NODESK: Issue #123

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).

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

Remote work is a platform

Jason Fried | Signal v. Noise

In-office and remote work are different platforms of work. And right now, what we’re seeing a lot of companies attempt to port local work methods to working remotely. Normally have four meetings a day in person? Then let’s have those same four meetings, with those same participants, over Zoom instead. It’s a way, but it’s the wrong way.

Remote happiness, how to create it

Matt Mochary

In this remote world, many people are feeling disconnected which in turn leads to sadness, often intense sadness (ie- depression). For those in this state, they know that something needs to change, but they are not sure what. Job is the activity that consumes most of their day, so they often assume that is where the cause lies. They believe that their disconnection comes from the fact that they are working at a “big company”. If they leave for a small company, they will regain a sense of connection.

Unfortunately, they rarely do. Because their disconnection is not coming from the size of their company, but rather the way in which they are working remotely.

Our remote work future is going to suck

Sean Blanda

In reality, remote work makes you vulnerable to outsourcing, reduces your job to a metric, creates frustrating change-averse bureaucracies, and stifles your career growth. The lack of scrutiny our remote future faces is going to result in frustrated workers and ineffective companies.

Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All

Chip Cutter | The Wall Street Journal

Projects take longer. Collaboration is harder. And training new workers is a struggle. ‘This is not going to be sustainable.’

The death of the city

Aitor Hernández-Morales, Kalina Oroschakoff, Kalina Oroschakoff | POLITICO Magazine

For the first time since the earliest cities emerged in the Fertile Crescent some 6,000 years ago, concentrated urban centers no longer have a monopoly on the economic and cultural connections that make civilizations tick forward.

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