices are closed until January and they are taking that into consideration when looking for apartments.”
Because we haven’t been talking on Slack for hundreds of years, there aren’t foundations guiding our behavior and interpretations, making it that much easier for the meaning behind someone’s message to be ambiguous.
Miserable as it can often be, remote work is surprisingly productive — leading many employers to wonder if they’ll ever go back to the office.