I run Google TV. Here are my secrets for leading a team remotely

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Remote work isn’t going away when the pandemic ends. Here’s how to get the most out of it and avoid pitfalls along the way. Even before COVID-19 led people to turn their dining rooms into makeshift offices, remote work was on the rise. Perhaps unsurprisingly, many businesses have found that remote work makes it increasingly difficult to preserve their company culture. After all, perks such as childcare, happy hours, and social lunches don’t mean much if you’re not on-site. What’s more, remote work has the potential to throttle the kind of free-flowing collaboration and brainstorming that happens when people are in the same space. Read Full Story

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5 ways to build trust when your teams are working from home indefinitely

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How do remote managers know their people are working? And how can remote employees show their bosses that they’re getting stuff done? Here are some trust-building exercises to get through the transition to remote work. Whenever folks transition to remote work, they often ask me about accountability. How do remote managers know their people are working? And how can remote employees show their bosses that they’re getting stuff done? Read Full Story

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Combating loneliness when you live alone and work from home

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When you live by yourself and work remotely, loneliness can be a bigger risk. Here’s how to stave it off and stay connected. When the pandemic sent so many people home to work and live in the same space, living alone was already on the rise. In 2019, 28.4% of U.S. households were single-person, up from 16.7% in 1969. For some, daily interaction in the office was an important form of connection that was suddenly disrupted. Read Full Story

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Remote networking doesn’t have to be scary. Here’s how to get the ball rolling

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A well-established group of connections provides a sense of community, while reminding you of your skills and value. During today’s stressful remote work period, many people are increasingly unsure how to build, maintain, and leverage their networks to lift their careers. When working from home, all of these difficulties are exacerbated, since how do we make new contacts and stay in touch with existing ones when we can’t engage with other people face-to-face? Read Full Story

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Employee surveillance software is here to stay, even when we go back to the office

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There’s a fine line between surveillance and management, and there’s an even finer line between legitimate reasons to monitor staff and an illegal intrusion on people’s privacy. For many people, switching to work remote was a hopeful chance to escape the prying eyes of upper management. No longer would they feel pressure to act busy when bosses walked past, or feel guilty about logging into Twitter (even if it is for work purposes). But despite the physical distance, businesses are keeping closer tabs on employees than ever before. Read Full Story

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Recruiting remote workers is different. Here’s how to tackle the first step

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Attracting the strongest remote workers begins with your approach to writing a remote job description. Here are 8 things you must include. According to a new FlexJobs survey of people who have been working remotely during the pandemic, 65% would prefer to work remotely full-time post-pandemic, while 31% would like a combination of remote and in-office work. An overwhelming majority also report that they have been either more productive (51%) or just as productive (44%) working from home. Companies are taking note of the bottom line benefits of remote work and many businesses are making permanent shifts to a remote workforce. Read Full Story

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