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Managing Cultural Differences in Remote Work

Managing Cultural Differences in Remote Work Photo by Jase Ess on Unsplash Remote-based development and design teams certainly possess advantages: an ability to hire professionals in a variety of geographic locations, the opportunity to employ a workforce around the clock, and a vast, global knowledge of marketplaces and people are just a few. However, the failure to realize the distinct challenges that may arise from your remote…

Web Conferencing Alternatives: GoToMeeting, WebEx and Yuuguu

Web Conferencing Alternatives: GoToMeeting, WebEx and Yuuguu Published on Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 7:19pm At work, I use web conferencing to facilitate collaboration between team members working in different locations as well as to communicate with our clients around the country. The critical features we need are 1) screen-sharing; 2) integrated audio over telephone or via the computer’s microphone and; 3) the ability to schedule…

Hybrid Remote Working

Let Your Home Be Your Wonderland Former Xerox Chairwoman and CEO Anne Mulcahy is widely quotes as having said: “Employees are a company’s greatest asset — they’re your competitive advantage.” At The Mad Botter, could not agree more. Yet, it’s also been proven true by study after study that happy engaged employees perform far better than the average worker. How do we make that work in an…

Scaling a company is hard. Scaling a remote company is harder.

Scaling a company is hard. Scaling a remote company is harder. There is no question about the benefits of working remote. It’s been over two years since we ditched the office, and officially took our company remote, and that’s one decision I wouldn’t trade for the world. We’ve seen vast improvements in productivity, creativity, and of course, great lifestyle benefits. Scaling and growing up any company…

Webcast recap: Your favorite ways to work with GitHub

Integrated development environments (IDEs) 2017 was a busy year for IDEs and GitHub. From new additions like Xcode to complete rewrites of some of our favorites like GitHub Desktop, there’s been a lot to cover. The GitHub Professional Services Team (and special guests from each respective organization!) recorded a full webcast series to help you catch up on some of our favorites and kick off…

The Benefits and Disadvantages of Remote Work

The Benefits and Disadvantages of Remote Work I recently left a full-time remote work after 7 months to go back to the office. It was my first time being truly a remote worker and it was an interesting experience. I have gained perspective on things that where great and no so great about working remotely and what it means for the future of teams and companies….

Motivation Secrets of Productive People

Make no mistake about it. Motivation will increase your productivity. “Motivation and productivity are twin concepts in organizational development,” wrote Kristina Dems for Bright Hub. “First, motivation works as the means toward attaining productivity as an end. Another point: Motivation is the best road to follow to reach productivity as a favorable effect. Lastly, motivation is the stimulus to trigger productivity as a response.” Think about how…

How I landed Cards Against Humanity as my first freelance client

I find that lots of people—myself included—love hearing about who someone’s first big freelance client was. For me, it was Cards Against Humanity. For those of you living under a rock, Cards Against Humanity is a wildly popular party game for “horrible people,” as it says on every box. It has to be one of the most fun games I’ve ever played, and maybe the…

Podcast #2: Uzaktan Çalışma (Remote Working) nedir, neden önemlidir?

Podcast #2: Uzaktan Çalışma (Remote Working) nedir, neden önemlidir? İkinci bölümde son 4–5 yıldır yakından takip ettiğim uzaktan çalışma (remote working) kültürünün gelişimi ve kendi iş hayatımdaki yerinden bahsettim. 15 dakika boyunca konuştuktan sonra hala konuşacağım birçok şey geldi aklıma. Bunları sonraki bölümlerde konuşmak üzere erteledim 🙂 Podcast’e aşağıdaki linklerden ulaşabilir, abone olabilirsiniz: Spreaker: bit.ly/cs-podcast-spreaker Apple (iTunes) Podcasts: bit.ly/cs-podcast-apple Stitcher: bit.ly/cs-podcast-stitcher SoundCloud: bit.ly/cs-podcast-soundcloud YouTube Playlist: bit.ly/cs-podcast-youtube…

Boundaries at work remote workers should set

Boundaries at work remote workers should set As you go through my previuos posts, you can notice that in some of them I have already mentioned merits and drawbacks of working remotely. Those of you who are familiar with this type of job know how challenging it is to achieve work-life balance.That’s why it’s crucial for remote employees to set some boundaries at work. Except for…

How to measure the impact of your work

As designers, we know our work has an impact. We see the power of design in every aspect of our lives. But not everyone is able to connect the dots between design and business growth. It is up to us, as designers, to help tell our own success stories. When we’re able to demonstrate the value of our work, design becomes a critical contributor to…

How IAM Can Help Your Enterprise Get Mobile

Workers want mobility and flexibility and you want to give it to them. Young people, especially, have heard the siren song of flex time, and they’ve made it a priority in their job search. Even traditional workplaces are being liberated by technology to allow work to be done outside of the office — you no longer have to be a startup to have employees asking…

How to Succeed Leading a Team of Remote Teams

Slowly but surely the world is saying goodbye to traditional forms of work. The idea of a fixed 40-hour work week, long commutes and rigid schedules is becoming stale to many people, especially as the internet gives them the freedom to work as they please. Generally speaking, employers are grasping onto this trend, with the amount of work being done at home growing by over…

MaxMunus Provides Project Remote Support For ANGULAR JS With Leading Industry Expert.

