Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019
I don’t know what it’s like for everybody at every remote job, but when a job-hunting friend asked me recently what’s it like working from home, really, here’s what I told him…more or less.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019
But when we talk about “meaningful work,” what do we actually mean? Negotiating peace treaties, growing food, making spectacular amounts of money—all of these can be framed as meaningful, depending on who is doing the framing, and what it is they truly want. Meaning isn’t something to be found, and it can’t be uncovered by heartfelt commitment, long hours, and self-sacrifice. Meaning is something we make.
In a quest to create the perfect remote team, Google researchers spent two years studying more than 5,000 employees. Here’s what they learned.
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
Follow these 9 steps to secure a remote work arrangement even in the most skeptical of organizations.
Monday, Apr 1, 2019
Remote-work is on the rise and that’s why on the 10th of April we will organize Global Work From Home Day. This day will be a celebration of working from home (wherever home happens to be at the moment!) for all the employees and employers around the world. Network and meet fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.
More and more people are working where they live, attracted by the promise of flexibility, efficiency and no commute. But does this come at a cost to their wellbeing?
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
One indicator of inclusion is when I hear leaders tell me they invest in training for their teams - training that fosters greater belonging. Even remote teams can regularly attend training and get support from professionals and coaches. Being upfront about efforts like that will be a magnet for people from underrepresented backgrounds.
If you’re working remotely or if you feel lonely often, let’s look at how you can rebuild your social engagement circuits.
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019
Cloudworker lifestyles — mobile, home-based, unshaven, pajama-clad and Starbucks-swilling — create a psychological transformation that is very similar to what happens when animals go feral.
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019
I read through hundreds of responses and noticed a few patterns. Here are some of the most common challenges expressed by remote workers: Loneliness, Disconnecting, Distractions, Watercooler Serendipity, Communication and Respect.
Friday, Mar 22, 2019
“We’re going to see an era of everyone employing remote tech workers, and it’s not too far away. In fact, now’s the time to prepare for it.”
Monday, Mar 18, 2019
Pablo Stanley talks us through what it’s like to design while working remote.
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019
Interpersonal interactions are also harder to manage in a distributed team. “If I piss you off but don’t realize it in a local office,” Bjorn said, “later on I’ll notice you glaring at me. You don’t usually do that. So we fix it.” In a distributed team, “The chance of pissing you off is greater because we’re communicating via video. Then I don’t see you again, and the next thing I’ve heard is that you resigned.
Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019
Remote working offers an unparalleled set of benefits – but comes with a bunch of serious drawbacks. If you really want to make the best of remote working, you’ve got to tackle these problems head-on and commit to a business-wide strategy.
Monday, Mar 11, 2019
After several years of thoughtful practice, we’ve async-ed All The Things at Help Scout. But several months ago, I looked around and wasn’t happy with the monster I’d helped create.
Thursday, Mar 7, 2019
How would you or how did you convince your boss that you can work remote and be as productive as if you are in the office or even more productive.
Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019
Remote leaders also need to trust their employees. As a successful remote leader, you can’t be pinging people in Slack all day or trying to do a daily check-in over the phone. You have to trust your people, and Paul Farnell, the founder of Litmus, has a great quote about this. He simply says, “Trust your team. Work only gets done when you allow people to make mistakes.”
Tuesday, Mar 5, 2019
As remote workers, there are usually significant disparities between how we imagine our days going, and how they actually end up. However, with some practice and diligence, there are little tweaks anyone can make to their routines to turn their remote work expectations into a consistent daily reality.
Thursday, Feb 28, 2019
If you’re looking to maximize your remote career opportunities and want to be seen as a credible expert in your field, it’s important that you don’t become so distracted by the freedom of remote work that you forego presenting yourself like the professional you are.
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2019
We realized that we needed to create a “beyond remote” workforce by coming together and creating an environment of bona fide cohesion and trust through meaningful relationships and conversations. Of all the methods we tried to bring scattered workers together, here are the two strategies that brought us the most success in terms of increasing engagement: