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Roundup of Remote Work Headlines

Here's a look at whats happening in the world of digital nomads.

New Service for Health Insurance for Remotees

Former British Prime Minister Theresa May once said “if you believe you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere”. And while that sentiment would be considered risible by just about anybody who works in today’s outward-looking technology industry, if you are a digital worker of the world, you may well be a worker of no insurance.

That’s the problem that SafetyWing, a startup out of Norway and a recent graduate of Y Combinator, is aiming to solve.

“People used to be limited to working locally. Now the internet and recent technologies have made it possible to hire and work for companies globally, allowing people to live wherever in the world they choose to, free from the physical restraints of an office location,” says SafetyWing  co-founder and CEO Sondre Rasch.

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30% of Workers Will Lave for Lack of Flexibility

One-third of workers said they have left a job because the company didn't offer flexible work opportunities like working from home and flexible scheduling, according to FlexJobs' annual survey released Wednesday. Currently, 16% of employees said they are searching for a new job because of flexibility issues. 

The report surveyed more than 7,300 employees to determine how work flexibility affects career decisions. The majority (80%) of employees admitted that they would be more loyal to their employers if they had flexible work options. And, more than half (52%) of respondents said they have tried to negotiate flexible work arrangements with their companies, the report found. 

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Skills You Need to Be a Successful Remote Employee

Working remotely is also good for the environment. Did you know that in the past 50 years alone, humans have consumed more resources than in all previous history? The amount of greenhouse gas reductions due to people working from home is the equivalent of taking 600,000 cars off the road for a year. It reduces traffic congestion, uses little to no paper or office resources and decreases the consumption of fossil fuels.  

Now that you know why remote work is so beneficial, here are the five skills you need if you want to succeed in this type of position.

1. Time management

When you work from home, you don't have co-workers and bosses physically near you to remind you to stay on task and meet your deadlines. When companies build a remote team, they're looking for an independent worker who's responsible with time management and scheduling projects.

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