MaxMunus Provides Project Remote Support For ANGULAR JS With Leading Industry Expert. ANGULAR JS Angular JS support the JavaScript MVW framework (Model View Whatever). It is a structural framework for dynamic web apps. It supports it to running with the single page application. The main goal of it to develop Browser based application with model view controller(MVC). The internet has enabled great things. It allows teams…

Social Support

My name is Jason and I lead our support efforts here at Figma, a web based UI design tool. Prior to Figma, I worked for Flipboard, a social magazine app. At Flipboard, users can follow their favorite news feeds, social networks, and blogs all in one place. Flipboard works with lots of amazing partners and publisher to optimize their content for Flipboard. Our team handled…

Why you should hire remote team members

Eddy, Head of Ops at QLC Why you should hire remote team members Until your startup has built a reputable brand (and even then) it’s hard to find good talent. It’s serendipidous to meet someone who: Truly believes in your company’s vision Has the potential to grow into the role Will work for a significantly lower pay Works well with the rest of the team Is ready…

The Benefits of Embracing A Flexible Work Schedule With Your Remote Workforce

The Benefits of Embracing A Flexible Work Schedule With Your Remote Workforce The old school “9 to 5” work day doesn’t exist when you have teammates in different time zones or working on an opposing schedule from you, and let’s just say this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, there are many benefits to embracing varied work schedules. VentureDevs is composed of our tech…

Webcast recap: Enabling data science with GitHub

Data powers much of the software we use every day. Although data science teams operate differently than engineering teams, they can apply the same best practices that engineers use to share code, communicate, and work together more efficiently. In a recent webcast, GitHub Senior Solutions Engineer Bryan Cross shows us how data scientists use GitHub to support their workflows. Below, you’ll find three key takeaways…

Webcast recap: Getting started with GitHub Enterprise

In a recent webcast, GitHub Enterprise Solutions Engineer Tommy Byrd shared how to get GitHub Enterprise up and running as a virtual appliance in just thirty minutes. In this recording, Tommy walks through an example of an automated deployment by managing the provisioned resources using the open source version of Terraform and explains all the services included with the GitHub Enterprise appliance. He also reviews…

AgileVentures Design Sprint Day One

AgileVentures Design Sprint Day One If I learned one thing from the NHS design sprint it’s get the sprint day blog numbering sorted! 🙂 I think I’m on top of it this time. I started yesterday with a minus-one blog and so today’s “day one” blog looks back at day one. That was yesterday and day two is coming up later today. We did an intense six…

2018 UX and content strategy conferences you don’t want to miss

You’ve found it—the perfect conference to network with industry peers and take a deep dive into your field. The only problem? The conference is happening in 2 days, and tickets are sold out. Today, there are enough great UX design and content strategy conferences to fill an annual calendar. But it’s hard to attend them if you don’t know they’re happening until they’ve started trending…

5 Challenges with a Remote Working Policy — And How to Overcome Them

5 Challenges with a Remote Working Policy — And How to Overcome Them One way to see how far the adoption of a remote working policy has progressed is to examine its impact on culture through the study of linguistics. As something plays a greater role within a culture, more words are created. As a great example, there are 50 Eskimo words for “ice” (source). Working out of…

New Year, New Updates for Basecamp 3 on Android

💨 Navigation takes you to Projects and Teams faster Whether you have one Project or one hundred, we know you’re using the Android app to check on Basecamp quickly, on-the-go. 📌 Pinned Projects and Teams are more prominent on the Home Screen. Quickly scan for the Projects that matter to you. These pinned Projects and Teams stand out when you’re sharing a video from YouTube or…

Nerdy New Year’s Resolution: Rock at Working Remotely

I’ve been working from home for about a year and a half. It’s certainly been a learning experience. In this post I’m going to share some of the things I’ve learned. I’ll start by giving you a little context. Why I chose to work from home and my remote working situation. Then I’ll move on to why you would want to work from home, why…

