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Business Strategy  |  Hire Smarter  |  Talent

Finding the Top 1% Talent IS Possible

Successful businesses need exceptional talent — here’s how you can hire the best There’s no question that sourcing top talent is a critical priority for businesses — one that sets the stage for success. In fact, Steve Jobs once said that “[going] to exceptional lengths to hire the best people in the world” is the “secret to success.” From driving productivity to staying competitive, much hinges on the quality of your organization’s people. Yet, attracting and retaining the type of highly skilled team members you need is notoriously difficult. Talent and skill shortages plague many industries — particularly in high-skill fields like technology and healthcare — making the talent search long and costly.

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Business  |  Crossover News  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

Crossover in 2017 [Infographic]

The year in review: hiring tournaments, co-working, and more 2017 was a big year for Crossover! We embarked on a worldwide hiring tour, increased our global talent network (now in 130 countries) by 70%, coordinated co-working options for our partners, and much more. To date, we estimate that about 7% of the global workforce has applied to our work-from-anywhere jobs, while businesses around the world hired Crossover teams of highly skilled professionals.

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Increase Productivity  |  Work Smarter

4 Tools to Find Your ‘Deep Work’ Groove & Boost Productivity

Focus more deeply and do your best work with the right digital toolbox Whether you work in an office, a shared co-working space, or at home, your time is one of your most valuable commodities — but also one of the easiest to misuse. According to one survey, 80% of us waste time at work. But the antidote to distraction is “deep work,” a phrase coined by author and Georgetown University professor Cal Newport. Newport calls deep work a rare and valuable skill: “the few who cultivate this skill, and then make it the core of their working life,” he says, “will thrive.” Because being constantly connected and interrupted has “fragmented most knowledge workers’ attention into slivers,” those who re-train their brains to work deeply will accomplish much more than their peers who can only struggle along in what Newport calls “distracted dashes.”

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Business Strategy  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Work Smarter

5 Ways Big Data Analytics Power Productivity & Profits

Businesses with big data initiatives see big benefits We’re drowning in data. Astronauts landed on the moon in 1969 using a tiny fraction of the data on personal computers today. The amount of data we’re producing and accessing is growing exponentially, projected to double every two years until 2020. At the corporate level, the vast majority of that digital information is falling through the cracks, taking valuable insights with it. Bain & Company reports that only 4% of companies make good use of data analytics — leveraging the right combination of people, tools, and data with the intent to drive improvements. Why is it smart to have a big data strategy? One workforce report analyzed seven years’ worth of research on business performance in the U.S. and sums it up this way:

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Crossover News  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

What Does Crossover Do?

Answering your questions about remote jobs and hiring with Crossover Since 2014, Crossover’s mission has been to reinvent the workplace through a flexible, global approach to work and staffing. We believe that the best talent is located all over the world and currently have a network of 2,500 team members in 130 countries. For job-seekers We connect top 1% talent from every corner of the globe with challenging, long-term remote jobs. We offer a wide range of technical roles (in software development and architecture, engineering management, quality assurance, and more), as well as positions in areas ranging from sales and finance to design and marketing. You can view our current openings here: http://bit.ly/crossover-jobs Once you join Crossover, you have the flexibility to work from anywhere or at one of our co-working sites with some of the most talented and motivated professionals in your area of expertise. Take it from some of our team members:

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Remote Work  |  Tech  |  Tools  |  Work Smarter

The Ultimate Remote Worker’s Toolkit

Expert gear recommendations from the Crossover community One of the best parts of working remotely is customizing your own workspace. Whether it’s a home office setup or a method for staying productive, you choose the tools, techniques, and atmosphere that will make you the most efficient, comfortable, and happy. Crossover’s community — more than 2,500 in 100+ countries — knows a thing or two about working remotely, from the digital nomad lifestyle to productive work routines. If they’re not taking advantage of one of Crossover’s dedicated co-working sites around the world, they may choose to work from a home office. So we asked our network of partners to share their favorite gear and tools. Here are some of their top tips and picks for working anytime, anywhere:

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Crossover News  |  Hire Smarter  |  Kiev  |  Remote Work  |  Ukraine

Crossover: Redefining the Way People Work Worldwide

Coming soon to Kiev: new hiring tournament and business forum More people are working remotely than ever before. In the U.S., the remote workforce is growing 10 times faster than any other category — 115% since 2005. With benefits for both workers and employers, it’s no surprise that flexible work models are on the rise. But it’s not always easy to find legitimate work-from-home jobs, or reliable remote workers. That’s where Crossover can help. What does Crossover do? Crossover is on a mission to redefine the workplace by connecting the best talent around the world with full-time remote jobs. We also provide businesses with remote management solutions and advanced team performance analytics through WorkSmart, our workforce productivity platform.

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Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

3 Tips for Setting Up a Home Office

The remote worker’s checklist for a productive workspace Working from home is great — no commute, no cubicles, no noisy co-workers — but remote work has its own challenges. Family, pets, TV, chores, and other distractions are just a step away, but you can resist their pull with a few strategies for designing a home office that keeps you focused and productive. 1. Separate your workspace from your living space Even if you don’t have a separate room for an office, you can create some boundaries so your work time and downtime don’t bleed together. A dedicated workspace also helps create mental boundaries: if you designate a space to “go to work,” where only work happens and no other activities, it will help give your day some structure. Even if you only have a table or a corner of a room to spare, entering that space acts as a mental trigger that it’s time to focus.

