Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
We’re remote because people stopped showing up. In the beginning, there was no office because it was me in the Netherlands, Marin, in Serbia and Dmitriy, in Ukraine. Later on, I had two desks next to each other. But the Dutch team member who just joined after a few days didn’t show up because you could just work from home and everyone else was doing that. It was natural
“Hacking” your work only works if you’re a person who would be congratulated for your ingenuity. If you’re not, here’s what to try instead.
Monday, Oct 7, 2019
Travellers are well used to these: the strange cover charge in the tourist-trap restaurant; the outrageous price of the hotel minibar and WiFi; those painful fees for flying with luggage. (Does it cost more to carry your bag on to the plane, or to put it in the hold? I lose track.)
Passion or love doesn’t have to be part of the work/job equation. The value of work is that you get paid to do it, not that you’d do it even if you didn’t get paid. It even bothers a lot of other writers that my main reason for being a writer is that I get paid to write. Sure I like it, but I don’t like it more than my other hobbies.
Friday, Oct 4, 2019
So a couple weeks ago, we had a pretty ridiculous fiasco with Airbnb, in which they claimed that “A fan legally constitutes an air conditioner”.
Human language is amazingly creative. If you make up a sentence of any complexity, and search for that exact sentence on the Internet, it’s almost never there. Virtually everything we say is novel. Yet at the heart of this capacity of ours lies an incredibly simple piece of mental technology: Merge. Merge takes two bits of language, say two words, and creates out of them another bit of language. It builds the hierarchical structures of language.
Thursday, Oct 3, 2019
The personal-finance playbook followed by past generations doesn’t add up for many people the way it used to. It’s time for some new money rules.
The flight shame movement is about feeling accountable for your carbon footprint - but it is also about rediscovering the joy of slow travel, writes Jocelyn Timperley.
Wednesday, Oct 2, 2019
It’s still the best way to communicate professionally, but only if you follow these guidelines.
The world needs ideas and innovation to make progress against the many problems we face. Creative and talented people that can contribute to this important work are everywhere, but the opportunity to develop is limited to only a small number of well-off children. As a consequence of this, we all – the entire world population – are missing out on the creativity and innovations that would enrich our world and help us move forward.
Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019
The trouble with exercise is that it’s easy to avoid. Only 23% of American adults meet the federal recommendations for two hours and 30 minutes of weekly aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercises. The reasons are plentiful, mostly involving motivation and time. And herein lies the beauty of dance.
President Carlos Alvarado has officially signed the work-from-home bill into law, which allows telecommuting as an alternative work arrangement for employees in the public and private sector.
The new law sets the standards for the work from home policy, strengthening Costa Rica’s competitiveness to develop business and Foreign Direct Investment.
Monday, Sep 30, 2019
I know there are plenty of benefits of working remote such as flexibility. I would love to know about some of the issues you face and how you/your company works to address them.
In the era of the virtual office, when even workers who are physically present often wall off their senses with oversized headphones and rely on Slack to chat with colleagues sitting in desks next to them, forced fun at the corporate level may represent the last, best hope for human interaction among co-workers who would otherwise remain the closest of strangers.
Friday, Sep 27, 2019
Gen Z-ers and millennials have been called lazy and entitled. Could they, instead, be among the first to understand the proper role of work in life?
Saying he had wholly misread his office mate’s mild, occasional interest in talking to him, sources confirmed Monday that local software engineer Michael Donner had mistakenly concluded that sitting in close proximity to a coworker for eight hours each day constituted friendship.
Thursday, Sep 26, 2019
Are you reading this on a handheld device? There’s a good chance you are. Now imagine how’d you look if that device suddenly disappeared. Lonely? Slightly crazy? Perhaps next to a person being ignored? As we are sucked in ever more by the screens we carry around, even in the company of friends and family, the hunched pose of the phone-absorbed seems increasingly normal.
Are you planning on traveling until you find somewhere you want to live forever, or will you eventually return to your home country?
Are you investing money while you travel (In your home country or elsewhere)?
I’m about to start being nomadic, so I’m interested in reading about any long-term plans that current nomads have.
Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019
This means that companies are now in a position, if they choose, to give any worker the choice of whether they want to do their job remotely or stick to an office. Some companies have taken to quicjkly, offering workers the chance at a higher quality of life in lower-cost regions, others haven’t — yet.
More than 120 million workers globally will need retraining in the next three years due to artificial intelligence’s impact on jobs, according to an IBM survey.