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The 2-Word Trick That Makes Small Talk Interesting

I was at a house party, on my own, sticking close to the table that held the drinks and the charcuterie display. Because I hardly knew anyone, I was tempted to hunker down on the couch with a cold glass and a full plate and go through emails on my phone.

Medium 2019-12-10

Head of Remote at AngelList: What Work Looks Like in the Future

Andreas Klinger is the Head of Remote at AngelList, and previously part of the founding team of Product Hunt. In this conversation, Andreas and Anthony Pompliano discuss the future of work, the rise of remote work, best practices for managing remote teams, and a list of...

Working as a Remote Product Designer from far far away

As far as I remember, I always wanted to fulfill my life with adventures and purposes. The latest company I worked with, Heetch, gave me the opportunity to combine two of my greatest wishes: bloom as a Product Designer, and doing it while discovering the World.

Medium 2019-12-10

Pointless work meetings 'really a form of therapy'

Meetings at work should be seen as a form of "therapy" rather than about decision-making, say researchers. Academics from the University of Malmo in Sweden say meetings provide an outlet for people at work to show off their status or to express frustration. Professor Patrik Hall...

BBC 2019-12-03

We were supposed to be living in pod houses

Pretend it’s the ’60s and you’ve been tasked with building the house of the future. You might ask yourself, What’s the most futuristic thing imaginable? Space. Who lives in space? Aliens. What do their houses look like? Flying saucers. And so your prediction might look a lot like...

The Outline 2019-12-03

Will the office be obsolete by 2030?

Remote work isn't niche anymore—it's everywhere. Anyone who frequents a coffee shop knows that. At this point, companies of all sizes are implementing remote work policies. A number of forward-thinking companies have quietly grown to hundreds—sometimes thousands—of completely...

Zapier 2019-11-26

Remote Work - Asynchronous Communication

Recently I’ve started a new role at a company where we are all working remote. While we are remote, some of the other companies we are working with are not, so I started thinking about what makes you able to work remote. I’d like to pass on some of what I think makes you a better...

Medium 2019-11-26

Should You Work Remote as a Designer?

Workers are seeking a better work-life balance and an option to work on a more flexible schedule rather than the standard 9–5. Designers need to do a lot of collaboration with their co-workers, and communication is essential to get the results. So is it possible to work remotely?

Product Disrupt 2019-11-26

10 things about remote facilitation we wish we’d known sooner

For many, facilitating a meeting or a workshop may seem like a dreadful task. Facilitating a remote workshop – even more so. There’s something inherently challenging about not being in the same room with your team. You can’t really revert to small talk when the atmosphere gets...

MicroBlog 2019-11-19

Remote work is more than a job perk—for people with chronic illness, it’s life changing

Remote work is so much more than just a job perk for digital nomads. Going to an office daily isn’t a possibility for some people. Their minds are fine, but their bodies don’t cooperate. Remote work allows people who are chronically ill to have full time jobs & excel in them....

Medium 2019-11-19

I Thought Wilderness Was A Place To Find Myself, Until I Spent Four Months Living In It

My first forest fire was a mushroom cloud blooming in the rearview mirror of a pickup truck. The driver, a ranger named Joe, was unfazed. The US Forest Service named it the Two Bulls fire, the inaugural spark of the summer of 2014, burning an area of Oregon forest about half the...

BuzzFeed News 2019-11-12

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please

A German entrepreneur named Lasse Rheingans has become a subject of attention since The Wall Street Journal recently reported on a novel idea he has put in place at his 16-person technology start-up: a five-hour workday. Mr. Rheingans is not just reducing the time his employees...

The Manager’s Schedule Is Holding Back Remote Work

For some, the idea of working remotely is equivalent to laying around, watching Netflix (while working, of course), and going to happy hour by 3 p.m. For others, they can’t imagine driving into the office, being constantly interrupted, and leaving at the end of the day without a...

Medium 2019-11-12

I Just Took the World’s First 20-Hour Flight. Here’s What It Did to Me

I’ve just endured the world’s newest longest flight, a 16,200 kilometer (10,100 mile), nonstop ultra-marathon from New York to Sydney. It took about 19 and a half hours, and was almost as demanding as that sounds. The record-breaking Qantas Airways Ltd. flight touched down early...

