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Should I Restructure My Business and Go Remote?

Have you considered ditching a brick-and-mortar business set up to enable your teams to work remotely?

Your bank account would certainly welcome the significantly lower overhead and fixed costs. And your conscience would likely rest at ease knowing that you’re decreasing a broader carbon footprint, thanks to lower utility consumption and eliminated commutes. Plus, there’s that massive talent pool you are now able to tap into... hiring, retaining, and training all-star professionals without location-based or cost-of-living salary constraints. More research-backed reasons companies can benefit from going remote

According to Werk’s recent research report, “96% of employees in the U.S. workforce need some form of flexibility at work, yet only 42% have access to the type of flexibility they need, and only 19% have access to a range of flexible options.” To be able to offer flexible options puts your organization at a serious advantage in the...

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The Rise of Virtual Networking Sessions, Remote Conferences & Learning Opportunities

By Nishchal Dua, Founder of The Remote Life. Connect with him on Twitter @NishchalDua and LinkedIn

Any opinions expressed within the blog are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

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The availability of high-speed internet has given us the opportunity to be present anywhere, learn from everywhere, and grow consistently. I personally don’t remember the last time I headed to the library. Today, knowledge & information across many different subject areas is available online, accessible within seconds.

By now, many of us have become used to the fact that for nearly any subject, there is high-quality learning content accessible to you without leaving your location. And this continues to grow as you read.

A recent study shows the significant rise in e-learning, with video elements being a successful factor in much of that growth, expected to make up for almost 80% of all web activity worldwide (including e-learning) in 2019!

From recorded...

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Remote Leaders: Ignore L&D at Your Own Risk!

Training doesn’t just work simply by making employees more efficient; it boosts morale, builds foundational knowledge and discourages turnover. (But you know this already from reading our latest email. If you missed it, though, here’s a link to sign up!)

Good deal. But what about those companies that don’t offer learning and development options for employees? Do they get by unscathed, somehow?

Sadly, no. That scenario comes with its own set of repercussions:

  • No succession plan. It would be great to know who could step in to fill the big shoes left by an outgoing member of your leadership team, wouldn’t it? Without providing the right training, you’ll have a harder time identifying who could step up and truly be ready on day 1.
  • Talent loss. Tell me your star employee just gave her official two weeks, and I’ll read your mind: ‘Uhhh...can we somehow download the contents of her brain?’ Knowledge management crises aside, if only...
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Remote Onboarding Insights & Powerful Protips

Updated with new Onboarding Templates - at bottom of article.

Let’s Reminisce: Your First Day

How about a brief trip down memory lane? Recall your first day in a new role.

  • If you worked in a traditional office, was a workspace set up just for you? (Maybe a fun company swag bundle came along with it!)
  • Did a supervisor or teammate walk you through internal processes, giving you the inside scoop on resources and a list of where to go for help?
  • When Day 1 concluded, were you left feeling positive about your next professional chapter?

Your responses indicate whether your first onboarding experience was wholly worthwhile—or worth forgetting altogether. The hard truth: even the best recruiting efforts go to waste when faulty processes disengage employees on Day 1.

So how do we describe this all-too-important intro to a new role and workplace? Onboarding is the process a company employs to acclimate recent hires to its culture, team, workflows and policies. Traditionally, it...

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Career & Technical Education Enters a New (Remote) Era

Over the years, career and technical education (CTE) hasn’t gotten its due respect. This is, of course, my opinion, but I feel confident saying that at best it is misunderstood, and at worst, it is grossly underestimated as a promising learning pathway for high school students. Career and technical education plays an important role in the conversation about both the future of work and the future of learning—here's why.  

CTE directly prepares students for high-wage, high-demand careers in a variety of professional fields like health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, hospitality, marketing and many more; as a methodology, CTE encompasses everything from in-class learning to certification programs to work-based learning opportunities in the field.

 

A New Era for CTE 

CTE is experiencing a Renaissance of sorts. Perhaps the most exciting part is that the often hands-on, tactile learning-by-doing approach it incorporates...

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Remote Work Conference Roundup: 2019

Conferences are valuable learning experiences no matter your industry—but if you work remotely, conferences can provide you with the rare opportunity to connect with other people in real time, in the same space.

Get ready to block off some time on your calendars—we've highlighted some of the best conferences you can attend if you want to learn more about remote work and learning & development. 

 

Grow Remote 

Dates: April 16, 2019

Location: Tubbercurry, Ireland

Audience: Remote workers and employers

Website: https://growremote.ie/ 

Grow Remote's mission it is to bridge the gap between remote work and local impact. They've grown to 43 chapters across Ireland and Europe, and at their event in April, they're hosting talks, meetups and the activities of the west for attendees to experience the best of what rural Ireland has to offer. 

 

 

Association for Talent Development International Conference &...

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Remote Work Dictionary

Most remote work opportunities require at least some level of English, and on top of that, jargon can also be a barrier for those who are new to remote work. That's why one of the keys to making remote work accessible is providing language resources—our Remote Work Dictionary is just one of the language supports that we're developing at Workplaceless. We've made this first (US English) version open to everyone, and we'd love feedback from anyone interested in this topic. What terms should we add?

Access the first version of the Remote Work Dictionary here 

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7 Keys to Remote Career Development

Developing a career that reflects our passions and provides opportunities to grow is the ultimate professional goal. Career development takes constant work, and when you work remotely, there are special considerations that you need to keep in mind. We've identified seven keys to remote career development that address the unique challenges that remote professionals face.  

 

Interests, Knowledge & Skills 

Your interests, knowledge, and skills form the foundation of your remote career. Your interests are topics or fields that inspire your curiosity or passion, like law, education, or design. Your interests guide the learning experiences, professional opportunities, and hobbies you pursue.

Your knowledge is the theoretical and practical understanding of a subject, which you acquire through formal and informal education and experience.

Your skills are your particular abilities—these include hard skills, like computer programming or accounting, and soft...

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New Year, New Workplaceless: Growing Our Remote Training Programs

In the weeks and months to come, you’ll notice an all-new Workplaceless. We’re really excited to share our revamped company branding with you—and not just because a fresh look and feel is a fun change for the New Year.

Kickstarting 2019 with branding that better reflects who we are and what we offer was important to us. And since our specialty is in learning and development programs for the remote workforce, this represented a different kind of journey for our team. Reflecting on the key tenets of our brand meant that we had to define our purpose, core values and mission. (It’s an exercise we would recommend for any company that hasn’t conducted a deep dive on the subject, as there’s no more important work than getting to the heart of what you do, and why you do it.)

 In the process, we landed on the following mission statement, which we believe simply and concisely states our reason for existing:

Workplaceless helps remote workers and...

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Remote Team Reflection: Tips for Effective Post-Mortem Meetings

It’s that time of year again: time for wrapping things up neatly with a bow, and looking back on a year full of activities with an equal dose of nostalgia and realism, along with the resolve to make next year even better.

Yes, ‘tis the season for fourth quarter post-mortem meetings! Or, if you prefer, reflective evaluations. (What did you think I was referring to?)

Unsettling as their moniker may sound, post-mortems are a critical part of our professional journeys because they offer us all the chance to learn and grow. They help us to gain critical insights into what worked, and what didn’t, and most importantly, determining why certain things happened in the way they did and how we can improve upon them next time.

This isn’t an opportunity to point fingers. If anything, post-mortems should be a team-building experience as a way to examine past actions and their results. Finally, you’re able to assemble a collective outlook to guide future projects and...

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