NoDesk: Issue #182

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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

Bosses turn to ‘tattleware’ to keep tabs on employees working from home

Sandy Milne | The Guardian

The pandemic prompted a surge in the use of workplace surveillance programs – and they’re not going away any time soon.

So, You Think You’ve Tried Remote Work? You Probably Haven’t.

Alexandra Samuel | The Wall Street Journal

If it was during the pandemic, you don’t really know what it’s like. You might want to try again.

Hard Work Isn’t the Point of the Office

Derek Thompson | The Atlantic

The pandemic disrupted soft work—the gossip, eavesdropping, and casual relationship-building that aren’t a formal part of your job.

Say Goodbye to Your Manager

Ed Zitron | The Atlantic

One truly insufferable habit of the modern manager is their reliance on the sports metaphor—the home run, the Hail Mary, the slam dunk—when trying to inspire their team. And yet modern businesses regularly fail to learn lessons from successful sports franchises. The strongest modern companies will win the talent war not by simply hiring well from the outside, but by fostering and empowering the employees they have to create and produce for the company in the long term.

Paradise lost: The rise and ruin of Couchsurfing.com

Andrew Fedorov | Input

The once-utopian accommodations site, now headed by an alum of surveillance-analytics firm Palantir, has gone back on its always-free ethos.

The World Happiness Report 2021

World Happiness Report

The World Happiness Report 2021 focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared. Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others.

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