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Collaborative Overload

Collaborative Overload

We now have so many ways to collaborate – faster, more efficiently, and with more people. But is collaboration always such a good thing? Too much of it can lead to collaborative overload, which stifles decision-making, puts pressure on key people in your team, and defeats the purpose of having a smart, diverse, team.

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Commuting Disproportionately Affects Working Women

One of the most obvious and immediate benefits of working Out Of Office is that it eliminates commuting. This can be particularly beneficial for working women. Several studies have shown that commuting limits and stresses women more than it does men, primarily because women usually take on a greater share of household tasks. This article summarizes the issue:

Commuting, for women, gets added to an already heavy workload that often includes child care and the majority of day-to-day household tasks

Eliminating or reducing the daily commute helps alleviate the problem. Or you could share household tasks more equitably.

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Five Keys to Communicating Remotely

By definition, an Out of Office team has some or all of its members working remotely – and that raises important communication challenges. You might think you’re good at communicating remotely, but are you really? The article Five Keys to Communicating Remotely suggests five techniques to improve your communication with remote team members.

  1. Choose your tool wisely.
  2. Focus on the message received.
  3. Listen more carefully.
  4. Think about more than your message.
  5. Be more intentional.

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How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

How to Connect Out-Of-Office Workers In Person

We talk a lot about how to make out of office work effective. But there are still benefits to meeting in person – even if it only happens occasionally. In this episode, we look at various scenarios for in-person meetings, as well as their pros and cons.

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Women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility

We have often said one of the main benefits of Out of Office work is the flexibility it offers employees. In fact, some surveys show that telecommuters are even willing to take a pay cut in exchange for this flexibility.

But that’s not always the case!

Recent research from the International Consortium for Executive Development Research suggests the opposite might be true for some people. In particular, women in their 30s want higher pay over flexibility.

This doesn’t apply to everybody, of course. And it doesn’t invalidate earlier research. It simply shows that everybody is different, and organisations who embrace that diversity are more likely to keep the best talent.

Make working from home work for you

Many people look enviously at people who work from home, but they sometimes struggle when they are given the same opportunity. Working from home involves more than just a good Internet connection and a dedicated home office. That’s a good start, but it takes much more to make this successful – especially in the long term.

The article Make working from home work for you lists “13 home working must-haves”. Not surprisingly, a good Internet connection and a comfortable work space do make the list, but so do some other less obvious things.

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Infographic: How to Run Successful Remote Meetings

How to Run a Remote Meeting – An infographic by Hubstaff.com

The Onion: Working From Home Vs. Working In An Office

The Onion turns its satirical eye to the differences between working in a regular office and working Out Of Office.

Performance Management in the Gig Economy

As work teams become more fluid, managers and leaders not only need to understand how to lead full-time Out of Office workers, but other types of workers as well. One growing sector is the freelancer community (also known as the “gig economy”). It’s easy to treat freelancers as simply resources who do one-off jobs. But that ignores the skills, talents, and unique experiences of these freelancers.

The Harvard Business Review article “Performance Management in the Gig Economy” gives leaders a number of ideas for getting more out of these freelancers:

  • Share context
  • Measure more than cost, schedule, and quality
  • Encourage agile talent to communicate concerns before problems bloom
  • Demonstrate two-way feedback
  • Make sure the right managers are supervising your agile talent
  • Acknowledge excellence and share the news

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

A Day in the Life of a Future Out Of Office Worker

What will work look like in the near future? In this episode, we walk through a typical workday of a future Out of Office worker.

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