NoDesk: Issue #184

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By Daniel (@nodeskco).


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Remote work is popular, but ‘moments that matter’ happen onsite, say top executives

Sheryl Estrada | Fortune

Virtual and hybrid work models are becoming the standard for many companies. However, “people want to come back into our offices for the moments that matter,” Mala Singh, chief people officer at Electronic Arts, said.

The New Anti-Remote Propaganda Wants To Gaslight You Back To The Office

Ed Zitron | Where's Your Ed At?

This, like many anti-remote pieces, seems to be entirely focused on creating a culture of fear around remote work - and just like everything seems to put the onus not on companies to create fair working conditions, but on the worker to be aware of “bad situations” like going remote, which could kill their career chances (it won’t).

You may get more work done at home. But you’d have better ideas at the office.

Edward Glaeser, David Cutler | The Washington Post

Innovation — and productivity — would suffer if remote work became permanent for most employees.

Working from home boosts career progress, say half of women

Elisabeth Mahy | BBC

According to a survey for the BBC, just over half (56%) of women said they thought working from home would help them progress at work, as childcare and caring duties become less of a hindrance to working full-time.

Google’s plan to cut pay for remote workers who relocate is a bad idea

Rani Molla | Recode

Google recently bet $2 billion that its New York workforce will return to the office. But to encourage its employees to actually make use of its massive real estate investments, some say the tech behemoth is using sticks, not carrots: Google employees who move to less expensive parts of the country could see their pay cut.

Getting beyond small talk: Study finds people enjoy deep conversations with strangers

American Psychological Association | Phys.org

People benefit from deep and meaningful conversations that help us forge connections with one another, but we often stick to small talk with strangers because we underestimate how much others are interested in our lives and wrongly believe that deeper conversations will be more awkward and less enjoyable than they actually are, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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