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Here's a list of articles that caught our eye recently about remote work. Give them a read. MORE STARTUPS ARE LAUNCHING WITH DISTRIBUTED WORKFORCE Mary Meeker’s latest Internet Trends Report shows that 5% of the American labor force works remotely (nearly double the 3% in 2000), representing over 8 million Americans. Also, nearly 50% of the US workforce has spent at least some time working remotely.  Read more...
If you haven't heard about the gig economy, you've been living in a cave. Believe it or not, the gig economy - also known as "non-traditional employment" - will be the primary income source for 43 percent of the American workforce by next year. Like real estate, the economy is all about location, location, location. Not all states offer a potential robust income for gig economy workers. The best locations offer a mix of...
Most employees prefer to spend some time in an office (83%) over being fully remote, according to a  new Clutch survey  of 503 full-time employees. Why? In-office work helps employees collaborate with coworkers and feel included in the company's culture. "Most work-from-home employees I know enjoy knowing there is a spot, even if not a designated spot, for them at the office when needed," said Bethany Babcock, owner...
Insights from freelance knowledge worker respondents to the “Freelancing in America” survey help understand why 54% say “there is no amount of money where they would definitely take a traditional job ” New data from Upwork, the largest freelancing website, suggests that most people don't understand the freelance lifestyle. According to  Freelancing in America: 2018 , the most comprehensive study of the...
Work at Home for contact centers and support functions is a rock solid staffing and business continuity strategy. It saves companies money, and is viewed a high value benefit by employees," says Michele Rowan, President of Customer Contact Strategies. "Deployment strategies vary, and drivers for adding work at home vary, but the results are steadfast. It improves employee satisfaction and retention, and makes scheduling much more productive."...
First there was Vermont, now Northwest Alabama is offering cash bounties to get remote workers to relocate to their states. Vermont started accepting applications at the beginning of 2019 for the program, which pays people who work remotely for an out-of-state company to move to Vermont.The state will pay those new residents up to $10,000 over two years. Yesterday a group of towns in Alabama made the same pledge. They even made a...
Large employers like Hilton, Amazon, Verizon and Liberty Mutual have used talent-screening algorithms to sift through large pools of applicants for nearly a decade. So, "you want to connect the dots no matter who – or what – is reviewing your resume," says  Rachel Loock , a career and leadership coach at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. "You want to make it really easy to see how...
They were drawn to big cities by the bright lights and career prospects. Now, beset by a housing crunch and high cost of living, more than half of professionals living in U.S. cities are ready to leave. According to a  new study  commissioned by  Citrix Systems, Inc.  (NASDAQ:CTXS), 70 percent of knowledge workers living in urban locales say they would move to outlying areas if they could perform their jobs at the same...
Running Remote , the world's largest remote work conference, announces Running Remote 2019 in Bali, Indonesia. The conference boasts over 24 inspirational remote company industry leaders and innovators ready to share practical and actionable advice to build, manage and grow remote and remote teams. n the Buffer State of Remote Work 2019 Report, Amir Salihefendic, the CEO of Doist (and a speaker at Running Remote 2019) said,...
Planted's 2019 Talent Trends report reveals that 70% of jobseekers are willing to take a pay cut to work from home, among other findings. Planted, Inc., a smart career platform that matches top business talent with innovative and growing companies, released its first annual Talent Trends report to help companies understand what jobseekers really want out of their next opportunities in a competitive hiring market. The United...
It's college graduation season, and over the next two months thousands of former students will receive their diploma and take their technical abilities into the job market. What will likely surprise most of these graduates is that their soft skills are what will give them a leg up on competing applicants. While hard skills are important in boosting a job application,  LinkedIn's 2018 Emerging Jobs Report  found that soft skills,...
Here's a quick spin around the world of remote working. Home Alone: Communication Advice From A Remote Worker “Wow. You’re so lucky.” That’s something that’s not necessarily said to me often, but it’s nearly always the response when I tell somebody that I have a career working primarily from home. If you're not already, someday soon you might be in the same boat (or apartment, condo, house or...