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Globalization  |  Hire Smarter  |  Tech

Top Talent Shortage? Not With This Hiring Strategy

Win the talent wars by looking globally Highly qualified, reliable talent is the holy grail of staffing — everyone wants it, but it’s hard to find or even know where to start looking. For technology companies, it doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of a global tech skills shortage. Earlier this year, Harvey Nash and KPMG published a survey of more than 4,000 CIOs and other tech leaders in 86 countries. A majority of the CIOs (62%) said a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change. Some business leaders turn to outsourcing as a stopgap, but too often this decision leads to disastrous results. Is there a better solution? First, we need to understand the causes of the tech industry’s current hiring struggles.

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Hire Smarter  |  Remote Work  |  Team Building

4 Ways to Build Trust in Remote Teams

Practical tips for smart, supportive team-building Trust is an essential building block of any successful team. Without intentional effort to encourage bonding and transparency between teammates, distributed teams can be particularly prone to assumptions and misinterpretations that break down trust. Although many remote teams seldom meet in person, some proactive management strategies can cultivate strong workplace relationships and productive collaborations.

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Hire Smarter  |  Work Smarter

The Top 2 Reasons You Should Be Hiring Teams Instead of Individuals

Teams are the future of smart, results-driven hiring Forget the “unicorn” — hiring a superstar or two won’t magically make your goals happen. That’s the problem with traditional hiring: it’s too focused on individuals.

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Brazil  |  Crossover News  |  Pakistan  |  Romania  |  Work Smarter

Working Anywhere, Together

Crossover launches co-working options in select cities There’s no denying that remote work is great, but sometimes you just want a change of pace, or someone to bounce ideas off of face to face. Co-working offers the best of both worlds — conversation when you want it, quiet when you don’t, plus high-speed WiFi, snacks and drinks, and other perks. And now, all these benefits are free for Crossover partners! Starting this month, we’re rolling out co-working options in select cities in South America, Europe, and South Asia, with more locations coming soon.

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Crossover News

The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #19

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Career Advice  |  Remote Work  |  Software Development  |  Work Smarter

3 Myths About Remote Developer Jobs

Common misconceptions about working remotely in tech—and why they’re wrong According to Stack Overflow’s 2017 Developer Survey, more than half of developers say remote work options are a top priority when looking for a new role. Yet, if you’ve never held a flexible or work-from-home job, you might have doubts about whether working remotely is a good idea. Maybe you’ve seen one too many sounds-too-good-to-be-true online job listings. Or maybe you’re just so used to going into an office that it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. We get it. Making the switch to remote work can be daunting. Let’s dig into a few common concerns:

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity

The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #18

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

Looking for a Remote Tech Job? Join One of Our Hiring Tournaments

Register for one of 8 events in August or September — both in person and online Since 2014, Crossover has been connecting technical professionals and Fortune 1000 companies for remote work partnerships. In 2017, we reached a new milestone: 2,000 partners in more than 100 countries around the globe. How did we do it? This year, hiring tournaments have been a big part of our growth. We started our international hiring tour in February and have hosted 25 tournaments in 12 countries to date.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #17

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Russia  |  Technology  |  Work Smarter

Crossover Country Spotlight: Russia

Highlighting Crossover’s community of tech professionals in Russia: meet the team and learn about local events like our hiring tournaments View the guide below or download a copy for yourself. https://www.docdroid.net/jOcOJdW/crossover-country-spotlight-russia.pdf

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #16

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Tech Jobs  |  Telecommuting

Is a Remote Tech Job Right for You?

Take our quiz to find out! Are you considering going remote? More people than ever are working from home, and saying goodbye to their commute and hello to more flexibility aren’t the only benefits. Research shows that remote workers are happier and more productive, less stressed, and have higher job satisfaction. Telecommuting may sound great, but is it a good fit for you? Take our quiz to find out:

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #15

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Romania  |  Technology  |  Work Smarter

Crossover Country Spotlight: Romania

Highlighting Crossover’s community of tech professionals in Romania: meet the team and learn about events like our hiring tournaments and Techsylvania sponsorship To view: Navigation: Click the corner of any page or use the arrow buttons at the bottom of the document frame. Zooming in and out: Click on the center of any page or use the + and –buttons at the bottom of the document frame. or Open in new window https://en.calameo.com/read/005244089abc38d2e0ae4 Want a copy for yourself? Download a PDF of the guide.

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Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Val Cavaliere

Meet Valeria. She’s a recruiting manager at Crossover. Val leads our recruiting and database search teams and has been with the company since its founding. She has also been instrumental in developing our hiring tournament initiative. After starting a family, she began looking for a remote job and found one at Google. While searching for a more challenging role, Val met Andy Tryba (Crossover’s founder and CEO) at the time he was launching the company and “immediately felt completely aligned to his vision.” Originally from Argentina, she is now based in southern Italy.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #14

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Hackathons  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Tech Jobs  |  Technology

Gamifying the Hiring Process

What we’ve learned from 22 hiring tournaments in 9 countries To view: Navigation: Click on the corner of any page or use the arrow buttons at the bottom of the document frame. Zooming in and out: Click on the center of any page or use the + and –buttons at the bottom of the document frame. or Open in new window https://www.calameo.com/read/005244089a64c4af01567 Want a copy for yourself? Download a PDF of the white paper.

