Remote Work

Work is not a place. Find out how to successfully build, manage, and work on a distributed team. Be awesome from wherever you work best.

“Do You Need an Office?” My Mother-in-Law Wants to Know

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My mother-in-law was recently in town visiting. When the conversation turned to work, I filled her in on how things were going with Aha! and how our fully distributed team is rapidly growing. She looked at me quizzically and asked, “Do you need an office?”

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You Deserve Workplace Freedom

I love being outside. Just last week I went snowshoeing with some friends in Yosemite. But when I told a colleague about my trip, she wrinkled her nose. Snowshoeing? No thanks. Curling up indoors with a good novel is her idea of a good time.

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Commute? You Could Do All This Without One

I cringe whenever I think about commuting to work. The time spent thinking about actually getting something done. The bumper-to-bumper traffic and pollution. It is depressing to think that millions of people endure so many wasted hours each day. Wasted hours because businesses think work must be done in a maze of cubes.

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5 Ways Successful Remote Employees Stay Engaged

a sailboat on stormy looking water, with alcatraz and the bay bridge in the background.

“The calm before the storm” is a well-worn cliche. But sailors know that this saying is rooted in truth. An approaching storm creates a drop in barometric pressure — and a deceptively tranquil sea.

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Stop Going to See Your Customers

Imagine this scene: You are packing your suitcase for yet another business trip. You are pumped about the prospect of meeting with a big customer. Then, you start to think about the security lines. Missed connections … cramped seating … babies crying in your ear … lost luggage. (Feel your head starting to pound?) And that is all before you even get to the airport. Read more…

The Genius of Working in Solitude

It is rare to sit in the presence of true genius. I had that privilege a few months ago when three recipients of the MacArthur Genius Grants discussed their work at an event held in Washington, DC. An audience member asked one of the fellows, a renowned author, to share how her grant changed the way she works. I was unprepared for her response.

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6 Things Better Than Your Morning Commute

Eight billion. That’s a big number any way you slice it. But it’s even bigger when it denotes what you’ve lost. In this case, eight billion is the number of hours Americans spent commuting to and from work last year. That averages out to 50 hours per driver, or more than a week’s worth of vacation days.
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Inside the World's Most Pet-Friendly Tech Company

There are plenty of benefits to working remotely: You can work from anywhere you want, spend more time with the kids, save on gas costs, and exercise at a time that works best for you.
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How to Handle that Awkward Video Interview

That sure is a handsome-looking pup you have there. He looks like a great companion and he is probably a ton of fun to hike with! But when he starts barking in the middle of our video interview, it’s not so great for either of us.
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4 Qualities of Great Remote Teams

Remote teams are often better than their all-in-the-office peers. There, I said it. After working for six years on distributed, high-performance teams, it’s the truth. Remote work is here to stay and it’s terrific. What was impossible even a decade ago is now a reality for thousands of companies worldwide.  Read more…

One Way Cube-Dwellers Crush Remote Employees

I was humbled by the response to 6 Ways Remote Employees Crush Office Cube-Dwellers. Nearly 5,000 of you read the post, and more than 30 people shared their thoughts through comments. It is clear that for some cube-dwellers (and those who work remotely, too), I touched a nerve.
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6 Ways Remote Employees Crush Office Cube-Dwellers

I have a friend named Whitney (name changed) who was once a cube-dweller. And I do not mean she lived in a modern ergonomic-style home. On the contrary, her house was beautiful and vibrant. But each day she left the comfort of her home and drove to her miserable, gray cubicle at work. Cube-land was her reality, and many of you have been there too.
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