Remote Work

Articles on remote work, telecommuting and working from home.

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Thursday, Jun 13, 2019

The “future of work” is here… so why aren’t more companies remote-first?

Maybe part of our collective problem with remote work is that we’re always talking about it in the future tense. But the so-called “future of work” is here and available to all of us, right now.

Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019

Effective Syncs With Distributed Teams

Over the past few years I’ve participated or lead syncs in fully distributed, partially distributed and centrally located teams. I’ve learned that doing effective syncs in a distributed team is similar to doing them in a centrally located team. However, there are a few differences that make distributed team syncs a little more difficult than a centrally located team sync. I’ll share a process that has been borrowed from many different sources and tweaked over time with new teammates and companies.

Monday, Jun 10, 2019

You should dress like a lunatic if you work from home

However! There is one way to offset the bad parts of working from home and it does not involve getting a WeWork membership or buying of those dumbass pomodoro timer apps. Instead, the way to beat the work-from-home blues is to change your clothes throughout the day, and every time you do, to dress like a complete and total maniac.

Monday, Jun 3, 2019

The Benefits and Challenges of a Remote Worker: Q&A with the SafetyWing Team

SatefyWing was created by digital nomads, a fully distributed team whose mission is to help other remote workers stay safe while traveling the world. They took a few minutes of their time to help us understand how they work as a remote team.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Coffee Shops, Office Space, and… the Future of Remote Work

While remote work provides benefits to both employees and companies — flexibility, higher productivity, lower cost — the shift from a traditional workplace to an increasingly distributed one leaves a number of questions unanswered.

Monday, May 27, 2019

A Decade of Remote Work

So what have I learned over this decade of working and running remote teams? Let’s dive in.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

WordPress Showed Me the Power of Distributed Work. It’s Time to Share What We’ve Learned.

How can we work better and smarter in the decades to come—and what’s the moral imperative driving our desire to change? How can we build a more inclusive world, in which everyone has an opportunity to shine? Join us as we explore these questions.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Everything you Ever Wanted to Know About Remote Work, Part 0: The Dark Side

First, let’s start with a prologue: what challenges remote workers/digital are facing? This is the single most asked question I’m getting on twitter, so I decided to finally answer it. My aim is not to discourage you, but rather to paint a realistic picture of challenges you might face if you decide to go remote. Not all of them might apply to your situation, but it’s good to know about them anyway.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Want to Improve Your Company's Diversity? Go Remote

Look at a candidate’s work first. Delay the face-to-face interview until later, to avoid age, gender or ethnic bias.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Is the future of work remote? I don't buy it.

Remote work is on the rise. Once an obscure topic, this paradigm has now entered the mainstream. And it’s creating a growing divide in the way we get things done.

As managers, how do you make sure your distributed team is aligned?

We use Slack for internal comms, but it’s used mostly for chit-chat conversations and real-time issues. Is there a product for slow-thinking updates where I can share teams news and align my +40 people team? How can you be sure people don’t actually miss things in the noise of Slack/Email?

Monday, Apr 29, 2019

Going Remote: My 5 Expectations

I think I’m going into it eyes open, but I want to document my hopes and expectations about remote life going into it.

Friday, Apr 26, 2019

Working from home is not that great without something to look forward to at the end of the day

Been thinking how a lot of the payoff from leaving the office at the end of the day is simply getting back home. But now that I work “from home” every day, on rainy days that “Going Home” feeling is not there and it drives me a bit mad.

Wednesday, Apr 24, 2019

Is Remote Work A Symptom of Technological Loneliness?

Remote work makes us vulnerable in new ways, and perhaps it’s not as bad as the office politics of a startup or a big firm, but it’s definitely a high-risk position for any professional to be in. I’d argue working from home is a mental health risk, even for the most hardy introverts and balanced individuals.

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019

This guy started working from home, and you’ll never believe what happened next.

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

The key to loving your job in the age of burnout

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.

Google Spent 2 Years Researching What Makes a Great Remote Team. It Came Up With These 3 Things

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

How to Ask to Work From Home (With Exact Scripts & Templates to Aid Your Negotiation)

Follow these 9 steps to secure a remote work arrangement even in the most skeptical of organizations.

Monday, Apr 1, 2019

Global Work From Home Day 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.

Extreme loneliness or the perfect balance? How to work from home and stay healthy

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?