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Crossover News  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

The Evolution of Tech Hiring

Crossover’s successful one-day hiring tournaments: now in-person and online May and June were big months for Crossover’s international hiring tour. May brought five more tournaments, including our first events in Hungary and Belarus. With June came some exciting new developments: our first-ever completely online hiring tournament, plus in-person events in Romania and Poland that coincided with some of Eastern Europe’s biggest tech conferences. In addition to the online tournament where participants could join from anywhere, Crossover visited eight cities in seven countries (Karachi, Pakistan; Budapest, Hungary; Sopot and Kraków, Poland; Kiev, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Moscow, Russia; Cluj, Romania). These nine events invited chief and software architects, software engineering managers (SEMs), technical product managers (TPMs), and QA engineers to test for remote roles.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #13

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Poland  |  Remote Work  |  Technology  |  Work Smarter

Crossover Country Spotlight: Poland

Highlighting Crossover’s community of tech professionals in Poland: meet the team and learn about events like our hiring tournaments and Devoxx sponsorship To view: Navigation: Click the corner of any page or use the arrow buttons at the bottom of the document frame. Zooming in and out: Click on the center of any page or use the + and –buttons at the bottom of the document frame. or Open in new window https://www.calameo.com/read/0052440894a66b561018c Want a copy for yourself? Download a PDF of the guide.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #12

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #11

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Career Advice  |  Careers  |  Increase Productivity  |  Software Engineering  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

The Drive to Succeed: 5 Promotions, 2 Years, 1 Remarkable Career

Inside Ahmad Fathy’s journey from developer to software engineering manager Ambition, drive, hustle — we see these terms listed in job descriptions, discussed by career development experts, and praised by successful entrepreneurs. But it’s rare to see them in action in such a clear and dramatic way as is evident in Ahmad Fathy’s career. Ahmad’s connection with Crossover began when he applied for a C# engineer position at enterprise software company Aurea, one of Crossover’s largest clients. Although he had passed all the qualifications for the role, it was filled before he had the opportunity to accept. Another manager at Aurea offered Ahmad a position as a SQL developer. Although it wasn’t his first choice, he had experience in this domain and saw the offer as a challenge.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #10

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Increase Productivity  |  Time Management  |  Work Smarter

Stop Wasting Time at Work: 7 Productivity Tips to Help You Get It Done

Nearly 90% of people waste time at work. Here’s how to stop. You’re probably wasting way more time at work than you think. A 2015 Forbes article by Cheryl Snapp Conner highlights the epidemic of time-wasting at work, citing a Salary.com survey where 89% of respondents said they waste time every single day. That’s a 20% increase from the previous year’s survey. According to the survey, 31% of employees waste 30 minutes daily, and another 31% percent waste a whole hour. The other 38% spend even more staggering amounts of time off-task: between two and five or more hours a day! Using cell phones, conversations with coworkers, browsing the internet, and snack breaks are among the top time-sucking culprits.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #9

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #8

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #7

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #6

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Digital Minimalism  |  Increase Productivity  |  Technology  |  Work Smarter

Digital Minimalism: Cut the Clutter

More than half of the global population uses the internet and owns smartphones. That’s a good thing, right? Not entirely. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, warns against the negative effects of living overconnected lives on his blog. In the knowledge economy, the ability to do deep work is a superpower, and digital clutter makes that kind of focused, uninterrupted work next to impossible. Just look at the some of the superheroes of the Information Age. J.K Rowling, Steve Jobs, Adam Grant, and even Mark Zuckerberg practice some form of deep work. If you’ve been following us, you probably know by now that we love deep work and follow Cal’s blog. Recently, he’s been writing about a practice he uses to eliminate distraction: digital minimalism.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #5

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  São Paulo  |  Work Smarter

The Future of Work, One City at a Time

Crossover’s brand ambassador program connects remote workers through regional meet-ups When you have a remote workforce of more than 2,000 partners spread across 100+ countries, meeting teammates in person can be tough. Crossover’s brand ambassador program aims to change that. Launched in January 2017, the initiative is picking up steam in Romania, Poland, Brazil, and China, the countries that our first cohort of brand ambassadors call home. Ambassadors are tasked with the mission of building strong relationships with Crossover partners in their country, as well as identifying potential business partners and local talent who might be interested in a position with Crossover. In other words, they’re spreading the news about Crossover’s mission to shape the future of work.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #4

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Crossover News  |  Hackathons  |  Hire Smarter  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work

Around the World in 30 Days

Inside Crossover’s April 2017 hiring tournaments in Russia, Romania, Poland, Turkey, and Egypt Crossover’s gamified, globe-hopping hiring tour has discovered a new cohort of tech talent — welcoming 90 candidates to the Crossover community in April alone. What started out as an innovative way to identify highly skilled software developers in untapped international tech hubs has grown into a full-fledged recruiting initiative. Crossover Hiring Tournaments now connect candidates with a range of remote roles (both technical and managerial), including chief and software architect, software engineering manager (SEM), and technical product manager (TPM) positions.

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Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

How to Design Your Home Office for Productivity

Practical tips for optimizing your space to work from home Working from home is great — no commute, no dress code, no noisy co-workers—but remote work has its own challenges. Namely, staying productive. Working on the couch in your pajamas is great until you realize it’s lunchtime and you’ve barely accomplished anything on your to-do list. To help you put your nose to the grindstone and keep it there, it’s important to create a space that will allow you to do your best work. We’ve put together some tips and tricks on how to design your home office space for productivity.

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #3

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Increase Productivity  |  Infographics  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

7 Ways to Stay Super Productive at Work [Infographic]

It can be tough to stay focused on the job—whether you’re working in an office or from home. We’ve rounded up seven of our best tips to help you get in the flow and do your best work:

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The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #2

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Increase Productivity  |  Tedtalks  |  Work Smarter

7 TED Talks That Inspire the Future of Work

Inspiration for finding that elusive work-life balance, boosting productivity, and reaching your goals Today’s networked world continues to transform the modern workplace every day. As company budgets squeeze and global connectivity grows, we see workers breaking out of the office. We’re seeing technology radically transform where, how, and when we work. Work doesn’t necessarily happen in an office, or from 9 to 5. The digital nomad lifestyle is now a viable career option rather than just a pipe dream. Today’s workforce works smarter, not harder.

