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New Study Shows Remote Workers Gain Respect From Office Dwelling Peers

videoIf you’re like us working hard for the money from the comfort of your own home (or nearby coffee shop), you’re not alone. And now, according to a new study, you’re getting some respect.

The perception, as you’re probably aware, surrounding working from home means you can take that two-hour lunch break! Afternoon strolls to the nearest museum! Workouts at 10 a.m.!

Alas, if only it could be that simple. In fact, it’s often quite the opposite as there aren’t clear boundaries as to when the day physically begins or ends as it’s 2:51 p.m. and you realize you haven’t go Read more

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Calling All Freelancers! New Site Connects Independent Contractors With Available Desks

video interviewIf you are working from home right now, you’re not alone. Well, technically you are alone but countless freelancers are doing it, too. How about a coffee shop? The local library? Our options are endless but when it comes to finding coworking space in an actual office, things can get expensive.

According to a piece by The New York Post, a new site has launched to connect freelancers with open desks. Consider deskcamping like Airbnb for freelance folks. It was launched in December and offers something a bit more unique for freelancers. Instead of having to rent office space by the month, the site lets companies rent free desks by the week or even by the day. Read more

New Study Shows Employees Working From Home are Happier & More Productive

work from home2If you’re working from home and enjoying it more than the office, you’re not alone. A recent study conducted by Stanford University indicated when employers allow their workers to work from home, they’re ultimately happier, less likely to quit and more productive.

Call center employees were given the opportunity to work from home, researchers noticed people at home made 13.5 more calls compared to their cubicle counterparts. They also quit 50 percent less than office dwellers and revealed they were “much happier” on the job. Read more

Four Tips to Working Outside

Spring fever, anyone?

If rising temps get you excited to perhaps take your laptop outside and work, you’re not alone. That said, not all environments are created equal and working outside may bring its own set of challenges. A piece in The Atlantic pointed out some tips we simply have to share.

1. Start slow. After all, it is only April. Over the next few months you’ll be able to fine tune your ability to work outside but first start with a location that’s nearby.

Maybe visit your patio, backyard, a park bench or an outdoor seating area at your local cafe. In the piece, Jen Doll advises, “Choose a place, or a stoop, or a balcony, something near enough to your home or other facilities that you can easily go inside to use the bathroom, get a drink, or take a break for lunch. If you journey further out, bring the items you think you may need with you.” Read more

Yahoo! Issues New Policy & Bans Working From Home

Wait, what?

Is it 2013 or more like 1993?

According to an internal memo published by AllThingsD, a new policy implemented at Yahoo! on Friday requires all of its employees who work remotely to work on site at the company’s premises instead.

As per the piece, the memo from Jackie Reses, head of HR, explains, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

The memo continued:

“To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home. We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Per the piece, move will impact several hundred employees but apparently the new policy applies to staffers who may work from home one or even two days a week.

Changes will officially occur this June. So what happens if employees don’t like it? Well, everyone must comply or quit.

It sounds like there was quite a bit of backlash mainly because they accepted their job offer in the first place under the assumption flexibility to work remotely was an option. One outraged employee told AllThingsD: “Even if that was what was previously agreed to with managers and HR, or was a part of the package to take a position, tough…It’s outrageous and a morale killer.”