6 Tips on Managing a Remote Workforce

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

Penn Station’s SUMMER OF HELL got you down? Try telecommuting.

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.

Top 50 Remote-Friendly Fortune 500 Companies – Did Your Employer Make the Cut?

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?

If You Build It, They Still Won’t Come: Automattic Shutting Its SF-Based Workpad Because NO ONE SHOWS UP

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

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

IBM’s 30-Day Ultimatum, Apple’s New Spaceship Campus, and the Future of Work

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

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

Is BigLaw Getting ‘Woke’ to No-Pants?

We were all someone else once.  I was a pants-wearing corporate lawyer in my former life. I left BigLaw in 2008. Back then, people still used BlackBerries and no one used hashtags. We mourned Heath Ledger.  We dressed up as Sexy Palin for Halloween.  The frothy lives of Blair and Serena provided a much-needed counter-programming to … Continue reading Is BigLaw Getting ‘Woke’ to No-Pants?

OF FEARLESS GIRLS, IVANKA TRUMP, AND LEANING IN (OR NOT)

Who personifies adult female ambition in 2017 in an image that is pleasing to both men and women?

Amazon to Hire 5,000 Part-Time Location-Independent Customer Service Employees

When we think of Amazon, what comes to mind? Free two-day shipping. Free Kindle e-books. A tiny tube of lip balm nestled in a cavernous cardboard box. Those East Hampton Stepford Nazis in Man In The High Castle. But, what about being a work-from-home pioneer?