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Monday, Aug 3, 2020

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Just why this has happened is both a mystery and a paradox. The past fifty years have seen massive gains in productivity, the invention of countless labor-saving devices, and the mass entry of women into the formal workforce. If we assume that there is, to a certain degree, a fixed amount of work necessary for society to function, how can we at once be more productive, have more workers, and yet still be working more hours?

Remote work is a platform

In-office and remote work are different platforms of work. And right now, what we’re seeing a lot of companies attempt to port local work methods to working remotely. Normally have four meetings a day in person? Then let’s have those same four meetings, with those same participants, over Zoom instead. It’s a way, but it’s the wrong way.

Sunday, Aug 2, 2020

Georgia is inviting foreign citizens to stay and work from the country remotely

As part of the effort to reopen Georgia, the country’s government is allowing foreign citizens to enter under a special remote work plan.

Saturday, Aug 1, 2020

Google to Keep Employees Home Until Summer 2021 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Google will keep its employees home until at least next July, making the search-engine giant the first major U.S. corporation to formalize such an extended timetable in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, Jul 31, 2020

NODESK: Issue #123

This week’s NODESK newsletter features 39 new remote jobs, and the week’s top remote work reads.

How Remote Work Divides America

With government benefits set to expire at the end of July, new studies show that workers who were struggling financially before the pandemic face returning to jobs that require close personal contact.

Can remote work really improve workplace diversity?

If leaders are serious about their company’s diversity efforts, remote work has the potential to cut down on biases and dramatically expand talent pools.

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020

Remote work compensation

How should companies compensate team members for comparable work, done in different geographies?

Microsoft Analyzed Data on Its Newly Remote Workforce

On our team, around Microsoft, and across many of our customers’ companies, a trend cropped up very quickly after the shift to remote work: virtual social meetings. Responding to the lack of natural touchpoints — grabbing lunch in the cafeteria, popping by someone’s desk — employees found new ones.

Wednesday, Jul 29, 2020

The case for going all-in on remote work

The distinction between partially remote and fully remote is an important one, because the experience between the two is radically different.

Siemens to let staff spend less time in the office permanently

The Munich-based trains to industrial software maker said its board had approved a new working model which will allow employees to work from where they are most productive, including at home or from a co-working space.

Tuesday, Jul 28, 2020

The Remote Worker’s Guide to Becoming a Better Writer

It’s no wonder “be a strong writer” is one of the first pieces of advice people give to those seeking remote work. But no one ever says how to actually become one. This article is our attempt to make that all-important advice actionable and provide writing tips that work no matter what your job is.

The Implications of Working Without an Office

In early 2020, the world began what is undoubtedly the largest work-from-home experiment in history. Now, as countries reopen but Covid-19 remains a major threat, organizations are wrestling with whether and how to have workers return to their offices. Business leaders need to be able to answer a number of questions to make these decisions. Primary among them is “What impact has working from home had on productivity and creativity?”

Pandemic speeds largest test yet of universal basic income

Economists welcome the chance to see whether giving people cash to spend however they choose improves livelihoods.

Monday, Jul 27, 2020

When your coworker does great work, tell their manager

I think telling someone’s manager they’re doing great work is a pretty common practice and it can be really helpful, but it’s easy to forget to do and I wish someone had suggested it to me earlier. So let’s talk about it!

The World Drinks Less Coffee While Office Workers Stay Home

In a work-from-home world, hitting the local cafe for a daily caffeine fix has become a ritual of the now-forgotten past. And no matter how much kitchen brewing consumers take up, that just can’t seem to make up for the demand blow.

A Human-Centric World of Work: Why It Matters, and How to Build It

The pandemic swiftly turned the working world on its head, putting millions of people out of a job and forcing millions more to work remotely. But essential questions remain largely unchanged: we still want to make sure we’re not replaced, we want to add value, and we want an equitable society where different types of work are valued fairly.

Friday, Jul 24, 2020

NODESK: Issue #122

This week’s NODESK newsletter features 32 new remote jobs, and the week’s top remote work reads.

Solo female nomads, in which countries/ cities did you feel the most and least safe in?

Ladies I feel like our experiences may differ from the men’s. For example, I’ve heard not-so-great things about Morocco from my female friends that have gone, but no complaints from my guy friends. So, based on your experiences thus far, what’s the: place you’ve felt least comfortable/ safe most comfortable/ safe favourite city or country overall that you’d love to return to

If you can work remotely, Barbados want you to come and stay for a year

The Caribbean island nation of Barbados is issuing 12-month “Barbados Welcome Stamps” as an incentive for people to come and work remotely. Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said people can “come and work from here overseas, digitally so, so that persons don’t need to remain in the countries in which they are.”

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