Bloomberg 2019-11-05

Digital Nomads: The Big Picture

A comprehensive look into the lifestyle where you travel and work your way around the globe. While browsing YouTube, I came across Conni Biesalski and Chris the Freelancer. They identified as Digital Nomads and their videos give deep insight into their daily lives. They cover a...

Medium 2019-11-05

What has the road looked like for you during your rise to being a digital nomad?

I just wanted to thank everyone for commenting on their experiences. I'm looking forward to working hard and really needed some inspiration to keep going. It's been a challenge to develop my web dev skills and trying to get good enough to work remote. But I am bound and...

Reddit 2019-11-05

What a Compulsive Email Habit Does to Your Mind and Relationships

Every morning when I wake up, I roll over and check my email. Usually there’s nothing that can’t wait: some press releases about new studies, the occasional email from an editor, and plenty of spam. The checking is a compulsion I’ve adopted in the past several years — one that...

Medium 2019-10-29

Out of Office

Most employers want you to be in "in the office." They want you sitting at your desk, looking at your screen, tapping on your keyboard. You have to show up to meetings. People expect you to answer your email. But all that changes when you go to a conference. When you go to a...

Justin Jackson 2019-10-29

Overcoming Jet Lag - After Years of Travel, My 5 Tips to Minimize Jet Lag

After years of long-term travel, I have yet to find a way to fully avoid feeling the effects of jet lag. Colleagues have said that they barely notice changes to their circadian rhythm, and long-term travel leads to more of the same. But my own body is different. As an insomniac...

Legal Nomads 2019-10-29

You’ve landed your dream design job - now what?

You’ve landed that dream design job after all those interviews! This may even be your second or third offer. In either case, good on you for coming this far. The hard work paid off and the tables have turned. Before you accept the offer, do some homework to set yourself up for a...

UX Collective 2019-10-22

The Freelance Life

Freelancing is a compelling opportunity for skilled professionals who are seeking independence and a greater connection to the value they can create for a business. It can be a lucrative, exciting, and exhausting pursuit. We’ve put together some insights to help you be a happier...

Side Supply 2019-10-22

How Remote Work Impacts Employees With Disabilities

“Just getting off of a bus, I stepped out into a pothole because I wasn't able to navigate the whole walking thing well, and I ended up breaking my ankle.” Matthew Ramir is a senior developer at Bounteous, a digital consultancy, who lives with cerebral palsy. This story is from a...

Angel List 2019-10-22

Open Offices Are a Capitalist Dead End

What was We thinking? That’s the only question worth asking now about the clowncar start-up known as The We Company, the money-burning, co-working behemoth whose best-known brand is WeWork. What’s a WeWork? What WeWork works on is work. The We Company takes out long-term leases...

The Most Important Question in a Job Interview, and How to Answer It

You’ve done everything you can to nail this interview. You trawled obscure parts of the company’s website and absorbed its social media feeds. You arrived 15 minutes early for the interview (the perfect amount of time, according to experts). In answer to the dreaded question...

Medium 2019-10-15

Why you should have a side project

I often advocate people surrounding me to build their own side projects. I believe they can fulfill you in so many ways: for your career, your relationships, or your independence. Buffer, the company I currently work for, was itself a side project. I’ve built myself multiple side...

Eric Khun 2019-10-15

Three Hard Realities of Remote Working & Freelancing

I believed in the stories. You know what I’m talking about, and if you’re a freelancer, remote worker, or digital nomad, then you believed in it too. You too probably heard about the crazy lifestyle that seemed unbelievable. The life of working from home in your pajamas,...

Medium 2019-10-08

How To Scale A Remote Team Without Losing Your Grip On The Reins

The remote work trend is growing by the day. In a recent survey from Buffer, 99% of respondents said they want to work remotely at some point in their careers, and 95% would recommend it to others. What’s more, 91% of businesses reported that they intend to support it, an...

Forbes 2019-10-08

How to design a productive routine when you work remotely

The biggest difference between remote work and co-located offices is where work happens. According to our State of Remote Work survey for 2019, 84% of remote workers work from their home. That means that most of us work and live in the same place. This results in the biggest...

Fast Company 2019-10-08

Ask HN: Cons of Being on a Remote/Distributed Team?

I know there are plenty of benefits of working remote such as flexibility. I would love to know about some of the issues you face and how you/your company works to address them.

