NoDesk: Issue #180

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).

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Remote work doesn’t have to be lonely. Grab your laptop and a friend.

Caroline Kitchener | The Lily

As coronavirus case numbers soar with the rise of the delta variant, many employers are delaying their return-to-office dates. And while that’s welcome news for a lot of people, some are dreading a stretch of colder months that could look a lot like last year: endless days spent inside, speaking only to people on screens.

Across the country, friends are devising another way forward.

Remote Work Is Crushing Low-Skilled Left Behind in U.S Cities

Michael Sasso | Bloomberg

The pandemic trend of white-collar employees working remotely or fleeing for the suburbs has disproportionately hurt low-skilled workers who stayed behind in deserted neighborhoods.

The highly adaptable habits of the best companies for remote workers

Anne Quito | Quartz

As many companies that had to shift their operations online during the pandemic have learned, it takes more than virtual meetings, Slack channels, and regular quarantinis to make it all work.

Collaboration Overload Is Sinking Productivity

Rob Cross, Mike Benson, Jack Kostal, RJ Milnor | Harvard Business Review

Our Connected Commons research over the past decade on collaborative overload shows that more efficient collaborators — those who have the greatest impact in networks and take the least amount of time from people — are distinguished in part by how they put structure into their work to reduce the insidious cost of being “always on.” These people are able to be 18 to 24% more efficient than their peers.

These Millennials Are Dumping Their Jobs to Plot New Careers

Krithika Varagur | The Wall Street Journal

With several years in the workforce and some savings, some young professionals take an early career break to reassess and chart a different path.

How finger counting gives away your nationality

Anand Jagatia | BBC

Many people around the world learn to count on their fingers, but we don’t all do it in the same way. Could there be a better method?

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