Remote Letter #10

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News & Views

Data shows remote work really does mean longer days — and more meetings
The massive global shift to remote work since the pandemic began has led to some upsides: more flexibility, no commute, more comfortable pants. But those who sense this grand experiment in working from home also comes with plenty of downsides — longer days, more meetings and more email to answer — are now backed up by data from 3.1 million workers. The average workday lengthened by 48.5 minutes in the weeks following lockdowns, and the number of meetings increased by 13%, a working paper published Monday by the National Bureau of Economic Research showed.

Facebook extends remote work for employees through July 2021
Facebook will let its employees continue to work from home through July 2021, the company announced today. It joins other companies like Google, will also allow employees to work remotely until next summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Facebook has had nearly all of its roughly 48,000 employees working remotely since the initial wave of stay-at-home orders back in March, and it previously announced that it would have employees work remotely through the end of 2020.

The Ultimate Guide to Remote Work Stipends
A remote work stipend is a sum of money given to employees for them to use to access perks. It can be use in one or both of the following ways:

  1. 1. to purchase office equipment, a coworking pass, coffee, and anything else that makes their remote work locations comfortable, productive, or successful. It can be a one-time equipment stipend, or an on-going one.
  2. 2. to purchase general perks that an on-site team has access to such as food, health and wellness, learning and developments perks.

7 Signs a Remote Company is Committed to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
What does it mean for a remote company to be committed to diversity, inclusivity, and equity? An inclusive company welcomes and values team members with different nationalities, genders, races, ages, religions, sexual orientations, and abilities. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for companies to simply hop on the DE&I bandwagon and say these practices are important without ever following them. So how can you tell whether a remote company truly values diversity, inclusivity, and equity?

Remote work after the pandemic
The dramatic rise of remote work in response to the coronavirus pandemic may have lasting effects on the number of employees who wish to work from home. Even as offices reopen, organizations shouldn’t expect everything to return to normal. Although some employees may be eager to return to in-person collaboration with their colleagues, others may prefer to continue working from home.


Discussions

How many of you got scammed? Remote hiring gone wrong.
Lately I've been applying to a lot more remote positions, and at least a couple of times this jobs posting were complete scams. The first time was for a linking building position, after passing the screening, they sent me a test task and these were real companies and real links. Which immediately tingled my spider-senses. Why do we need to do this for real companies? If you need to check my skills there are other ways instead of giving me the work you should be paying someone (me!) to do so. Another time the hiring page required to create a login, that at the end led me to another hiring partner and another login and so on. Share your stories so others can identify scam agents.

Comparing freelance work to traditional salary-based jobs for software development
Hi all, I'm currently a studying Software Engineer who has completed a number of internships and didn't tend to really enjoy the rigid nature of corporate 9-5 jobs. The mix of enforced working hours, mundane projects, and lack of independence has deterred me from potentially pursuing such a route for a career. I know that this path can be very lucrative, and there potentially exists a job that will provide me with enough satisfaction, but I think it would be worthwhile for me to entertain some alternative options. Rather than romanticize freelance development, I want to hear people's opinions. In what ways is freelancing better than the aforementioned pathway? In what ways can I expect it to be worse?

Competing with over 250 Applicants, and I finally landed a remote position
I've been doing marketing, seo, marketing automation, email marketing, ppc for agencies for the past 7 years. I was sick and tired of the "agency" life. Managing dozens of clients and their expectations. It was really wearing me down. I even tried starting my own agency, but it sucked working at an agency all day, then coming home and working more. I wanted to take all my marketing experience and apply it to just 1 company and be fully remote (not just temporarily due to covid). Well, I found a great company, with a great service, and that only works with a remote team. I applied. I got the first interview (out of 250 applicants). Made it to the 2nd interview where I had to give a marketing plan presentation. I was so nervous, but I nailed it. I thought, if they give this position to somebody else, that's alright, because they must be damn good. But I ended up getting the offer! Now I'm fully remote, with a great team, working in an in demand industry, for a single business. No more agency, no more drama. I'm super excited!

What is your most frustrating moment while working remotely?
Hello, digital nomads! I came across this blog post about the most frustrating things about working remotely and I thought it’s a good thing to discuss. To start, mine is the constant dropping of my internet connection… during a meeting! Totally frustrating. How about you guys?

Where should I spend this winter working remotely?
I’m remote and my company doesn’t care/won’t know where I go. I’m a US citizen in Chicago. My roommates are great but getting really lax with socializing and it’s time to live on my own. I am indefinitely remote. Just need internet access and a place to do cool things outside either alone or socially distanced. City, country or small town. Only place off the table is the sunbelt and Alaska and Hawaii - or any place that is super lax about the pandemic.


Podcasts

A Revolution in Remote Work (Everyday MBA)
Jed Ayres, CEO of IGEL Technology, discusses remote work and the implications to data security systems and approaches. Jed is an expert in workspace technology and management, virtualization and mobility. IGEL Technology is an international software company focused on simplifying and securing the cloud-delivery of applications and resources. Listen for three action items you can use today.

What We Can All Learn from What's Going On (21st Century Work Life)
In today’s episode Pilar and Maya discuss an eclectic range of articles, looking at some of the obvious and less obvious consequences of what’s happening in the remote work space right now (July 2020), and what we can learn from it.

Running Remote's Egor Borushko (Yonder)
Jeff Robbins interviews Egor Borushko, who is the Co-founder and Producer at the Running Remote Conference about the current state of remote work, the current state of conferences, and the gamut of all the things that have changed around the pandemic.