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Cal Newport  |  Digital Nomads  |  Increase Productivity  |  Readinglist  |  Remote Work

The Crossover Coffee Break: Issue #1

Welcome to the weekly newsletter for Crossover blog subscribers Take a break from your work and join us for some piping hot news about remote work, productivity, and what the Crossover community has been up to.

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Cal Newport  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

6 Quick Productivity Tips for the Remote Worker

Snap your mind into gear, get on task, and accomplish your best work 1. Tell your mind it’s time to work Commuters have an advantage with this mental practice. Stepping off the subway or pulling into a parking lot in the morning signals to your brain that it’s time to gear up and get ready to work. If you work from home, the few steps from your bed to your desk just doesn’t cut it. Whatever your morning routine is—brewing a cup of coffee or tea, walking the dog, reading the news—engage in it fully, let your brain wake up, and then use that action as a signal to yourself that it’s time to transition into focused work time.

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Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Pakistan  |  Remote Work  |  Software Development  |  Tech

Lahore Hiring Tournament Adds Stars to the Crossover Team

Our international hiring tour makes a stop in Pakistan This week, Crossover held its fifth international hiring tournament in Lahore, Pakistan to recruit Java and Ruby chief architects for full-time remote jobs. This tournament built on the success of the first round of events held in February across Eastern Europe, which resulted in 73 new hires for chief and software architect roles. Under typical hiring processes, it would have taken about seven months to identify the same number of qualified candidates for these roles — using our gamified hiring tournaments, it happened in two weekends.

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Coding  |  Crossover News  |  Increase Productivity  |  Software Development  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

Compete Against Top Tech Professionals at the Crossover Hiring Tournaments

Compete. Win. Get Your Remote Job! Why do we need a hiring tournament? Can’t we review your resume, conduct an interview, and make a decision that way, like most companies do? Resumes are nearly 600 years old. Leonardo Da Vinci had one. Seriously, look it up. We’re creating the workplace of the future, not the workplace of 1452. Inc. suggests that “job auditions” are the future. We should know; Crossover has been conducting job simulations since day one. In fact, it’s the foundation of our talent evaluation process. And now, we’re going local. Here’s why it makes sense: You get to preview the type of work you’ll be doing, and we get to see your skills in action.

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Digital Nomads  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

8 Reasons to Become a Digital Nomad

The benefits of ditching the office for a remote job The working trend goes by several names, as do the people who take part in it: they’re known as digital nomads, telecommuters, and, perhaps most popularly, remote workers. The concept, however, remains the same across the board: with the huge strides in technology we’ve seen in the last couple decades, there is no longer a need for a physical office building. This leaves employees free to work whenever, however, and from wherever they’d like.

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Digital Nomads  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

7 Healthy Habits for Remote Workers

Tips for staying fit & focused while working from home 1. Move it With fewer workplace distractions at hand, the lone remote ranger tends to lock down on tasks. That means that it’s easier to get stuck in your chair. “Deskercize” is a great way to take a break between ultra-focused work sessions. There are no co-workers to get up and speak to, much less a break room to stand around. And sitting down for hours on end is bad for your circulation, digestion, and back. So, stand up! Run in place, or get down for some crunches or push-ups. Working your abs can help prevent back pain.

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Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Software Engineering  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

Going Global

You don’t have to be in Silicon Valley to have a career in tech The technology industry is becoming more global — both for professionals working in IT and businesses looking to hire tech talent. Recently, Crossover CEO Andy Tryba joined a panel of experts at the Going Global: Secrets of Silicon Valley event in San Francisco to share how Crossover has found success hiring software developers and engineers from all around the globe.

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Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Software Development  |  Tech  |  Work Smarter

2,000-Strong: Join the best developers in the world

You’ll be in good company as part of Crossover’s global community of tech professionals Here at Crossover, we’re on a mission to create a different kind of workplace by connecting talented tech professionals with remote jobs. Not just by getting rid of cubicles and commutes so all our team members can work from wherever they work best — but by building teams with the right combination of people and tools, then freeing them to do great work. How do we do it?

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Communication  |  Increase Productivity  |  Remote Work  |  Work Smarter

6 Communication Habits of Successful Remote Teams

How to make a virtual office work and stay connected with distributed co-workers It’s been said that communication is the “oxygen of a distributed company.” And that’s a good analogy, because remote teams must have good communication strategies to survive and thrive. Just think about all the ways that office-based teams interact with each other: there’s traditional meetings, brainstorming around a whiteboard, popping into someone’s office to ask a quick question, hashing out a tricky problem one-on-one over lunch, catching up in the break room, and many other small ways co-workers bond and interact with each other.

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Make Sure You’re Able to Do This One Thing When Applying for a Job

Resumes and interviews aren’t enough to showcase your potential Have you ever been frustrated by the task of squeezing your whole job history and all your career aspirations onto one piece of paper? Then even if your resume makes the cut, you have the challenge of making a good impression on your potential boss in just a few minutes during an interview. Let’s think for a moment about these tools that form the foundation of nearly every hiring process. The resume is thought to be a 500-year-old document invented by Leonardo da Vinci. It hasn’t changed a whole lot since then, plus employers know that details on resumes can be easily be faked (not that you would try anything like that… right?).

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Show off your coding skills at the Crossover Developer Tournaments

Code. Compete. Win. Get Your Remote Job! What are the Crossover Developer Tournaments? Pop-up hiring events coming to cities across Eastern Europe. Compete with the best developers in your city, participating in fun coding challenges for the chance to get a job offer and hiring bonus. All available jobs are remote (work from anywhere) Ruby on Rails Senior Architect and Java Chief Architect roles with Fortune 1000 software companies.

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7 Studies That Prove People Work Better in Teams

In 1976, Bela and Martha Karolyi made history when their protégé, 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 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.

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Remote Work FAQs Answered

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.

