NODESK: Issue #120

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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Remote Work — How To Do It Well

Timi Ajiboye | BuyCoins

I’ve been working with people all over the world, almost entirely remotely (from Lagos, Nigeria), as a software developer, project manager, CTO & CEO for more than 6 years now.

Working from home (or anywhere, really) is something that comes naturally to me but I find that a lot of people struggle with it especially in these times.

Is Remote Work Here To Stay?

Greg Rosalsky | NPR

In a previous newsletter, we gave a bearish case for the future of remote work. We spoke with the Stanford psychologist Jeremy Bailenson, whose research shows how existing technologies like Zoom are a poor substitute for face-to-face interactions. A computer screen can’t match the physical office when it comes to opportunities for social bonding, managerial oversight, mentorship and support, and random collisions between colleagues that lead to new ideas.

But there’s also the bullish case for remote work.

Inside the Invasive, Secretive “Bossware” Tracking Workers

Bennett Cyphers, Karen Gullo | EFF

The services often sound relatively innocuous. Some vendors bill their tools as “automatic time tracking” or “workplace analytics” software. Others market to companies concerned about data breaches or intellectual property theft. We’ll call these tools, collectively, “bossware.” While aimed at helping employers, bossware puts workers’ privacy and security at risk by logging every click and keystroke, covertly gathering information for lawsuits, and using other spying features that go far beyond what is necessary and proportionate to manage a workforce.

When everyone can work from home, what’s the office for?

PwC

Office workers say they’d like to have the option to work from home more frequently, even after COVID-19 is no longer a threat. They also want help setting work-life boundaries to improve their own productivity.

Job Interviews Don’t Work

Farnam Street

Better hiring leads to better work environments, less turnover, and more innovation and productivity. When you understand the limitations and pitfalls of the job interview, you improve your chances of hiring the best possible person for your needs.

Surgical Reading: How to Read 12 Books at Once

Dan Shipper | Superorganizers

It’s a process I’ve developed called surgical reading and it means that when I’m reading a non-fiction book, I focus on locating and removing the most valuable pieces of information from it quickly as possible. This allows me to read many different books across a single topic at once, so I can look at it from multiple perspectives. My goal is to quickly locate valuable knowledge and use the information I acquire in the real world to solve problems.

Why time feels so weird in 2020

Feilding Cage | Reuters

Some days seem to pass very slowly while some weeks, and even months, fly by. A set of simple perception tests illustrate some factors that can distort our sense of time.

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