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78 items in REMOTE WORKING

This is a brilliant post on three different levels 1) practical, with some do-it-today tips on how to improve your hiring process, 2) visual, in explaining through pictures and 3) conceptual, with the introduction of a truth about recruiting we don’t hear often enough - it’s really all about trust relationships. Must read folks
Issue #207 published 27 Sep 2020
More problems with remote working: young people are going to be missing a ton of information on how to get better at their work. How do we deal with this? Early career opportunities must be on-premise? A Brainfood Live topic if ever there was one.
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
It should come as no surprise that the folks best suited for remote working are those who have been pushing for it even before Covid-19. Superbly accessible report from OfferZen on not only how developers feel about working from home, but why. Have a read here. H/T to brainfooder Anthea Hartzenberg for the share
Issue #205 published 13 Sep 2020
Love this ultimate guide to remote working from brainfooder Jose Kadlec; comprehensive and accessible deep dive into the immediate considerations of remote working - that is, what kit, set up, apps and tech do I need to ace the game whilst working from home? Its a must read
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
Persuasive analysis from Gitlab’s Head of Remote: you actually need a person full time managing your business’s transition to remote work, because ‘it’s not a binary switch’. The organisational characterisations in the second half of this post are somewhat harsh but ….I suspect quite fair. Time to stop making it up as we go folks. H/T brainfooder Iwo Szapar for the share.
Issue #204 published 6 Sep 2020
Managing remote employees is very different from managing team members in an office. Here are 11 tips to help you in better at doing it. Outstanding resource folks. H/T Adriaan Kolff for the share in the fb group
Issue #203 published 30 Aug 2020
Beyond Remote
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Outstanding essay on the nature of distributed work, providing necessary nuance in a debate which has morphed into binary opposites of ‘remote only’ vs 'back-to-office’. Hard to argue with the OP’s analysis that our future, will be ’heterogeneously implemented’….
Issue #202 published 23 Aug 2020
Outstanding screed against remote work, listing the various reasons why it’s overrated, including its incompatibility with large companies, the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ phenomena, the unavoidable rupturing of company culture and in the end, the obvious threat of offshoring the work. Read, alongside Li Jin’s post earlier in this newsletter and together a picture of the decline of the company as our primary method of organising labour begins to emerge…
Issue #201 published 16 Aug 2020
The New World of Work
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The remote world of work is here to stay, and there’s a clear willingness to adapt to that new world – at least in the adoption of new technology. But in order to really succeed in this new model of work, we need to loosen up on the traditional operational practices, and start thinking about different solutions and practices so we continue to set ourselves for success. In short: the new world of work requires a new way of thinking.
Must read report on the attitude of HR to remote work. Key insight? The appetite for change is there, something we’d usually have to make the case for.
Issue #200 published 9 Aug 2020
Do you pay ‘market rate’ regardless of the location of the employee? Do you compensate for WFH set up? Do you reduce pay based on reduced commute costs? Plenty of brainfood here in this essential post every manager needs to read. H/T to brainfooder Viktoriya Vasileva for the share
Issue #199 published 2 Aug 2020
Microsoft - by mandating every employee to use the same Teams platform - might be uniquely positioned to commentate on the true implications of the global shift to remote work; some key findings in this summary post: meetings have increased in frequency, but reduced in duration (hurray!); also, change happens fast when it comes from the employees up vs managers down. Some must read corporate anthropology.
Issue #199 published 2 Aug 2020
Well written report from HBR on the implications of the phase shift to remote working; especially pertinent? the potential demise of ’weak ties’ which correlate with ‘random’ connections more easily made in person than online.
Issue #198 published 26 Jul 2020
This post is here primarily for this chart - a very decent way of visualising which flavour of remote working you’re going to try. It’s going to be easier to go all in or all out, naturally, but at least with this, you’re going to know what your choices are.