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Inside Crossover with Java Chief Architect Bart Rybusinski

Crossover CEO Andy Tryba has credited Bartosz “Bart” Rybusinski as part of the “genius behind the unbelievable results” at RideAustin. Bart, based in Łódź, Poland, has been part of the RideAustin team since the nonprofit ridesharing service launched in June 2016. It was formed as a response to Uber and Lyft shutting down operations in the Austin, Texas metro area in May — leaving many locals without transportation and drivers without jobs. Bart was hired on as the team’s Java chief architect, the highest level role available through Crossover. His and his team’s job was to ramp up as quickly as possible to fill the void — the initial goal was to develop apps for both drivers and riders that could support providing 100,000 rides within the first 100 days.

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6 Communication Habits of Successful Remote Teams

Image source: photoroyalty / Freepik It’s been said that communication is the “oxygen of a distributed company.” And that’s a good analogy, because remote teams must have good communication strategies to survive and thrive. Just think about all the ways that office-based teams interact with each other: there’s traditional meetings, brainstorming around a whiteboard, popping into someone’s office to ask a quick question, hashing out a tricky problem one-on-one over lunch, catching up in the break room, and many other small ways co-workers bond and interact with each other. The question is, how do you create opportunities for all these types of communication when your team might be spread across multiple cities, if not countries?

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Contract Work Is Becoming the New Normal in Tech

The contingent workforce, the gig economy, contractors, freelancers—whatever your preferred term for this category of workers, there’s no doubt that they’re on the rise, particularly in hiring for tech jobs. And businesses are starting to realize how these types of non-traditional hires can offer a lot of value. Traditionally, there’s been a stigma around independent workers, that they can’t get a full-time position or don’t have the skills to make it in the job market. And many companies still view the contingent workforce as a way to make some quick hires and save money, with the potential tradeoff being lower-skill workers or a lower level of work quality. However, recent research reveals that this perspective is shifting, particularly in the tech industry: companies are seeking out contingent talent to gain specialized skills and flexibility over and above cutting costs. And it’s not just the motivation that’s changing, but the prevalence. In 2016, one in 10 CIOs at smaller organizations anticipated relying on contingent staff to fill more than 75% of their team.

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Digital Transformation: What’s Behind This Tech Buzzword?

Digital technology is so much a part of our daily lives that we hardly think about it. From the smartphones in our pockets, to the Fitbits on our wrists, to the cross-platform apps we use at home and work, we’re surrounded by it. But while keeping up with the latest technology personally might be a way to impress your friends, the stakes are much higher when it comes to business. In fact, it’s a matter of survival. Technology is radically changing the way businesses operate and what it takes to survive and thrive in our digital economy. The steps that organizations must take to keep up with—and pull ahead of—their competitors in terms of technology is often referred to as “digital transformation.”

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Federico Mazzoli

Meet Federico. He’s a product manager at Crossover. Federico has been with Crossover since the company’s early days. He was introduced to product management while studying for his master’s degree in engineering management from Dartmouth College. It was there that a classmate told him about Crossover and encouraged him to apply. Federico was hired right after finishing grad school and spent his first year with Crossover embracing the digital nomad lifestyle: traveling, living, and working in more than 10 different countries, armed with just a backpack and his laptop. He’s currently based out of his hometown of Montevideo, Uruguay.

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What We Learned in 2016 about Hiring, Management & Remote Work

It’s tough out there in the corporate jungle. And often a company’s survival depends on the strength of its people. That puts a lot of pressure on business leaders to make the right staffing decisions—finding qualified talent, developing strategies to keep productivity up, making sure their teams have the right competencies to stay relevant and competitive in their industry. But competition for the best people is fierce, and economic, technological, and political changes are constantly shifting the business landscape. The results of the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey highlight the reality of this struggle: 65 percent of CIOs worldwide think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.

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New Study: Lack of Tech Talent Hurting Businesses

Is there or isn’t there a tech talent shortage? There’s plenty of debate on the subject (here’s just a sampling, with Fortune arguing for and TechCrunch arguing against). Some might describe it as not so much a talent shortage as an overblown side effect of the the tech industry’s barriers to entry and self-imposed recruiting parameters. Others might point out the tech skills gap and cite research like the 2016 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey, which found that 65 percent of CIOs think a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change. We wrote about the questions surrounding the tech talent shortage ourselves here at Crossover and suggested how employers in the tech industry might avoid the problem altogether by looking at hiring from a more global perspective. But wherever you land on the issue, it’s clear that companies are feeling the effects of not being able to source the tech talent they need, and a recent study from Indeed released in December 2016 reveals just how much.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Andrzej Dobrucki

Meet Andrzej. He’s a technical product owner at Crossover. Andrzej brings more than a decade of experience in the IT industry, having worked with large companies like Samsung and Bosch. Based in Warsaw, Poland, he discovered Crossover on a remote jobs site and says he “fell in love” with one of the positions listed. Now, as a product owner, Andrzej gets to put his experience leading projects and software engineering teams to good use. Here, he shares why it’s worthwhile to work remotely and offers some of his best tips for communicating with a distributed team.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with SEM Hussein Zahran

