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By JD Dillon | Ideas to help you work away from the office more effectively ...

Venture With Impact: Destination Coworking Meets Voluntourism

While on a run with friends in New Orleans in early 2012, Ann Davis felt an electric shock run up her leg. “It was like I’d stuck my foot in a …

Incorporated

My gig economy nightmare

The freelance life can be seductive: The flexible hours, the lure of quick cash, and the freedom to be your own boss all hold sexy appeal for anyone …

Gig Economy

By Buying Flatiron, WeWork Is Putting Itself Front And Center In The Future Of Work

In the future, technology is going to play an increasingly important role in every kind of work. From farming and retail to finance and transportation, technology will be the backbone of everything.<p>But that’s going to mean a shift in the kind of workers we need. As more manual-labor jobs shift to …

The Workplace

Going into the office will help your career

First, consider your network. Think about all the ways your professional life is shaped by the people you know. Who would you call for help finding a new job: The guy you’ve called from your living room six times or the person who sat in a cubicle next to yours for a few years and who you ate lunch …

Marissa Mayer

5 Ways to Get Into the Gig Economy This Holiday Season

Tired of heading to the office every day? You could try your hand in the gig economy.<p>That's where a growing number of workers who have ditched their …

Gig Economy

The Future of Work Might Not Be So Bleak

Technology won't eliminate good jobs, but it could exacerbate inequality.<p>What's the future of work? Will gigs replace salaried employment, and will robots eventually leave humans with nothing to do? I see reason for skepticism, but also for concern.<p>Technology, of course, is already making …

Intelligence

A Study of 1,100 Employees Found That Remote Workers Feel Shunned and Left Out

When it comes to virtual teams, if you’re out of sight, you’re also out of mind. While more and more people are working remotely, our recent study suggests that unless we take extra measures to build trust and connection with colleagues, we pay dearly for doing so.<p>Long gone are the days when most …

The Workplace

The Economics of the Office: Why Do We Still Commute?

The personal computer was supposed to kill the office and liberate us from hellish commutes to the city. But the average American commute has only increased since then. Could virtual reality finally change that?<p>Over the last year, many companies have ended their liberal work-from-home policies. …

The Workplace

26 time-management tricks I wish I'd known at 20

Time-management skills can take a while to learn.<p>Étienne Garbugli, a Montreal-based product and marketing consultant, the author of "Lean B2B: Build Products Businesses Want," and the creator of a course to help entrepreneurs find their target market, distilled the lessons he wishes he'd known when …

Time Management

No, We Won’t All Be Freelancers In The Future Of Work

Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel has seen (and helped) the freelance economy take off. But that doesn’t mean he thinks we’re all fated to become “solopreneurs.”<p>There’s no doubt freelancing will play a major role in our future working lives. Over 57 million Americans took on freelance work in some …

Employment

What Mongolian Nomads Teach Us About the Digital Future

People who pack up and transport their house twice a year become choosy about their possessions. I recently traveled among the nomads of Mongolia for …

The Future

‘Sometimes you don’t feel human’ – how the gig economy chews up and spits out millennials

Young people aren’t just enthusiastic users of Uber, Deliveroo and TaskRabbit – they are often working for them. But while promising flexibility, these jobs are precarious and low-paid. Is this the new model for the working poor?<p>Doug Robertson took an UberLux to his wedding. This is the …

Gig Economy

Why You Can Focus in a Coffee Shop but Not in Your Open Office

A few years ago, during a media interview for one of my books, my interviewer said something I still ponder often. Ranting about the level of distraction in his open office, he said, “That’s why I have a membership at the coworking space across the street — so I can focus.”<p>While I fully support the …

OpenOffice

How to Live Like a Nomad In a Digital Economy

The internet is changing the way work gets done. Gone are the days of driving to work in rush-hour traffic and sitting in a cubicle for eight …

Digital Economy

The seven deadly sins of freelancing (and how to absolve yourself from them)

