NODESK: Issue #114

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).

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Hand-picked articles, stories and ideas from the remote work community and beyond.

Gradually, Then Suddenly

Matt Mullenweg | Unlucky in Cards

Change happens slowly, then all at once.

The forces that enable working in a distributed fashion have been in motion for decades, and if you talk to anyone who was working in technology in the ’60s and ’70s they expected this to happen much sooner. Stephan Wolfram has been a remote CEO for 28 years. Automattic has been distributed-first for 15 years.

Work From Home is dead, long live Work From Anywhere

Danny Crichton | TechCrunch

Work From Anywhere may not save a company any money whatsoever. What was once large office complexes may be a handful of smaller venues, with travel and food budgets that will more than make up for any real estate cost savings. This new workplace flexibility is not about saving money, nor long-term social distancing. In the end, it’s an investment in employee well-being, productivity, and ultimately, profitability.

Paying Remote Employees Fairly

Blair Reeves | Blair Reeves

…cost of living adjustments (COLAs) are deeply unfair and a bad practice. People doing the same jobs and providing the same value should be paid the same.

Companies must pay share of rent for employees working from home


German-language paper Tages-Anzeiger reports that Switzerland’s top court has ruled that employers are required to contribute to employees’ rent payments if they are expected to work from home.

Just some red flags. No big deal. Just ignore them.

Rachel Kroll | rachelbythebay

Onboarding at a new company can be a weird thing. Besides the very corporate-sounding name itself (that makes some of us think “waterboarding”), there are some odd ways they try to “teach” the new employees.

If you could work remote where would you live?

sloaken | Hacker News

In the current climate it appears remote working will be more common. So where would you want to move too? Or would you become a nomad? Or is current home, perfect?

The Technology That Changed Air Travel

Taimur Abdaal | Retool Blog

A lot has changed about air travel since it went mainstream in the 1930s. On-board smoking, free-flowing booze, and five-star meals have given way to baggage fees, cramped seats, and mystery meat. It ain’t all bad, though — flying is also more safe, affordable and accessible than ever before.

Through all this change, one thing has stayed the same — the software that manages it all.

How to Be Alone When You’re Really Bad at It

Sindha Agha | The New York Times

I was struggling with quarantine — until I found the polar explorers.

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A thread about the future of remote work

Sid Sijbrandij | Twitter

In the future, cities will need to compete to attract knowledge workers, not companies

David Sacks | Twitter

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