Meet Hussein. He’s a software engineering manager at Crossover. Hussein is originally from Cairo, Egypt, but is now based out of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. He’s been working in IT for nearly 15 years in both technical and managerial roles and discovered Crossover while searching for a remote engineering job. Here, he shares how he got started in the tech industry and gives you an insider’s perspective of getting hired at Crossover. How did you get started in the IT industry? I started to advance my technical skills in the programming field working with .NET and C# languages. This allowed me to start as a junior web developer with a small-sized development company, then I moved to [a bigger] development company in Egypt to join as a senior solution developer. What was the Crossover application process like? The application process was really a great experience. I started my process by going through a question/answer trial hosted on HackerRank.com. After passing this stage, [there was a tech trial], and to be frank, it is a must-do experience as it shows your strengths and weaknesses, and for me it was a real benefit. Thirdly, and after passing the tech trial, I got a technical interview with one of Crossover’s technical experts [followed by] a call with the hiring manager. What’s the best thing about working at Crossover? I like being part of a big family from different cultures and backgrounds. What does your work setup look like? I usually work from home, but sometimes I will go into a coffee shop to work. What are some of the challenges of working remotely? Time zone differences would be the top challenge, but that can be easily solved by making sure you’re catching up with team and client time zones. Do you have any favorite tools that help you stay productive? My favorite tool is the internet; this is the only tool that helps me do my work and communicate with my team. How do you stay connected with your teammates? Usually through communication over Skype, Slack, or Zoom.

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The Problem With Interviews and Resumes & How to Fix It

Source: photoroyalty / Freepik 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.

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

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.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Designer Viviane Gon

Meet Viviane. She’s a visual designer at Crossover. Viviane was looking for a job where she could combine work with travel and found the perfect fit in Crossover. Although she’s based in Brazil, she has the flexibility to spend time in cities like Amsterdam and New York for part of the year. She lends more than a decade of experience to supporting design projects for Crossover’s websites and apps. Here, Viviane gives us an insider’s perspective of working on a remote team and shares her tips for staying focused, productive, and connected with co-workers.

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

Source: photoroyalty / Freepik 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.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Pedro Henriques

Meet Pedro. He’s a technical sales architect at Crossover. He got an early start in programming before studying computer engineering and becoming an IT consultant. Pedro is based in Lisbon, Portugal, and discovered Crossover through LinkedIn. In addition to building teams of top technical talent at Crossover, he teaches in the Arts and Information Technologies department of the School of Communication at Universidade Lusófona in Portugal. Here, he shares how he got started in the tech industry and gives you an insider’s perspective of what a typical work day at Crossover looks like.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Rebecca Castro

Meet Rebecca. After starting out as an account manager at Crossover, she was promoted to account management team lead and now directs efforts to spread the word about how Crossover can help businesses find the best tech talent. Rebecca is based in California and discovered Crossover through a friend at Stanford University, who gave us a shout-out on social media.

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

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.

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Inside Crossover: a Q&A with Software Engineer William Huang

Meet William. He’s from Brazil and worked as a software engineer at Hewlett-Packard before joining Crossover. A former colleague at HP tipped him off about how different Crossover was from traditional office environments — no loud coworkers, no commute, the option to work from home or wherever else you like, plenty of interesting work for anyone who likes a good challenge. William was up for the challenge (and ready to ditch his office job!), so he applied and made it through the evaluation process for Crossover’s highest-level role: Java chief architect. Here, he gives you an insider’s perspective on working at Crossover and shares his best tips and tools for remote work.

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

Image source: Freepik 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.

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Why You Should Be Hiring Teams Rather Than Individuals

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.

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

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.

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Crossover Cast Profile: Alexandru Darie

As one of Crossover’s go-to graphic designers, Alexandru Darie has been with the company for almost a year, producing stellar content from his own office space in Iași, Romania. To find out more about how Alexandru juggles life and work as a contractor, we sat down with him and asked a few questions.

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5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders

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, Buffett 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.”

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Women in Tech: Why So Few?

It’s no secret that the technology industry has a problem with women. IBM reports that women make up less than 20% of the tech workforce worldwide, but this gender gap is only the tip of the iceberg. From stereotypes that discourage young women from considering career paths in computer science and IT to outright hostility in tech work environments, it’s no wonder many female tech professionals look around at meetings and conferences to find themselves the only woman in the room. In an industry that’s experiencing an unprecedented talent shortage already, tech companies can’t afford not to hire women. As June Sugiyama writes at TechCrunch, the fact that there are so few women in tech “should be alarming to an industry so desperate for talent that its hiring practices have led to much-publicized ‘talent wars’ and legal action.”

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How to Work Smarter: 3 Workplace Productivity Myths Debunked

Whether you work in an office or from home, staying focused can range from mildly difficult to downright impossible. From noisy co-workers (even if they’re your children — or cats) to the siren call of social media, there’s always something to distract. If those days where you feel like you haven’t accomplished much come around more often than you’d like to admit, you’re not alone. Consider these statistics:

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4 Quick Tips for Staying Productive On the Go

Whether you’re traveling for work or just for fun, it’s tricky to stay productive while working on the go. You never know whether you’ll have reliable internet or opportunities to charge your devices. Even the most seasoned productivity professionals struggle to keep things efficient while working and traveling. As remote workers and travel fanatics ourselves, we have put together four super-quick, super-easy tips to help you get things done. You’ll learn how to plan ahead, communicate quickly, access your files remotely, and more.

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4 Barriers to Deep Work

If you’re someone who is part of a distributed team or collaborates with colleagues remotely, the concept of deep work can have a profound and lasting effect on your productivity, job satisfaction, and work-life balance. Defining the Concept of Deep Work Cal Newport, Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University and best-selling author, defines the concept of deep work in this way:

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Taking Deep Work Remote

Do a Google image search for “remote work.” The first image to pop onto your screen probably features a deliriously happy man in his swimming trunks holding a laptop on a beach. I can’t even begin to list all the things that are deeply wrong about this. First, are you going to take your meetings in swim trunks, Mr. Remote Worker? Second, how exactly are you going to keep your laptop charged in the middle of sandy beach? Third, can you even see your screen in the glare? Fourth, why are you smiling like a maniac? I have lots and lots of questions for you, stock photo man.