What are the seven deadly sins of freelancing? Well, there are plenty that we all commit. But no matter how sinful we are in our business endeavours, …

Determine

Time is a strong but rarely recognized power construct in the workplace

Your CEO or manager is not going to throw out the Gregorian calendar, but in subtler ways, employees do settle into the flow of an employer’s goals and rhythms, be it hour-by hour or quarter-to-quarter, learning when to be extra productive or when it’s deemed “safe” to take a vacation.<p>On an …

Sheryl Sandberg

Thinking About a “Work from Anywhere” Arrangement? Ask These Questions First

Overworked professionals have always dreamed of escaping to a quiet beach. But ever since Tim Ferriss’s <i>The 4-Hour Workweek</i> stormed the best-seller charts a decade ago, the fantasy has shifted. Instead of sipping tiki drinks and sunbathing, the new dream is to <i>work</i> from the beach.<p>Becoming …

The Cozy, Overcrowded, Keg-Filled Future of Work

The ethos of togetherness promoted by companies such as WeWork is essentially a bet on explosive population growth in the world’s metropolises.<p>The United Nations projects that, by the year 2030, roughly 1 billion more people will be living in cities than do now. As of last year there were 31 cities …

MOMA

5 Big Mistakes Most New Freelancers Make

Most people would have you believe that becoming a freelancer is crazy and, to tell you the truth, they could be right. You need to be a very …

You Can’t Gig With Us: Why The Freelance Economy Is Getting More Cliquey

As “curated” marketplaces separate elite freelance talent from the rest, the gig economy is taking a stratified turn.<p>In the game of life, more people are eschewing the corporate ladder for flexible work arrangements. But it seems the board is getting crowded lately, which is leading some gig …

IBM Forces Workers To Colocate And Here’s Why

IBM has called some remote workers back to the office. This is no small decision, and it wasn’t taken lightly. Approximately 20% of its US employees were remote.<p>Ed Lovely, VP of IBM transformation tells The Wall Street Journal that “Togetherness breeds production.” Lovely goes on to state “We found …

The Workplace

Do Work You Crave: 3 Tips for Remote Workers

I’d sit in front of my laptop in the afternoon, struggling to come up with creative ideas for a marketing plan. I was forcing myself to swim against …

Driven to despair — the hidden costs of the gig economy

Sami needed money and Uber seemed like a good way to make it. He could clock off after an eight-hour shift at Tesco, the supermarket, hop into his …

Uber

How to Work from Home When You Have Kids

Finally: You’ve got the chance to work remotely. Maybe it’s due to the structure of your new job, or organization; maybe it’s part of that new corporate work/life initiative; or maybe it’s the result of months of lobbying the higher-ups. Regardless, you’ve won the prize that many — or most — …

Telecommuting: Why hiring remote workers might (or might not) pay off

More people are trading in commutes and cubicles for couches and coffee shops: As of 2016, 43% of employees worked remotely at least part of the time, up from 39% in 2012, according to Gallup's State of the American Workplace report.<p>For small businesses that don't need employees onsite, high-speed …

The Workplace

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

Over the next year or two, some of your best employees may quit and find work elsewhere for a simple reason: They want to work from home full …

6 Months of Working Remotely Taught Me a Thing or Ten

Six months ago, I started as a Senior Front-End Developer for Helix Education. Most of what I do now is identical to what I did for my past …

Does remote working create an empathy gap?

<i>Back in 2013, Yahoo’s CEO Marissa Mayer sent out a diktat: all remote workers, she said, needed to start working at Yahoo HQ -- or if they didn’t</i> …

The Workplace

Why remote working succeeds at some companies and not others

Marilu Arce loves her job, but for a time she considered leaving.<p>The commute from her Mokena home to her downtown office, nearly two hours each way, meant her daughters couldn't enroll in after-school activities because she couldn't get home in time to take them.<p>Then her employer adopted a policy …