The friendly vision of a connected future

The friendly vision of a connected future The Friend Unifying Platform is now in version 1.1 — we have improved a lot and a little in many aspects of the system. Also, FriendChat becomes clearly a true enabler for communication for distributed systems. Our modern world lets more and more people work from anywhere. This requires new ways of thinking, interacting and communicating. We see Friend as…

You don’t have to take every handout or jump through every loophole

You don’t have to agree with Uncle Sam on how he conducts all of his affairs to accept that “starving the beast” isn’t a path that leads anywhere good long term. Basecamp used to take two common business deductions called the domestic manufacturing credit (§199) and the Research & Development credit. Both of these tax credits were substantial, both were recommended by esteemed accounting firms with…

We Roam Review — Polaris Tour 2017

We Roam Review — Polaris Tour 2017 In January 2017, I joined the inaugural We Roam tour, Polaris. We Roam is a travel program/agency built around the growing digital nomad market, which is made up of expatriates that like to move around, and usually have a remote job they can do from anywhere.The basic model is to accommodate 20–40 remote workers in a different city each month, for…

Why Effective Distributed Teams Are Not Remote Teams

Over the past eight years, I’ve had the privilege to be part of Upwork—a company that, from its inception, has embraced distributed teams and distributed work. What’s more, our mission is to remove the barriers of offices and borders for those seeking and providing skilled work. We live this culture. Currently, we collaborate with highly skilled independent professionals from 45 countries. They work on projects…

Running a profitable, debt-free and remote company for 17 years — lessons from Wildbit

Natalie Nagale, the founder and CEO, discusses how they continue to resolve the thorny issues of trust, culture and progress across timezones. For the last 17 years, Natalie Nagale has been running a software product company. In these years, her company has touched the lives of 100,000+ companies who love and use their products. Founded in 1999, they are the people behind products like Postmark,…

Sleighdogs » Psychological aspects of home office

Sleighdogs » Psychological aspects of home office The headline pretty much explains the idea of home office. It all started with support services staff whose physical presence at the office no longer seemed necessary. Of course, it is more common in professions where the result of the work is more important than the effort and time spent on it. Just like at Sleighdogs. We trust each other…

Why We Absolutely HAVE To Have Amazing Team Trips 3x a Year (And Remote Team)

Why We Absolutely HAVE To Have Amazing Team Trips 3x a Year (And Remote Team) Drinking Glühwein and asking ourselves: “Is this really my life?” Just last week we spent the whole week in German Alps in Garmisch-Partenkirchen with our Teamweek team. If you saw our Instagram feeds, you must be green with envy and honestly, we don’t blame you. The trip was amazing in every sense — we…

Office job and the power of nonsense

Office job and the power of nonsense 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Everyday from 9 to 5. Monday. What is a big deal with it, you might guess? It is just a typical day — same as Saturday, Sunday or Thursday.But for some reason, many people feel like it’s the worst day of the week. Some say it loud, some say about it during some small coffee-talks, others just…

COFFICE STORY: Brett DeWoody, Frontend Engineer at Citrusbyte, Full-stack Mentor at Thinkful

COFFICE STORY: Brett DeWoody, Frontend Engineer at Citrusbyte, Full-stack Mentor at Thinkful Brett De Woody If you’re not satisfied at one place, pack your bags and leave. Sounds like a dream, right? Well for a freelancer, this dream is kind of real. Having the freedom to work from anywhere in the world is not a luxury anymore but a necessity if you want to experience the world…

The Complete Guide To Deploying JavaScript Applications – Part 2: Single Page Applications, Logging, SSL

TL;DR: Atwood’s law states that Any application that can be written in JavaScript, will eventually be written in JavaScript. In 2018, eleven years after this law was proposed, JavaScript is now the most popular language in the world. In the first part of this tutorial, we covered database and backend deployments. In the second and final part of this tutorial, I’ll show you how to…

The Next Frontier in Customer Support

I know it’s January, but this isn’t one of those posts where I make bold predictions about the future of customer support and how it will evolve in 2018. Instead, I want to talk about what a world-class customer experience looks like today and how we’re redesigning parts of our product to enable those experiences for your customers at scale. I’m not going to recite…

10 Reasons Why You Should Live on a Sailboat — Even During Winter?

10 Reasons Why You Should Live on a Sailboat — Even During Winter? Didn’t think to photograph our boat today before the snow melted, but here’s one from the interwebs. Georgia isn’t usually known for severe weather, but like many parts of the country right now, this winter has brought record-low temperatures, sometimes including zero-degree wind chills and gusts that would make anyone cry. This morning, we woke…

What the !@#$%^&* is Remote Year?

