Remote Work Round-Up
October 5, 2017
Citing recent examples such as IBM, Yahoo, Aetna and Best Buy, he reasons the denominator tying all these businesses together are fairly easy to spot (can anyone guess?) We'll give you a hint: they're all companies on the decline.
In connection to IBM calling back its remote workers to the office, Useem writes:
The reaction was generally unsparing. The announcement was depicted, variously, as the desperate move of a company whose revenues had fallen 20 quarters in a row; a veiled method of shedding workers; or an attempt to imitate companies, like Apple and Google, that never embraced remote work in the first place. "If what they're looking to do is reduce productivity, lose talent, and increase cost, maybe they're on to something," says Kate Lister, the president of Global Workplace Analytics, which measures (and champions) working from home.
Regardless of the set-up, Useem ultimately makes the argument that remote work doesn't work. His reasoning? Succinctly said, workers need to be in close proximity in order to be productive.
Consider the extremely tiny office that is the cockpit of a Boeing 727. Three crew members are stuffed in there, wrapped in instrument panels. Comfort-wise, it's not a great setup. But the forced proximity benefits crew communication, as researchers from UC San Diego and UC Irvine demonstrated in an analysis of one simulated flight—specifically the moments after one crew member diagnoses a fuel leak.
It is a model of collaborative efficiency, taking just 24 seconds. In the email world, the same exchange could easily involve several dozen messages—which, given the rapidly emptying fuel tank, is not ideal.
At PowerToFly, we believe working in both the office and from wherever a worker is most productive are both good options: they're personal and professional choices. If you're in the market for a remote gig, we can help. Take a look below at some of our open remote or flexible opportunities. For even more available roles, head over to our Jobs page.
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"Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work." - Aristotle
The pandemic's impact on collaborative software company Quip's technical recruiting team started slowly.
First, their roster of engineering interviewers started to dwindle as rising concerns about COVID-19 led some of them to start working from home in January and February, remembers technical recruiter Grace Kim. "We needed to rethink how we conducted our onsite interviews with a limited pool," she says.
Brittany Boardman went to her first interview with Stack Overflow without expecting much.
"I'm not technical, I'm not an engineer. And I wasn't necessarily looking [for a new job]. But Stack just blew me away," says Brittany of her first exposure to the company behind the world's largest and most trusted software developer and technologist community. "The people I met that day seemed like they genuinely liked coming to work. There was this cohesive belief in what the company was doing. I was converted pretty quickly after that interview—Stack was somewhere I wanted to join."
7 Tips from SoftwareONE's Khristy Young
Khristy Young is used to working hard.
She came to the U.S. from the Philippines at 19, computer science degree in hand, and landed her first job in tech, working in frontline support, at 21.
Balancing two full-time jobs — as a mom and [insert your title here] — has never been easy. Add to that the stress of the holiday season and a global pandemic, and your brain may well feel ready to explode.
If you're feeling overwhelmed these days, you're not alone. Hear how Ping Del Giudice, Director of Revenue Operations at Chainalysis and mother of two, has been coping amidst the chaos. (Spoiler alert: she's perfected her multitasking skills.)
What are your best work-life integration tips during this challenging time? Let us know in the comments.
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