Issue #197 published 19 Jul 2020
Fascinating thought bubble collected from a number of user stories, (including one from brainfooder Adam Posner) which gives us yet another unexpected second or third order impact from Covid-19. The barriers between personal and professional will surely never be the same again. Have a read, here
Issue #196 published 12 Jul 2020
If you’re returning to the office this week you might be able to relate. I’m guessing none of us were as isolated as OP but her extreme experience might prove a useful guide on what to look out for when we return to ‘normal’ (spoiler alert: normal is not going to feel normal)
Issue #195 published 5 Jul 2020
Will Covid-19 lead to the long overdue global redistribution of wealth? According to this writer, it’s already happening, as remote working advocates inadvertently lay the groundwork for the large scale offshoring of all knowledge work. It’s a persuasive argument.
Issue #194 published 28 Jun 2020
Challenging reading for a ‘remote only’ advocate like myself, but this is essential material for all of us who are currently wrestling with configuration of our teams. The three problems? - all management is indirect, you can’t hire junior people and you get way less creativity / unplanned wins. All true, I think. Have a read here. H/T Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #193 published 21 Jun 2020
Important report from UpWork’s Chief Economist with a very telling twist - comparing survey results of 1500+ business owners pre Covid (Nov ‘19) vs post Covid (April '20). Accessible 7 pager with a clear message: despite teething issues, Remote Working is working. Download the report here. H/T Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #192 published 14 Jun 2020
Stripe’s decision a year ago to experiment with a ‘co-equal’ remote hub has proved prescient, and now puts them far enough ahead of the curve that they can now do a retro, whilst everyone else is still trying to getting a grip. Accessible read, essential for anyone wrestling with the shift to remote working
Issue #191 published 7 Jun 2020
As we begin to emerge from lockdown, big questions are being asked on what the standard operating model of business should be: remote, hybrid or co-located? An interesting angle from this post which argues for the existence of an essential ‘gravity’ to a businesses which is missing when you don’t have a physical HQ. What do we think - do companies have a soul and - if so - must it be at a physical place? Even as a remote only advocate, I’m kind of thinking…..maybe it does. Fascinating conjecture: have a read here
Issue #190 published 31 May 2020
The post about this post was featured in Issue 184, but not a bad thing to review the original, especially as its from Matt Mullenweg, the founder of Automattic, makers of Wordpress and famously a remote only business before it was cool. It’s the 5 Levels of Autonomy folks - where are your business at on this pyramid? H/T to brainfooder Ivan Harrison for the share.
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
The Office Is Dead
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A study by SquareFoot, which specializes in helping businesses find office space, found that companies in New York City spend an average of $17,020 per employee annually on office space
Coinbase, Shopify, Twitter, Facebook …all going remote first, there is a sense of inexorability about the movement towards permanent remote. This post outlines the business logic (its cheaper!) but there are many pro’s and cons were only just finding out about. Have a read of this post, and join the sometimes heated debate with other brainfooders in the fb group.
Issue #189 published 24 May 2020
‘Boundary violations’, 'energy shots’, 'micro-transitions’ - sometimes we just need the right words to help us understand what we feel. Excellent post from the Beeb which gives us the vocabulary on how to become more effective as a remote worker
Issue #188 published 17 May 2020
It’s become cool to malign McKinsey & Co (remember the ’War for Talent’ folks?), but sometimes they come up with the goods. This is an excellent post combining the theoretical with the pragmatic on what to do to maintain your agile teams MO when we’ve all had to shift to remote. Must read. H/T Adam Gordon for the share in the fb group
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
Tired of remote work how-to posts? If you read just one more, make it this one. Real experience, real know-how and a real taxonomy of the types of remote working in this outstanding post by Martin Fowler. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #186 published 3 May 2020
We need to get better at co-ordinating work without ‘mandated synchronicity’. Outstanding post which provides us with both the language and framework to do this better. H/T John Rose for the share in the fb group
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
One gets the impression from this post that there is much regret as to the phenomena, though an appeal to the return to the phone comes across as a lament for a world now long gone. Video chat fatigue is real but perhaps more to do with how we are using them rather than the medium itself (see post below for perspective on this)
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
Claire Lew is becoming a must follow thought leader on remote work. Another superb post on how to lead during times of Covid-19. Especially good on asking better questions as a manager. Must read folks.