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5 Time-Tracking Tools For Managing Your Remote Engineering Team

“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 effectively and efficiently. That’s where time-tracking tools come in. While there are plenty of options out there to help you manage your remote engineering team, only a handful stand above the rest. Let’s take a look.

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7 Studies That Prove People Work Better in Teams

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 doing good, it’s very good for all the individuals. So your goal should be to be part of this team, because then you will become successful.” Unsurprisingly, that was the year they won the gold medal. While people can, of course, accomplish great feats on their own, several studies have shown that teamwork boosts productivity. After all, when people work together towards a common goal, they can combine their skills, solve complex problems more efficiently, and strengthen their commitment to a positive outcome. Let’s take a look at seven studies, in particular, that prove what the Karolyis have known for decades: People just work better in teams.

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

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?

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5 Must-Read Books for Remote Teams and Leaders

  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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Women in Tech: Why So Few?

It’s no secret that the technology industry has a problem with women. IBM reports that women make up less than 20% of the tech workforce worldwide, but this gender gap is only the tip of the iceberg. From stereotypes that discourage young women from considering career paths in computer science and IT to outright hostility in tech work environments, it’s no wonder many female tech professionals look around at meetings and conferences to find themselves the only woman in the room.

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The Real Reasons CEOs Aren’t Happy With Their Engineering Teams

Tell us if this sounds familiar: You’re getting ready to launch your product or make some major updates to your system. To get this done, you need to either build a development team or patch holes on the one you already have—and you need to do it fast. In a hurry, you circulate job listings, quickly onboard new engineering hires, and get them started on a project as soon as possible. Great. Done. All set, right? Not exactly. It’s rarely that easy to find high-quality talent. And if it was, companies wouldn’t be having such a hard time building their development teams.

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Tech Talent Shortage? Not With This IT Hiring Strategy

Highly qualified tech talent is the holy grail of IT staffing—everyone wants it, but it’s hard to find (or even know where to start looking). Sure, recruiters or hiring managers can look for contractors on freelancing websites, but the quality and skill level you find on these kinds of platforms is hit-and-miss since there’s no barrier to entry or vetting process. It doesn’t help that we’re in the middle of a global tech skills shortage—the largest since the Great Recession. In May 2016, Harvey Nash and KPMG published a survey of over 3,300 CIOs in 82 countries. A majority of the CIOs (65%) had a major concern: “They believe a lack of talent will prevent their organization from keeping up with the pace of change.”

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How to Work Smarter: 3 Workplace Productivity Myths Debunked

Graphics via Freepik. Whether you work in an office or from home, staying focused can range from mildly difficult to downright impossible. From noisy co-workers (even if they’re your children—or cats) to the siren call of social media, there’s always something to distract. If those days where you feel like you haven’t accomplished much come around more often than you’d like to admit, you’re not alone. Consider these statistics: Worldwide, workers average only three productive days per week. Put another way, close to 40% of the workweek is unproductive. (Source: Microsoft) 80% of workers admit to wasting time at work, with nearly 1 in 5 wasting three hours or more per day. (Source: GetVoIP) Interruptions (and the time it takes to recover from them) consume nearly 30% of the average worker’s day. (Source: Basex) Image source: GetVoIP We clearly have a productivity problem. And it may be because we’ve been looking at productivity the wrong way. Ready for a wake-up call? Read on as we debunk three myths about workplace productivity, and keep an eye out in each section for tips for a better, more efficient workday.

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Building Culture in Remote Teams

The thought of building culture in distributed teams can be both confusing and daunting. Where do you start when you've never even met in person? While these fears are valid, we're here to tell you that it's easier than you think. We've put together a PDF outlining the ways managers can facilitate the growth of a positive company culture that will not only result in greater team satisfaction but also greater productivity and team success. In our PDF, you'll learn how communication plays an essential role in culture, and how you can tweak your team's communication style for better transparency and trust. You'll also learn ways to structure communication outside of work to strengthen culture. We've even included a few ideas for fun virtual hangouts like coffee chats, virtual trivia, and more. If you're interested in boosting your team's culture and success, check out our guide below.

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Building Trust in Remote Teams

If you're a remote manager, you've probably wondered at one point or another how you can grow trust in your team. This task can seem daunting when you only meet your teammates in person a few times a year— or never get to see them at all. Trust is an absolutely crucial element, too, of a successful team. Without trust, your communication, your workflows, your meetings, and more are held back from their full potential. However, building a tream that trusts each other and trusts you is not as difficult as you might think. We've gathered four simple strategies that you can use to boost your team's trust starting right now. In our PDF, you'll learn how to infuse trust into onboarding, into meetings, into correspondences, and more. If you're interested in growing your team's trust, and ultimately your team's success, check out our guide below:

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The 14 Fastest-Growing Remote Jobs

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Freelance Websites: Not the Best Source for Top Talent

People choose to work remotely for all sorts of reasons. Some feel remote work allows them to achieve a better work/life balance. Others choose remote work as an environmentally-conscious decision. Still others feel that they are more productive away from the stresses of a traditional office environment.