HackerNews 2019-10-01

Company Socializing Has Become Work

In the era of the virtual office, when even workers who are physically present often wall off their senses with oversized headphones and rely on Slack to chat with colleagues sitting in desks next to them, forced fun at the corporate level may represent the last, best hope for...

Young People Are Going to Save Us All From Office Life

When Ariel Coleman, 28, quit her last job, as a project manager in the corporate office of a bank, it wasn’t because her new employer offered her a raise, a different role or more seniority. “The work-life balance is just much better,” she said. At her new company, Omfgco, a...

Why I quit my day job researching happiness and started cycling to Bhutan

I’d had enough. It was October 2017, and I’d been wondering what the point of my job was for far too long, and while I’m sure there was something meaningful somewhere and to someone in what I was doing day-to-day, it had certainly lost meaning for me. For all the good that...

The Conversation 2019-09-24

To Do Better Work, Change Your Environment

On the first day of his new job at Pittsburgh Municipal Hospital, Jonas Salk was introduced to his office: a basement laboratory, 40 by 40 feet, next to a morgue. According to reports, the researcher would put in 16-hour days — even on weekends — to work on a polio vaccine. But...

Medium 2019-09-24

Underpopulated Italian region offers visitors €25,000 to move in

An underpopulated region in southern Italy is offering newcomers €700 per month for three years to live in one of its villages. There are a few catches, however: the village must have fewer than 2,000 residents, and the newcomer must pledge to open a business.

The Guardian 2019-09-24

A Day in the Life of a Mom in Tech

Here at Infinite Red, we are very vocal about the many perks of remote work. One of the biggest for many of us is extra time with our loved ones since we can work at home. After I had my daughter, this manifested as an extra three months after my three-month official maternity...

Infinite Red 2019-09-17

The Draw of the Faroes

The grey flannel fog sat on its little cat feet and hid the tops of the hills from the sky and the rest of the island, isolating valleys from their neighbours. Even though it was cold and wet, drizzle hung in the air, suffocating us as it blew in from the tunnel and out again...

Side Tracked 2019-09-17

Why Finland leads the world in flexible work

The Nordic nation has embraced agile hours for decades. It’s a style of work well suited to the country’s deep-rooted culture of trust, equality and pragmatism.

BBC 2019-09-10

An Owl Labs Engineer’s Remote Work Manifesto

You already know we at Stack Overflow are big fans of remote work. Today we’re featuring a post by a friend at Owl Labs; it’s a great argument in support of remote work, and Owl Labs, whose mission is to improve collaborative meetings for remote employees everywhere, is holding a...

Stackoverflow 2019-09-10

10 Things No One Tells You About Working from Home, Straight From People Who Do It

There are plenty of reasons to work remotely. Working from home means increased productivity, flexibility, and control over your life. It also means you can prioritize your health (hello, naps!), better manage being a working parent, and finally ditch your time-sucking commute.

Skillcrush 2019-09-10

The Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others

The most important things in life are internal not external. “The big question about how people behave,” says Warren Buffett, “is whether they’ve got an inner scorecard or an outer scorecard. It helps if you can be satisfied with an inner scorecard.” To make his point, Buffett...

Farnam Street 2019-09-03

The Art of Waking Up Earlier Than Everyone Else

A few weekends ago, I drove to Vermont with my best friends from college. We studied at a small college in the Green Mountains, and adore the landscape and community. We planned to swim, hike, drink good beer, and eat lots of maple creemees. We’d only be there for one full day,...

Human Parts 2019-09-03

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected. “I tried to register for the 2016 election, but it was beyond the deadline by the time I tried to do it,” a man named Tim,...

BuzzFeed News 2019-09-03

9 Ways to Be a Better Remote Designer

As many companies start to come around to the benefits of a distributed workforce, remote design opportunities are popping up right and left. It’s an amazing time to be a designer because it’s possible to freelance and be a digital nomad or work for your dream company—whose... 2019-08-27


I spent the last two years freelancing. I worked part-time with a lot of different companies. I ran my own businesses. I had a few side hustles. I started a podcast. It was all very millennial.

Medium 2019-08-27

Being Happy Is Hard Work

Like many people, I struggle semiregularly with depression — or, as David Foster Wallace so fittingly called it, The Bad Thing. It doesn’t define me, but it does flare up from time to time, a swamp creature rearing out of my mind’s chemical pulp. Recently, amid a surge of badness...

Human Parts 2019-08-27