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Remote Letter #16

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News & Views

Remote work won't kill your office
 
We can officially declare the 9-to-5, five-days-a-week, in-office way of working dead. But offices themselves aren't dead. And neither are cities.
The big picture: Since the onset of pandemic-induced telework, companies have oscillated between can't-wait-to-go-back and work-from-home-forever. Now, it's becoming increasingly clear that the future of work will land somewhere in the middle — a remote/in-person hybrid.


COVID-19's impact on remote work life: Top 5 advantages and disadvantages

Coping with the new normal—of working from home, physically isolating from colleagues, and maneuvering the necessary technologies dictated by remote work—was not a choice, but a quickly situated necessity, as workers and office leaders struggled to adapt. The entertainment technology company FunCorp's CIO Denis Litvinov took a deep dive into how the pandemic affected remote work. Many of those who were working from home (WFH), noted the report, were incredulous that the COVID-19 crisis and the resulting telecommuting was still a thing, seven months later.


What remote jobs tell us about inequality

Not every worker in every job can hit the ground running in a home-work set-up. That could be a problem for certain individuals – and even entire economies.


People not fully aware of remote work monitoring tech

The majority of people are not aware of the nature of new remote work monitoring technology, but do not like the idea of it. According to a new polling commissioned by the Prospect union, around two thirds of workers are uncomfortable with workplace tech like keystroke and camera monitoring and wearables being used when working remotely.


Everything You Need to Know About Digital Nomad Visas

Not too long ago, the concept of catering specifically to digital nomads was too new and strange for most countries to truly understand all of the long-term benefits. It looks like things are going to be making a drastic change soon as countries are starting to open up to the reality of how financially sustainable it is to start attracting digital nomads with specialized visa options.

Discussions

The perks of Corona for introverted employees *3* Do you relate?

Being liberated from an extrovert-dominated office is the best thing that ever happened to me!
  • No one can tell me to remove my headphones or lower the sound volume.
  • I can work peacefully with the lights off.
  • No risk of awkward eye contact.
  • I can keep my microphone muted on Ovice ( a virtual office space I'm working on ) or even better get into a private room and lock it *evil laugh*
  • No pressure to turn on my camera.
  • No side talks or gossips because putting myself in "busy working mode".


How to find like minded people to connect and live with?

Hi r/digitalnomad I'm new to digitalnomad life. I'm a hippie and a nerd and I'm looking for like minded people to connect.I want to travel to warm places, but I don't wanna do by myself. I wanna join an existing community of like minded people, but I'm having a hard time to find this kind of thing. Can you help me out?
Thanks!


Is it wrong to charge more for very similar project with same client?

Hi all, I'm relatively new to freelance so looking for some advice here. I do iOS and Android development, and I recently completed a contract with a client for the iOS development of their app. Turns out I poorly assessed the amount of work required to build out their iOS app, but the deal was done so I completed the iOS app to the best of my ability.
The client has now contacted me to develop their Android application as well. Would it be wrong to raise the price of the contract due to me now being aware of all of the work involved, despite the fact that the two are technically very similar?


I might not get paid for 20 hours of design work

I had a lengthy interview yesterday. The client basically told me that he wants me to do the design that might worth 20 hours of design work. If he doesn’t like it after looking at it, he is not gonna pay for it.
I told him that if he doesn’t want to pay me by hour, he can set up several milestones. But he insisted that he doesn’t want to interrupt a designer’s “creative workflow”.
Is it a violation of upwork’s rule? Can I report this client?


How are you doing mentally with full time remote work?

I loved it the first few months. The lack of interruptions, useless chit chat, avoiding the commute. But recently, it's just gotten old and stale. Maybe it's because we also take COVID seriously and only venture outside the house for groceries and necessities a couple times a week. I think I enjoy remote work but would prefer an option to go into the office a couple days a week just to break up the monotony.
Otherwise, we go on a lot of walks around the neighborhood to get fresh air. It's all become very tedious. I can understand why people are saying F it all and wanting to resume their normal life and take their chances if they are not in a high risk group. I don't see how this is going to last another 6 to 12 months without people losing their minds.

Podcasts

Transitioning to 100% remote – Chris Winn, Creative Market CEO - S2E1

Switching the way you work from in-office to all remote is no easy task. Chris Winn took on this challenge when he became the CEO of Creative Market, knowing he had to “pick a lane” or risk his team evolving into two separate cultures. Chris shares his journey of managing change and building a healthy remote culture in this episode of Mastering Remote.


The Evolving Nature of Employment in Remote Work

Erica McMannes and Liz Rodewald put Instant Teams together four years ago, to meet the employment needs of military spouses, for flexible location-independent work opportunities. They knew there were companies who needed the dedication and skills that this underserved cohort could bring to that need, so they created the service specifically to bring these two parties together.


Tony & Leanne Argyle - Travatical Podcast & Magazine

Dr. Heidi Forbes Öste chats with Tony and Leanne Argyle  - Travatical Podcast and Magazine.
Tony and Leanne Argyle have interviewed over 120 expats and full time travellers during the last 5 years about their lifestyle choices and, inspired by the results they have found, have hit the road themselves as full time travellers in 2019. You can subscribe to their free magazine with travel tips and and inspiring traveller interviews at travatical.com


Gig Economy in the Age of "New Normal" with Tijana Momirov

In this episode, we talk to Tijana Momirov, founder of StartupSetup, about how startups can leverage the gig economy to reach efficiency and get work done. We discuss the challenges of early-stage startups, the ways in which they can overcome them to succeed, and if the future of work is going to be remote.


The Secret to Creating Conscious Teams (remotely) & Maximizing Talent

Leaders need to be measuring results not face time, says Roberta Matuson, CEO of Matuson Consulting and author of the book Evergreen Talent: A Guide to Hiring and Cultivating a Sustainable Workforce. Find out why she says what's most important right now to creating optimal work environments, is to cut employees a break, stop micromanaging and most importantly, to genuinely check in and listen. And learn why Roberta earned the name Talent Maximizer, and how companies can maximize talent now and after COVID-19.
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