To many employers, managing a remote workforce is like phone sex. You get the job done efficiently, but you lose the personal touch. Some managers point to the difficulties of managing a remote team: the loss of “serendipity” or “corporate culture”, less opportunities for impromptu brainstorming sessions, or more control over each employee during the … Continue reading 6 Tips on Managing a Remote Workforce
It’s no secret that Americans get little vacation days. The average American worker gets 10 vacation days off a year, with nearly 1/4 of American employees getting no paid time off a year at all. 10 days is barely enough to take two trips a year, let alone leave a few spare days to use … Continue reading Transform Your Business Trip Into a Vacation in Six Easy Steps
For many commuters, today is the Monday of all Mondays, especially if their journey takes them in and out of Penn Station. On a good day, Penn Station is a crime against architecture. It's a descent into the bowels of the underworld, with the feel of an overgrown subway station. The low-hanging roof, stumpy columns, and … Continue reading Penn Station’s SUMMER OF HELL got you down? Try telecommuting.
Ah, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). Astrology for nerds. Despite being of dubious scientific validity, over 80% of Fortune 500s use some version of it to make hiring and other team-building decisions. This article purports to have determined the perfect careers for all sixteen MBTI types. Earlier this month, Fast Company even declared that there … Continue reading Is Your Personality The Reason Why You Stink At Working From Home?
Virtual Vocations, a leading telecommute-only job board, released its 2017 rankings for the Top 50 Fortune 500 Telecommute-Enabled Companies on June 14. Here are the rankings. Read the full report here. Technology companies dominate the list, but industries like pharma, financial services, and insurance also make a strong showing. While IT, customer service, engineering, and sales roles … Continue reading Top 50 Remote-Friendly Fortune 500 Companies – Did Your Employer Make the Cut?
Much ink has been spilled on the topic of whether telecommuting setups can save employers money. But, what about employees? This BusinessInsider employee purports to have saved $6,000 in seven months – all attributable to (1) working from home full time and (2) relocating from NYC to California. Location-independent employees can accrue the most savings … Continue reading Moving to Florida, and Other Ways That Employees Save Money By Going Remote
Automattic, the company behind the WordPress blogging website, has made the decision to shut down its San Francisco office. I'm sure it was a beautiful office, but of the company's 550+ employees, only around 30 lived in the Bay Area. The rest are scattered in 140 cities and just under 30 countries, according to WordPress … Continue reading If You Build It, They Still Won’t Come: Automattic Shutting Its SF-Based Workpad Because NO ONE SHOWS UP
As the title suggests, I just got birth control off an app. Without needing to provide existing prescription information. Yes, Virginia, there is a birth control fairy, and it's called the interwebs. Why is this on-topic? Because I assume many remote workers might (1) be freelancers who might not have health insurance, or (2) not … Continue reading Birth Control, And Other Meds You Can Get Off An App These Days
Doctors cannot deliver babies through their computer screens, and Aaron Judge won't be hitting homers from the comfort of his bathrobe (at least, not the safe-for-work kind) any time soon. But, what of traditional suit-and-tie jobs that can be performed with a laptop and an internet connection? There's been a lot of chatter (and regurgitated … Continue reading A Response to the Telework Haters (Marissa Mayer, I’m Looking At You)
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT This week, IBM became the latest giant to toss its telecommuting policy into the scrap heap. First reported by the Wall Street Journal on May 18, 2017, the tech giant has decided to undo its decades-old telecommuting policy and start requiring its work force to show up to a physical office location. … Continue reading IBM’s 30-Day Ultimatum, Apple’s New Spaceship Campus, and the Future of Work