NoDesk: Issue #171

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).

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Asynchronous communication. how to do it & who can use it w/ amir Salihefendic, CEO @ Doist

Scott Markovits | Leading from afar

The future of work requires a new way of work, and that’s asynchronous. The end of always-on & sitting in pointless real-time meetings. Asynchronous is all about focusing on deep work & long from writing.

Is your boss ending remote work? As a CEO, let me tell you why they are wrong

Dan Price | The Guardian

The shift to remote work can be life changing for employees. That’s why I am letting my employees do what they want.

We Need Remote Work for Everyone

Shira Ovide | The New York Times

The ability to work online shouldn’t be a nice-to-have for a select few, but an option for all.

Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days

Nicholas Bloom | Harvard Business Review

The pandemic has started a revolution in how we work, and our research shows this can make firms more productive and employees happier. But like all revolutions this is difficult to navigate, and firms need leadership from the top to ensure their work force remains diverse and truly inclusive.

World’s largest ever four day week trial in Iceland ‘overwhelming success’

Jon Stone | The Independent

The world’s largest ever trial of a four-day working week and reduced working time in Iceland was an “overwhelming success” and should be tested in the UK, researchers have said.

On working too hard: finding balance, and lessons learned from others

Lawrence Jones

When I first started my career, I worked a lot. The problems pulled me in, and I’d get so involved I’d be unable to sleep until I solved a problem, sometimes escaping into my dreams if I hadn’t found a natural pause point…


There is a dark side to this, though.

Robots were supposed to take our jobs. Instead, they’re making them worse.

Emily Stewart | Vox

The robot apocalypse is already here, it just looks different than you thought.

For post-pandemic travel it won’t be budget travellers bad, rich tourists good – backpackers bring unique benefits to the places they visit

Steve Thomas | South China Morning Post

  • Spain and New Zealand are among countries saying they desire a ‘better class’ of tourist when normal travel resumes, but not all will want to be so choosy

  • Backpackers’ money will more likely go directly to local communities, research shows, while their environmental impact is less than wealthy tourists

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