Janie Kliever

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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 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.

Women in Tech: Why So Few?

Published on October 12, 2016 By Janie Kliever

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.

Tech Talent Shortage? Not With This IT Hiring Strategy

Published on August 22, 2016 By Janie Kliever

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.”

How to Work Smarter: 3 Workplace Productivity Myths Debunked

Published on August 19, 2016 By Janie Kliever

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...

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