What the !@#$%^&* is Remote Year? Hello friends, family, Remote Nation, colleagues, world and anyone else who reads Medium. www.remoteyear.com — check it out, they’re awesome Welcome to the first edition of a weekly blog that I am creating to document my journey before, during and after my year with Remote Year. The first question that I typically get now, even before getting two paragraphs into the post,(and have gotten…

3 Working from Home Tips for Better Communication

3 Working from Home Tips for Better Communication By Julie Perrine Working from home can be both a blessing and a curse. On one hand, being in your own environment can make you more productive and keep you focused on your tasks. Everyone knows traditional office environments can be filled with constant interruptions. But on the other hand, it can be difficult to stay in…

I heard going to Korea is a good ‘career’ move

I heard going to Korea is a good ‘career’ move My career is propelling forward. Don’t worry. I’m not off to North Korea — Source: Google Image Okay, dad jokes aside. If you’ve talked to me in the last few months, you would know that I’m off to South Korea for 3 months. To do what? It all started with someone telling me to get out there and take…

Communicating with Your Remote Team through Email

Communicating with Your Remote Team through Email Photo by Farrel Nobel on Unsplash Remote workers spend a considerable amount of time communicating with their teams and clients through email. For a freelancer, the ability to write effectively is an essential skill, and in a mixed-method world where all factions of people, from millennials to baby boomers, are interacting with each other through email communication, you’ll want to…

ClusterOne Makes Remote Working Work

ClusterOne Makes Remote Working Work How remote work helps ClusterOne to be more flexible, communicate better, and create a better product. ClusterOne embraces remote work From the very beginning, remote work has been a core principle of the culture at ClusterOne. The company embraces the challenge of building a team from all across the planet, learning new skills along the way and turning apparent disadvantages into strengths. “We’re…

How do you fire someone well?

I don’t think a “best way” to fire someone exists — but here’s a stab at trying to do it with dignity, grace, and respect. I fired someone last year. Ugh. It was gut-wrenching. I’ve fired people before — but it doesn’t matter how many times you do it, it always feels downright terrible. To prepare for the difficult conversation, I asked a few mentors for advice. I also posed…

How a Train Ride Helped Launch Letizia Farisato’s Freelance Design Business

Meet Letizia Farisato, a Top Rated graphic designer on Upwork. Farisato began freelancing in 2012 through what she describes as a “lucky and casual meeting.” She wasn’t happy with her full-time job as it wasn’t allowing her to grow professionally. But the economic crisis in Italy, where she lives, wasn’t making it easy to find another place to work. You never know whom you might…

To study remotely

To study remotely Craft Academy aims to become more and more accessible to every student that wants to participate in the bootcamp, regardless of location. We have study locations at Pretoria in South Africa, Gothenburg and Stockholm in Sweden, and at the Hague in the Netherlands. The hub at the Hague is the first pure remote office, without any coach at the location. This isn’t really…

Lost in Space — How To Stay Sane Working From Home

Lost in Space — How To Stay Sane Working From Home Courtesy: Pixabay.com “I work from home.” It’s a statement that conjures up images of days lounging on a couch, decked out in comfy pants, latte in hand, perusing a laptop. The truth is, working from home presents its own unique set of challenges. For example, working from home is great for privacy and solitude but it breeds…

Fueling Small Business Success Through Innovation

One of the keys to any successful business, regardless of its size, is innovation. Developing new ideas is the fuel which will keep your business up to date. Innovation will keep operations, products, and services fresh. Adding this fuel will make your business more competitive. According to a study from PwC, an overwhelming 93 percent of business executives believe that “organic growth through innovation will drive the…

One of the issues I have with the amount of remote jobs advertised is that they aren’t really…

One of the issues I have with the amount of remote jobs advertised is that they aren’t really remote. I ran a start-up for five years with teams in India, Bangladesh, Spain and Indiana. There are challenges but for me I wanted the best team irrespective of location. That’s kind of the remote mantra. Most companies however advertise remote as either work from home but…

A Day in the Life of a Developer in a Distributed Team

Working as a developer in a distributed team allows for a lot of flexibility. You no longer have to book more expensive weekend deliveries for furniture, or find a way to get to the office when the weather turns the roads to ice. The hours saved each week from skipping a regular commute can add up to giving you days’ worth of extra time. It’s…

Digital Duchees — Remote Computer Technical Support

Digital Duchees — Remote Computer Technical Support At Digital Duchess, we offer remote help and interview by means of remote work area or phone discourses for some issues. This enables us to react rapidly and resolve issues conveniently, getting you back up and running. Remote SupportRemote Support We offer remote support and consultation via remote desktop or phone discussions for many issues. This…digitalduchess.com Source: Medium:Remote Working Digital…