Remote Work

Articles on remote work, telecommuting and working from home.

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Friday, Oct 18, 2019

Stephen Wolfram on 28 Years of Remote Work

In this episode, Stephen shares with host Matt Mullenweg — another remote CEO — his perspective on the value of geo-distribution, and the processes his partially-distributed company uses to make world-changing software.

Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

The Early Discipline of Remote Startups

This is often why we see remote and distributed companies invest in human resources functions earlier on. consequently, these businesses articulate their values sooner. They are more deliberate about their internal communication at far younger stages. They typically run meetings in more structured and formal ways.

Jason Fried: Optimizing efficiency and work-life balance

In this episode, Jason Fried, co-founder of Basecamp, shares his beliefs around achieving business success in a modern world which tends to disproportionately focus on the massive success stories (the outliers) … Perhaps most importantly, we get really deep into all aspects of work-life balance and what it really means to “work hard”.

Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019

How to Build Trust in the Remote “Workplace”

Building a company culture that assumes your team can’t be trusted is like playing basketball with one hand tied behind your back: you might be able to do it, but you’re never going to reach your full potential. The companies that empower their workers are going to win over companies who monitor them. The future of work is trust, not tracking.

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019

Sid Sijbrandij: “People don’t want to commute; they just don’t want to miss out”

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

Tuesday, Oct 1, 2019

Costa Rica Work From Home Bill Signed Into Law

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

Cons of Being on a Remote/Distributed Team?

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.

Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019

The Rise of “Remote Working”

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.

Tuesday, Sep 24, 2019

How to Create A Remote Work Routine That Works

In this post I’ll share the four biggest lessons I’ve learned on how to create remote work spaces and routines for maximum creativity and productivity. I hope they might help others stay productive, avoid overworking and disconnect from work.

How TaxJar Creates A Remote Culture by Prioritizing Employee Experience

Today I’m joined by Mark Faggiano, the founder and CEO of TaxJar, a 100% distributed SaaS company that helps businesses automate their sales tax calculations and filing. We talked about Mark’s genuine passion for remote work, why he personally handled new team members’ onboarding in the company, and how having an Employee Experience Team is vital for TaxJar.

Tuesday, Sep 17, 2019

Workers Are Fleeing Big Cities for Smaller Ones—and Taking Their Jobs With Them

Workers are fueling a renaissance in American cities that lie outside the major job hubs.

Scaling In Lower Cost Locations

I feel that the ability to spin up and then successfully operate remote engineering locations is a skill that technology companies need to develop earlier in their development than used to be the case.

Thursday, Sep 12, 2019

How I got remote paid internship with Mozilla through Outreachy

Today, I’m sharing my journey with you to help you. To help someone who is struggling to code, who is struggling to survive in this tech world, who is dreaming of a great remote job and a dream home office desk. This article is for you, Outreachy is for you.

Monday, Sep 9, 2019

What I Wish School Staff Knew About Remote Working Parents

We may look like we’re all scrolling through social media in the car, but the truth is a little more nuanced. If you work at a school and want to get more participation from the remote working parents, then here are some things you should know.

Friday, Sep 6, 2019

Why Finland leads the world in flexible work

The Nordic nation has embraced agile hours for decades. It’s a style of work well suited to the country’s deep-rooted culture of trust, equality and pragmatism.

Thursday, Sep 5, 2019

The 'microworkers' making your digital life possible

There are no official numbers for how many microworkers there are, but tens of thousands are estimated to work on Amazon’s MTurk every month, with up to 2,500 being active at any given time - mostly in the US and India.

Wednesday, Sep 4, 2019

How One CEO Used His Experience With Burnout To Better Support His Employees' Mental Health

I interviewed Joel and Courtney Seiter, Buffer’s director of people, to learn more about Joel’s personal experience as well as how Buffer has been thoughtful about its team’s mental health.

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019

Getting turned down for remote jobs for not being in the right countries...

I’m a little heartbroken here. I want to transition my career to a remote job and been actively applying for positions. I’m awaiting on some processes resolutions but have received a denial from a few ones, including one I really liked … , mostly for the same reason “I don’t currently reside on X, Y and Z country (typically US, Canada, UK and Germany). Do you have some advice to share about this?

Monday, Sep 2, 2019

A Day in the Life of a Mom in Tech

I get a lot of questions about how I juggled both jobs, so here’s a glimpse into a typical day* in the life of a software engineer with a newborn!

Tuesday, Aug 27, 2019

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

In a working paper currently under review, we studied the effects of a work-from-anywhere program initiated in 2012 among patent examiners at the U.S. Patent & Trade Office (USPTO). We analyzed productivity data for patent examiners (highly educated and specialized professionals) who switched from work-from-home work conditions to the WFA program. Our results indicate that examiners’ work output increased by 4.4% after transition to WFA, with no significant increase in rework (re-writing of patent decisions upon appeal from inventors).