NoDesk: Issue #178

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The Geography of Remote Work

Lukas Althoff, Fabian Eckert, Sharat Ganapati, Conor Walsh | Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

We show that cities with higher population density specialize in high-skill service jobs that can be done remotely. The urban and industry bias of remote work potential shaped the recent pandemic’s economic impact. Many high-skill service workers started to work remotely, withdrawing spending from big-city consumer service industries dependent on their demand. As a result, low-skill service workers in big cities bore most of the recent pandemic’s economic impact. Our findings have broader implications for the distributional consequences of the U.S. economy’s transition to more remote work.

Silicon Valley Firms Shouldn't Penalize Remote Work

Adam Galinsky | Newsweek

Here is a simple principle for Silicon Valley to pursue: equal pay for equal-quality work. At the very least, tech firms should determine a fair salary proposal that is uniformly applied for all remote work. But if the goal is to put butts back in Silicon Valley seats, penalizing remote employees will only drive them away, supercharging the mass exodus away from tech epicenters.

Creating Culture in a W.F.H. World: How 3 Small Businesses Did It

Amy Haimerl | The New York Times

Flexible Fridays, employee empowerment and creative problem-solving all helped these companies bring on new workers during the pandemic.

The case for a shorter workweek

Bryan Lufkin, Jessica Mudditt | BBC

More than ever, workers want to work fewer hours, saying they can be just as effective in less time – and happier, too. They may be on to something.

How to Remember What You Read

Shane Parrish | Farnam Street

Learning means being able to use new information. The basic process of learning consists of reflection and feedback. We learn facts and concepts through reflecting on experience—our own or others’. If you read something and you don’t make time to think about what you’ve read, you won’t be able to use any of the wisdom you’ve been exposed to.

Costa Rica signs law to attract digital nomads

Rico | Qcostarica

Costa Rica President Carlos Alvarado, today, Wednesday, signed the Digital Nomads Law which seeks to attract foreign workers who work remotely from anywhere in the world.

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