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4 Quick Tips for Staying Productive On-The-Go

Whether you're traveling for work or just traveling for fun, it's tricky to stay productive while working on-the-go. You never know whether you'll have internet, what distractions you're going to face, or whether your devices will even stay charged as long as you need them to. Even the most seasoned productivity professionals struggle to keep things efficient while working on-the-go. As remote workers and travel fanatics ourselves, we at Crosover know how far a little advice about working while traveling can go, so we've put together four super quick, super easy tips to help you get things done. You'll learn how to plan ahead, how to communicate quickly, how to access your files remotely, and more. If you're interested in reading more about doing your best work while on-the-go, check out our guide below:

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Designing Your Home Office for Maximum Productivity

At Crossover, we're all about working from home. No commute and no dress code— need we say more? However, it's not always easy to stay productive when distractions like family, pets, TV, laundry, and more are begging for your attention. Never fear, though, because we've put together 5 quick tips to help you tweak your home workspace for increased productivity. We don't want to put you off from remote work— trust us, the pros definitely outweight the cons. That's why we've put together this PDF. In it, you'll learn easy ways to to separate work life from home life, how to arrange your worspace for mood boosts and reduced stress, how to stay organized, and more. If you're interested, check out our guide below and watch your productivity take flight:

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Remote Management Toolkit

If you’re a manager, you know just how hard it can be to keep you and your team on track amid a circus of other responsibilities. Remote managers face all of that with the added difficulty of managing team members from across the world, working across time zones and languages.   If you’re a manager, you also know how rewarding it is when you and your team nail it. That’s why we’ve collected a few of our favorite articles from the past week here in a remote management toolkit to help you and your team crush this work week.

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Crossover Case Study: 6 Weeks to Soaring Productivity

We’re not afraid to say it— being a manager isn't easy. There’s plenty of information out there on management tips and tricks too, but it can be harder than you might think to navigate the vast sea of articles to find the information that acutally helps you. You might find yourself wondering whether the tips you’ve been reading have even been tested? Which sources are reliable? As productivity freaks, we at Crossover are always looking for new ways to do our best work, too. We’ve scoured the web for those management and productivity articles just like you. However, even with all of that searching under our belt, we believe the best methods are the tried and tested ones.

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Get Organized: 5 To-Do List Apps to Keep Managers on Track

Being a manager is hard. Keeping yourself on-task seems hard enough, let alone keeping a whole team productive. You might even think you don’t have the necessary training or experience to be a good manager (don’t worry, you’re not the only one thinking this). Besides training, you assume a whole new load of responsibility— which makes you busier than ever. It can be hard to identify the best way to organize your time, your tasks, your team’s tasks, and the many other things you need to get done. Many of us let our email inbox serve as our to-do list and we end up wasting precious time sifting through mail and mountains of text to find out what we need to be doing next.

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Answering the Motivation Question

When you hire a programmer to work as a part of your remote team, you expect that programmer to have the proper mindset for remote work. Namely, you expect remote workers to be largely self-motivated and goal-driven. Motivating a globally diverse team can present management challenges. However, as a manager, you know that even the most driven of team members sometimes need some help with remaining motivated. This can be especially true with remote workers. Because of their physical disconnect with your company, your job as a manager is to ensure that they do not have a mental disconnect with it as well.

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5 Barriers to Deep Work (And How to Overcome Them)

Whether you're a freelance web developer or a person who manages remote web developers and other project team members, the concept of deep work can have a profound and lasting effect on your productivity, your overall sense of satisfaction, and your work/life balance. The traditional modern office is riddled with distractions of all kinds.

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What we do: Hiring with Crossover

Transparency is more than a core value at Crossover. It’s how operate and the way we help our clients succeed. We embrace today’s networked world and create professional opportunities within it. We have no hidden catches. Crossover’s rigorous recruitment processes finds the top one percent talent on the planet. That process comes at no cost to the client. Once we find the talent, we heavily invest in our contractors’ futures and build strong company culture. Along with transparency, productivity and improvement are central to our operations. Our global talent community spans 82 countries, with country managers in our most active markets. By the time a client is presented with a Crossover team, they’re equipped with a synchronized, productive, focused and highly qualified team managed according to their precise needs. Sounds too good to be true? Let us walk you through the Crossover Journey. In the name of transparency, we'd like to share the step-by-step process we use to bring the world's best talent to build our client's strongest teams.  Know that hiring remote talent can be an affordable, successful and crystal-clear process.

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Metrics & the Remote Manager

Metrics can go a long way to inform and liberate your remote workplace when used with intelligence and care. Armed with sophisticated analytics, a manager can lead a team to increased productivity, personal satisfaction and save time and money. Metrics are also deep in the process of changing a traditional manager’s role, as performance reviews are left in the objective hands of intelligent machines rather than human subjectivity. So how do you start with managing your teams through metrics?  The answer is simple. Set up a backend means to capture data. Start creating an environment of transparency in your workplace. Got that in place already? Great. Now get smart about how you use your data. Need some tips on how to get a dashboard in place? Ask us how we can help.

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Rethinking Freelance Websites

You've heard the saying: "People who say you can't buy happiness simply don't know where to shop." Well, here's a new one for you: "People who say there's a global talent shortage simply don't know where to look." Are you finding the top talent in your field? The Evolution of the Talent Search Once upon a time (translated: "shortly after the age of the dinosaurs"), companies looking for talent operated their searches on a local level. Geography basically dictated the available talent pool. Of necessity, the teams you worked with were made up of the people who were locally present. That model worked fine, in its time. However, that time is now long gone. The Industrial Age has given way to the Information Age. No longer are talented people constrained by their geographical location. Business is now a global affair.

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Transparency is Key to Successful Remote Staffing

Each relationship in our lives is built on a set of values. One man’s partial disclosure may be another man’s white lie.  At Crossover, transparency is the core of our value system. We’re a mission-bound company set to match the best talent to the best companies in the world in an effort to bring meaningful careers and peerless productivity to every relationship we forge. We never stop trying to improve. And why should we? Your time is deeply valuable. Transparency lays the foundation for productivity when it comes to managing a remote team. The performance analytics provided by WorkSmart, a technology we built ourselves, allows employers to manage teams from virtually anywhere in the world. The system, in turn, gives employees a platform for fair, timely pay. As we all know, the best talent can be found anywhere on the globe, so why limit your company’s potential to the confines of your office?

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