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“Getting Things Done” for Remote Workers

By our friend, Ty Fujimura, CEO of Cantilever.

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

 

When was the last time your mind was calm, still, and rested? If you’re like me, your mind is your office. It handles a flurry of inputs each day, from emails and texts to social media at-mentions to school papers and bank statements. It doesn’t take long to feel overwhelmed by the pace and expectations of modern life and work.

People today process more new information per day than ever before. Yet most of us lack a framework for managing this complexity and keeping our commitments. When we can’t keep track of things, we feel more and more overwhelmed, like a debtor desperately trying to pay back a loan while the interest keeps rising. This nagging sense that we’re falling behind makes it harder to achieve the clear headspace necessary to do our best work.

I’ve been there. I’m...

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The Best Tools for Enabling Remote Work Culture

By our partner, Trainual — the modern training manual that helps fast-growing businesses automate their onboarding and training by documenting every process, policy, and procedure in one place.

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

 

Remote work is quickly becoming the norm for many companies around the world, but staying in sync while at a distance can be challenging for everyone. Fortunately, there are countless tools that help enable remote work culture and make for a happier, healthier employee. Here are some of our favorites. 

 

Slack

The pinnacle of any company culture -- the almighty Slack. The beauty of Slack is that it’s not just for remote employees, it’s for everyone. By using a platform that allows for seamless communication between your in-office employees and your remote employees, you’ll keep everyone on the same page and avoid any feelings of...

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Working with Remote Contractors? Six Things You Need to Know

By Deel, a partner of Workplaceless

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

 

Hiring remote contractors has become a go-to solution for many companies. The benefits are clear- you can source your talent from across the globe, reduce company costs, and increase efficiency in general. Although this seems to be a popular trend, there are a few things you need to be aware of to stay compliant.

 

1. Labour laws differ, so should your contracts

When you are working with talent, many aspects need to be taken into account to ensure full compliance with (local) labor laws. Not all the information is easily accessible, so it's worth investing time into it. Most lawyers advise you to hire local lawyers to ensure locally binding contracts. It's crucial to understand the type of relationship you have with your service provider. One of the most common misclassifications occurs when you decide whether the person is...

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Remote Worker Wellness: Making Time for Food, Fitness, and a Chore (Not More)

By Scott Dawson, Author of The Art of Working Remotely

We're grateful to Scott for sharing his experience especially as we've spent the past two months connecting with our remote community about health and wellness challenges alongside solutions. Scott is passionate about remote communities; he runs the weekly #remotechat on Twitter and is a regular attendee at our Networkplaceless events. Any opinions expressed within this blog post are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

 

If you’ve worked in a traditional office, you may have felt the urge to stay at your desk to appear as productive as possible. Think about the reasons that you’d get up from that position of productivity: to get a drink, grab some food, head to a meeting, stretch your legs, or go to the bathroom.

When you’re working outside the confines of a traditional office, you might feel the same pull to appear as productive as possible. But really,...

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How to Proactively Manage Isolation as a Remote Employee

By Victoria Vanderbilt, Founder and CEO of TelecommutersTalk

We're grateful to Victoria for sharing her experience especially as we've spent the past two months connecting with our remote community about health and wellness challenges alongside solutions. Any opinions expressed within the blog are those of the author and not necessarily held by Workplaceless itself.

 

Remote working is growing and has many advantages both for the employers and employees.  With the advantages also come a few disadvantages, and one of the main challenges of remote work is managing isolation. Isolation can lead to mental health issues like depression, social anxiety, low self-esteem, and dementia. To ensure you stay connected and have face-to-face interactions, you need to be diligent. 

According to the 2019 State of the Digital Workspace report from Igloo, 70% of remote employees feel left out of the workplace. 57% of remote employees are missing out on crucial information. The...

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The 50 First Dates of Remote Job Networking

via GIPHY

 

By Tory Fitzgerald, Operations Leader and Remote Work Seeker

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

 

15 years ago, the world was introduced to the world’s greatest movie – 50 First Dates. I know every single one of you is shaking your heads, YES! It’s funny, a great love story and involves adorable penguins, that’s a win in my book! It’s a classic! (Okay, maybe not a classic, but it is good!) This is one of my go-to movies when there is NOTHING on Netflix, Hulu or Prime.

 

But why will this movie stand the test of time? – Because it is relatable. The core of the plot line is Adam Sandler’s character, (Henry) is trying to convince Drew Barrymore’s character, (Lucy) with repetitive short-term memory loss, over and over again to… love him.

 

Relatable.

 

Whether you are going on 50 First Dates with a girl who has...

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Appear.in Partner Interview - Building a Remote Work Culture

 

We're grateful for our partnership with appear.in. - a company focused on making collaboration from anywhere possible by providing one of the easiest and most effective video meeting tools for remote work.

 

We chatted with Børge Dvergsdal, Head of Culture, about "How we built a remote work culture at appear.in"

 

Q: How did the appear.in team become a remote work organizational structure?

A: Our remote work culture started when one of our engineers wanted to move from Oslo to a smaller city. He was tired of commuting, the high cost of living and wanted a less stressful life closer to his family, and thus the remote work policy was born. In the early days, he was struggling with the feeling of isolation, so we needed to find a way to solve our first remote hurdle. We decided to implement our new remote work culture by involving the entire company in the process. Getting the team excited was the first task, then realizing that this is...

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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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The Importance of Career Pathing for Remote Professionals

Guest post by Linda Ginac, CEO of TalentGuard 

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

The world of work is changing rapidly, thanks in part to the advances made in the technology marketplace. As companies continue progressing toward a more modern approach to operations, it is no surprise that an estimated 63% of businesses have remote workers among their ranks. What may be shocking is that half of these organizations have no remote work policy, including the absence of career pathing capabilities for those who work outside the confines of a traditional office. Remote workers deserve the same type of career development frameworks and opportunities as on-site employees, but the distance can make this task more daunting. The good news is that technology makes this less of a challenge for organizations with remote employees.

Here’s what companies need to know about the importance of career pathing among...

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You Can Climb the Corporate Ladder Virtually

By Christina Lewellen, MBA, CAE

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

Like many career-minded individuals, I had professional development and advancement goals for climbing the corporate ladder long before I had heard of the concept of “telework.” As my career has unfolded, I’ve had several opportunities to work virtually but I never lost sight of the trajectory I envisioned for myself. As it turns out, you can have the best of both worlds—but it does take planning, focus, and a willingness to pedal a little bit faster than everyone else.

 

VIRTUAL STRENGTH TRAINING

I started my career in journalism, working for daily newspapers, television, and magazines. Looking back, I now realize that these jobs were my virtual employee strength training program. I worked when the stories broke, but the deadlines were firm and constant. I experienced a boot camp, of sorts—I had...

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