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
The Remote Work Report
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GitLab have become the poster child of distributed only movement. Reports like this continue to embellish the brand - a dissection of the state of distributed work and, importantly, what the key motivators are for both employees and employers in this new normal. H/T Randy Bailey for the share in the fb group
Issue #185 published 26 Apr 2020
The Coronavirus - and China’s unprecedented response to it - might just be the black swan event that accelerates a trend which has so far left the country behind - remote working. Efficiency, productivity, health not to mention security gains to be had from locking down 46 million people are going to be too obvious to ignore for the worlds second biggest economy. Fascinating read from Bloomberg.
Issue #174 published 23 Apr 2020
Fundamental truth in productivity? Adapting tools you’re already using is more efficient than purpose built tools which no one has yet used. Zapier remote hiring, via Trello. Nice to see some human white gloves in the middle of all the automation also. 
Issue #80 published 23 Apr 2020
Outstanding resource put together by brainfooder and HR community leader Anna Ott and her awesome Secret HR Society. Notion might also be the best collaborative tool to maintain this type of crowdsourced documentation
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Plenty of us need more ideas on what to do with the kids, now we are facing weeks if not months of lockdown with the little cherubs. Green Parent to the rescue with this well linked blog post packed full of ideas on what you can do.
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Succinct and valuable post on the most important questions to ask when creating and updating your crisis response plan. Can’t argue with any of these - make sure you have missed one and take a look here
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
‘Implementation Intentions’, 'Time blocking’, 'Operational Transparency’…..some new terms for us to learn as we wrestle with productivity challenges of remote working. Excellent post for those who want to get better at it
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Remote Work Survival Kit
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Massive guide book on how to do all this stuff. Get it downloaded- easy to skim, easy to deep dive. H/T to brainfooderJoanne Lockwood for the share in the fb group
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Emergency Emails
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Communication, communication, communication - the mantra in times of crisis. Well what do you do if you’re the one tasked with doing the communicating? You check out this awesome resource for handy crisis email templates of course. H/T to Jenny Handy for the share.
Issue #180 published 23 Apr 2020
Buffer are a company who walk the talk when it comes to remote working. Drawing from data from 3500 respondents, this report delivers some interesting insights, particularly the challenge of mixed colocated / remote working environments. The arrows point to an all or nothing future for remote working. H/T to brainfooder Martyn Redstone for the share in the fb group
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
How to hire software engineers? 1. Be a fully remote tech company and 2. Pay base salary as if they were on site in SF.
1200 applicants alone for this job at Basecamp - no shortage of tech talent here. Competitive advantage for hiring for fully remote businesses will force the issue for others. Have a read here. H/T brainfooder Pedro Oliveira for the share
Issue #175 published 23 Apr 2020
Timely and important post from brainfooder Lars Schmidt on what HR leaders should be doing to prep their business for a potential lockdown. Have a read here PS: wonder whether it might be an idea to crowdsource something here - watch this space.
Issue #177 published 23 Apr 2020
Great report from FYI for these reasons: cool presentation, accessible tone, undeniable value, especially the somewhat disorganised yet very good tips section, but mostly for the inclusion of the photo’s of respondents remote working set ups and pet companions. H/T to brainfooder and uber content submitter Denis Dinkevich for the share
Issue #153 published 23 Apr 2020
All teams become distributed teams over time
Never thought of this before, but of course it’s true. Lots of little nuggets of wisdom like this in this accessible post, written by practitioners with relevant experience. Have a read here
Issue #165 published 23 Apr 2020
Useful 8 point guide that provides some practical recommendations on what we can do to protect the health of our people and our businesses. I suspect at least half of these will likely not be rolled back post outbreak, so this phase shift for us in HR. Must read.
