NoDesk: Issue #175

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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Why Managers Fear a Remote-Work Future

Ed Zitron | The Atlantic

Remote work lays bare many brutal inefficiencies and problems that executives don’t want to deal with because they reflect poorly on leaders and those they’ve hired. Remote work empowers those who produce and disempowers those who have succeeded by being excellent diplomats and poor workers, along with those who have succeeded by always finding someone to blame for their failures. It removes the ability to seem productive (by sitting at your desk looking stressed or always being on the phone), and also, crucially, may reveal how many bosses and managers simply don’t contribute to the bottom line.

Don’t Lose the Democratizing Effect of Remote Work

Joan C. Williams, Rachel M. Korn, Mikayla Boginsky | Harvard Business Review

The good news for employees is that 90% of large companies are embracing the hybrid model, which combines on-site work with remote work, according to a recent McKinsey survey of 100 executives at large organizations. The not-so-good news is that mishandling the transition to hybrid work threatens to reinforce social inequalities and jeopardize companies’ diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

Americans Are Willing to Take Pay Cuts to Never Go Into the Office Again

Lisa Fleisher | Bloomberg

A new survey shows 65% of workers who said their jobs could be done entirely remotely were willing to take a 5% reduction to stay at home.

Big tech companies are at war with employees over remote work

Samuel Axon | Ars Technica

CEOs want workers back at their desks. Employees and the virus have other plans.

Stat of the day: 38% of remote workers work from bed

Erica Pandey | Axios

Forget the home office — 45% of American teleworkers regularly work from a couch, 38% regularly work from bed and 20% often work outside, according to a study by the home improvement marketing firm CraftJack.

The rise of never-ending job interviews

Mark Johanson | BBC

Some companies are asking candidates to attend multiple interviews. But too many rounds could be a red flag – and even drive candidates away.

Why Don’t Tech Companies Pay Their Engineers to Stay?

Matt Dean | ethena

The hard truth that many companies struggle to wrap their heads around is that they should be paying their long-tenured engineers above market rate. This is because an engineer that’s been working at a company for a long time will be more impactful specifically at that company than at any other company.

Companies that make people return to the office will lose employees

Rani Molla | Vox

We’re in an era where people have tasted a different way of working, a different way of connecting with the people they cohabitate with, a reduced level of stress from the reduction of commutes, saving more money. And because they’ve tasted this, they’re demanding it, they want it.

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