The Problem With Interviews and Resumes & How to Fix It

Published on December 22, 2016 By Janie Kliever

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Have you ever been frustrated by the quality of candidates that your company’s hiring assessments turn up? If so, you’re not alone. In 2016, 40 percent of employers worldwide reported difficulty filling open positions.

Big Data for Business: 5 Ways Data Analytics Powers Productivity and Profit Gains

Published on December 20, 2016 By Janie Kliever
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We’re drowning in data. Astronauts landed on the moon in 1969 using a tiny fraction of the data we have on personal computers today. And the amounts of data we’re producing and have access to is growing exponentially, doubling every two years and expected to increase by more than 30,000% between 2005 and 2020, with a 500% increase between 2010 and 2020 alone, according to market intelligence firm IDC.

Remote Work Is the Future: 9 Ways to Know Your Company Is Ready

Published on December 14, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

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What does the workplace of the future look like? It will very likely look like your living room, or the coffee shop around the corner, or that new co-working space downtown. That is to say, the way we work is becoming less office- or location-based and more flexible.

Agile Working: A Better Flexible Work Model for Employers and Workers

Published on November 28, 2016 By Janie Kliever
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Agility: it’s more than just another term to add to your list of favorite (or most hated) business buzzwords.

It’s also different than specific methodologies like agile project management or agile software development. What are we talking about? Agile working, a phrase used to describe a type of flexible work that benefits both workers and employers.

Why You Should Be Hiring Teams Rather Than Individuals

Published on November 22, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Forget the “unicorn”—hiring a superstar or two won’t magically make your business goals materialize. In fact, that’s the problem with traditional hiring practices: they’re overly focused on individuals.

Remote Work FAQs Answered (Plus Wisdom from Work-at-Home Experts)

Published on November 15, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Virtual Office, Remote Teams, Managing Remote

News flash: remote work isn’t just a trend popular with Starbucks-frequenting freelancers and work-from-home parents. It’s an approach to work (and work-life balance) that’s increasingly becoming a viable business model for companies and a desirable benefit for employees.

In fact, Global Workplace Analytics’ analysis of data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005–2014 American Community Survey indicates that 80 to 90% of the U.S. workforce would like to work remotely at least part time.

5 Time-Tracking Tools For Managing Your Remote Engineering Team

Published on October 20, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

“Remember that Time is Money. He that can earn Ten Shillings a Day by his Labour, and goes abroad, or sits idle one half of that Day … has really spent or rather thrown away Five Shillings besides.”

That’s the origin of the famous quote, “Time is money,” having first appeared in Benjamin Franklin’s “Advice to a Young Tradesman, Written by an Old One.” And it’s an adage that still holds true today—especially for remote team managers.

When you’re in charge of a team that’s spread across locations—and often across the world—it’s crucial to have tools and technologies in place that can keep everyone connected and working towards a common goal.

Still, time-tracking isn’t as much about keeping tabs on employees as it is about driving productivity and delivering key metrics. After all, if you’ve taken the measures to hire and train all-star developers, you won’t have to worry about slapping anyone on the wrist. You just need to make sure they have the resources they need to do their job...

7 Studies That Prove People Work Better in Teams

Published on October 14, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove

In 1976, Bela and Martha Karolyi made history when their protegee, Nadia Comaneci, became the first-ever Olympic gymnast to score a perfect 10.0 in her routine. But their legacy didn’t end there. After defecting from communist Romania to America, the Karolyis set out to accomplish an even bigger goal: Coach the US gymnasts to win their very first gold medal as a unified Olympic team.

After returning from the Barcelona Olympics with only a bronze, the Karolyis realized they’d been making a huge mistake. The gymnasts had been training separately with their own coaches, and only came together as a team at the actual Games. That’s when Martha decided to dramatically revamp their strategy. Before the centennial Olympics in Atlanta, she insisted that all seven athletes meet and train at a team camp for two weeks.

“That was the first moment when the US had a program that put team orientation in front of the individual success,” Martha said in NBC’s documentary, Karolyi. “If the team is...

Your Next Great Hire is Halfway Across the World. What Do You Do?

Published on October 13, 2016 By Amanda Walgrove
Remote Teams, Remote Staffing

Just like your soulmate might be on the other side of the planet, sometimes your company’s best talent is hiding out of reach. After all, the most qualified people across the world aren’t just confined to your city. (If they are, though, please spill the secret of your magical location!)

The question remains: What do you do if you want to bring this talent on board?

5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders

Published on October 13, 2016 By Janie Kliever
Remote Teams, Managing Remote

 

What's one thing many top business leaders have in common? They read. A lot.

From Warren Buffett (who devotes about 80% of his day to reading) to Bill Gates (who reads about 50 books per year, or one per week), reading—or more specifically, learning through reading—is a priority for professional development and success.

When asked about the key to his success, Buffet pointed to a stack of books and gave this advice: “Read 500 pages like this every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”

For those who want to succeed, learning never stops. So in the interest of topping up your knowledge quotient, we’ve curated a list of five must-read business books for remote teams and leaders.

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