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
Brainfood Larder
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It seems a lot of you have had to enforce WFH protocols following the global outbreak of COVID-19; there has been a corresponding surge in requests for information on Remote Working. Brainfood Larder is our best friend here - a searchable archive of every article ever posted in brainfood, including dozens on remote work. Take a look here - and bookmark the page - gets updated every issue.
Issue #178 published 23 Apr 2020
NASA astronaut Scott Kelly spent nearly 1 year in space, and he has some advice on how to deal with isolation. Pretty sound advice, particularly keeping a hobby (that is not work or entertainment) and doing a journal. Have a read
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
Working from home is a security & privacy nightmare, as this story rather explicitly demonstrates. As ever, efficiency vs privacy is the trade off and you can always bet that a naked man somewhere is going to stage a virtual break in on your digital room.
Issue #181 published 23 Apr 2020
If you are about Zoomed out right now - then believe me - I understand. Step forward hero of the hour, Creative Technologist Matt Reed who created a bot to take his place on unnecessary video calls. Great story, and probably actually useful
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Bit of an advertorial for the Teams product, this report from Microsoft nevertheless provides some interesting insight on behavioural change triggered by the mass movement to remote working. Easy read, so do it here. H/T Martyn Redstone for the share in the fb group
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
Zoom team-selfies, like the one below, taken by giddy corporate executives who have been long-time remote working laggards, are polluting Twitter and LinkedIn feeds….
….and are a surefire sign you’re a Level 2. Excellent post on our shared reality. H/T John Rose for the share in the fb group
Issue #184 published 23 Apr 2020
This case study series by LinkedIn is rather good - 4 to 5 cameo portraits condensed into a paragraph each - enough to get a takeaway on each one. Some excellent ideas from the likes of HelpScout and Automattic. Essential reading if you have or planning to increase your distributed workforce. Take a look here
Issue #133 published 23 Apr 2020
Accessible explainer post on the two paradigms of scheduling - ‘managers schedule vs makers schedule’. Rings true for anyone who has struggled with deep work in the traditional office environment. This is excellent, so have a read here
Issue #161 published 23 Apr 2020
This fellow Billy Barr has been living alone in a cabin in a Colorado mountain ghost town for the past 50 years. He offers advice on how to find and maintain happiness in isolation. And it is indeed excellent advice
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
You know I’m a fan of big lists. H/T Alexandru Gotoj for making perhaps the biggest one of all - as comprehensive a list for remote working that I’ve seen. Great original share in the fb group (which you are welcome to join btw).
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Foiled prototyping. Factory photos stalled by secrecy. Travel bans that slow decisions. The tech industry’s most important hardware maker is still figuring out how to manage a remote workforce as the Covid-19 outbreak disrupts its operations.
Fascinating journalism on how the notoriously secretive company is coping with working from home. Must read
Issue #182 published 23 Apr 2020
Sometimes a massive list is the most useful thing, especially when it is sourced, linked and placed on a single website. Superb resource in case you ever needed to build a business case for the inevitable future that is remote working.
