The 3 Types of Digital Nomads – A Field Guide

Which One Are You? We’ve all seen those Instagram accounts. Maybe we follow them.  After a while, the pictures look the same. The bikini girl holding a beach towel over her head as it streams behind her. Sleek laptops in chic coffeeshops. A cold drink – could be rose, could be frose – in your … Continue reading The 3 Types of Digital Nomads – A Field Guide

Transform Your Business Trip Into a Vacation in 6 Easy Steps

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 6 Easy Steps

Is Your Personality The Reason Why You Stink At Working From Home?

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?

Saving Money By Going Remote

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 Saving Money By Going Remote

Birth Control, And Other Meds You Can Get Off An App These Days

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

A Response to the Telework Haters (Marissa Mayer, I’m Looking At You)

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)

Americans Don’t Move, Partly Due To Remote Work Programs

In 2016, the percentage of Americans moving over a one-year period fell to a historic low. Just 11.2% of Americans made a move last year, according to these tables released by the U.S. Census Bureau in November of last year. In 1948 - well before the age of budget airliners and travel blogs - Americans … Continue reading Americans Don’t Move, Partly Due To Remote Work Programs

Birthdays, and ‘Architecting’ Your Life

Along this evolution, we also started to consider commuting to work as one of those grit-your-teeth-and-bear-it parts of adulthood, much like regular exercise or mortgage payments. For some, a commute is unavoidable. An OB-GYN cannot deliver babies remotely, nor can Broadway stars perform anywhere but on their stage. But, for the rest of us who perform most of our daily tasks on a computer, how necessary is a commute?

Want healthier and more productive employees? Adopt more flexible remote work policies.

Thank you for stopping by!  Please don't hesitate to contact me at thenopantslife@gmail.com.  Q: Which sort of employee is more likely to be healthier and more productive, report a higher rate of job satisfaction and engagement, and is less likely to quit? A: Remote employees. Remote Employees Sleep Better.   Going 17 hours without sleep will … Continue reading Want healthier and more productive employees? Adopt more flexible remote work policies.

NO-PANTS LIFE, FAMILY STYLE. Why family-oriented employees are attracted to flexible work policies.

In many ways, the no-pants life is synonymous with the many struggles that stay-at-home parents go through when they decide to reclaim their careers. I spoke with two attorneys today - both in-house at major corporations - who told me they were prioritizing flexible telecommute/remote work policies over compensation in their job search.  Instead of … Continue reading NO-PANTS LIFE, FAMILY STYLE. Why family-oriented employees are attracted to flexible work policies.