Issue #160 published 23 Apr 2020
The virtualisation of recruiting means first impression are going to change. Instead of business suit, you are going to need a decent HD webcam + good lighting. Big implications for D&I here
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
What do you do when you onboarding has to be remote? Accessible guide, beautifully presented in this interactive website. Not just flash either, there is some solid advice in here too. Have a read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
This is a much better post than the title suggests - it’s a commendable attempt at mapping the landscape of remote working startups. Some good thinking on the taxonomy, as well a undeniably appealing 2 x 2 matrix. Have a read
Issue #183 published 23 Apr 2020
In these challenging times, it’s worth remembering that some of our businesses are pretty resilient - outlasting emperors, revolutions, foreign invasions, civil wars and yes, epidemics too. We’ll make it through this
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Never to let a catastrophe get in the way of sales outreach eh? This recruiter continues to do his part to fortifying the industry’s reputation as the most awful people on the planet. From the frequently funny-yet-shameful subreddit, Recruitinghell…. have a read ….and don’t do this.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
If you’re a parent, working from home when your default is working in an office might bring another challenge - what to do with the kids. Thankfully, the good people at Princess Awesome have created an open source doc packed full of ideas on what you can do. Check it out here
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating line of thought from Abe Winter, who points out twin effects of quarantine and near certain recession in many parts of the world. I think…..he might be right.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Embarrassing WFH Moments
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Have you had an embarrassing work from home moment yet? You’re going to - so you might as well share your story and have a smile or two at some of these others here. Btw: there’s a ton of great resources on this network generally
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent company policy template includes guidelines employees should follow to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Use it if you haven’t got one better. Part of this resource hub from Workable - super useful
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Cuppa
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“Social distancing” is already manifesting into new etiquette when it comes to meeting and greeting people. It also brings in the challenge of loneliness which we might all be beginning to feel a little right now. So why don’t you grab a virtual coffee with folks who follow your twitter? It’s Chatroulette, only with people who already like your chat. I’ve signed up
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Excellent post from the CEO of my favourite video conferencing tool, Whereby (better than Zoom I’m telling ya). Particularly relevant for companies suddenly in remote only mode: 1) don’t tolerate ambiguity - it’s a massive productivity killer and 2) create daily rhythm and rituals.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Great to read stories like this from brainfooders who are sharing their experience of shifting to remote only mode. My advice: read widely on posts like this from Anita Lettink
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
@HungLee/Covid19
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Twitter has become a great resource for cross referencing breaking news. I’ve curated a public list of folks epidemiologists, public health professionals & scientific journalists who are sharing reliable information about Covid19. Follow it here
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
This has got to be the toughest year for the events business so this post is for you: Vimeo handy guide on how to plan & deliver a Virtual Event. This is an opportunity folks - someone is going to crack this at some point - we might as well try and do it now.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Now you are a ‘distributed collaborator’, can you be an effective one for you and your colleagues? The UI needs an update but this remains the de facto manual for how you can do so. Must read.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Superb essay by Will Oremus on how this global phase shift from colocated to remote work will reshape society. Amongst the many important insights, this one stuck out for me: only some of us have the type of work which can be done remotely and a remote first future will leave a lot of us behind. Must read
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
The Remote Manifesto
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GitLab have been one of the first ‘remote only’ businesses to not only advocate for remote work but also to share knowledge on how to do it well. Their guide for All-Remote - a position many of us now suddenly find ourselves in - is an essential resource for us to bookmark and read.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
Remote Work Wiki
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Notion have become something of a darling of online colloboration & knowledge sharing in the past two years and it’s pretty easy to see why: the interface is familiar but the functionality is extensible. This wiki on remote work is a particularly good example of how to use it. Also pretty relevant content, given the circumstances
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
If you need to craft a response document to your customers and employees on your Covid-19 policy, this crowdsourced collection is as a good a place as any to start. Also is an expanding document so one to bookmark for long term use. H/T to brainfooder Lars Schmidt for mobilising the community for this effort.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
KnowYourTeam is a cool product and Claire Lew is an even cooler CEO, not least for opening up this guidebook for managers of remote working teams. Tons of actionable tips in this accessible 60 page PDF.
Issue #179 published 23 Apr 2020
What is it like to work as a recruiter for a remote first / remote only company? This is the question that brainfooder Kristiine Kukk asked the good folks at Toggl recently. It’s an excellent, insightful interview.
Issue #154 published 23 Apr 2020
The Remote Work Report
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Is the office is dead? It might be by 2030 according to the respondents of this survey from Zapier. The rise of remote work is inexorable and employers had better learn how to shift to it. BTW more on remote working in the Brainfood Larder
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020
Fascinating piece of research from our buddies at ESMI, and brainfooder Matthew Mee, whose annual Talent Attraction Scorecard paints a picture of a movement of talent away from the big cities. Agglomeration effect going in reverse? Remote working and impossible house prices make it that way.
Issue #163 published 23 Apr 2020