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Stay informed with the latest articles and blogs on remote work.

How to work with your team when you can't be readily available.

During these unprecedented times, keeping up with real-time communication (messages, emails, virtual meetings) is creating anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed for people new to working from home.

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What not to do when implementing remote: don't replicate the in-office experience remotely

Due to global issues concerning Coronavirus (COVID-19), rising rents in concentrated urban areas, and the ongoing battle amongst organizations for recruiting and retaining top talent, there has been a noted shift in appetite for working remotely.

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The 3 problems everyone has when first working remotely (and how to solve them)

In hopes of containing Coronavirus (and keeping the global economy as stable as possible), many businesses all over the world are doing their part to limit unnecessary person-to-person interactions by requiring some or all of their employees to work from home for the time being.

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The experts behind Headspace app share 7 simple ways to achieve that elusive work-life balance

Achieving career goals, juggling a hectic social life and being a doting parent: Maintaining a work-life balance is something we all strive for but many struggle to actually achieve.

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Enthusiastic Versus Experienced: What To Look For In A Remote Work Consultant

Even though teleworking has been around for almost a half-century, it has recently become a global trend, and even more recently, a global economic contingency plan.

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Remote Leaders: Marcus Wermuth of Buffer on overcommunication and isolation

How Marcus Wermuth approaches communication and dealing with the different types of isolation that come with remote work.

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Remote Work Advocates Warn Companies About COVID-19 Work-From-Home Strategies

A few months ago, 2020 was predicted to be the “year of remote work.” But even the most optimistic telecommuting advocates never anticipated the launch of the world’s largest work-from-home experiment before the end of the first quarter.

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Coronavirus ≠ Remote Work's Silver Bullet

There have been many posts lately from remote work activists who feel the Coronavirus outbreak may be the tipping point for the adoption of remote work across businesses.

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5 Habits for Crafting the Perfect Remote Work Day

The reality of working from home is rarely as rosy as it seems. From the outside, it might look like people who work from home have more self-discipline or drive than others. But I’ll let you in on a little secret.

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The Shifting State of Remote Work

For each of the last three years, Buffer has shared a research report on the state of remote work. Conducted by surveying a few thousand remote workers from around the world, the primary goal was to understand “what trends are growing across the remote work landscape?”.

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Practicing mindfulness and meditation for remote workers

Remoter met up with Michael Burkhardt, leader of the International Meditation Community in CDMX to talk about practicing mindfulness for remote workers.

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Start remote: experiences from those who’ve done it successfully

Debunking the myths that start-ups can't scale as fast if their team isn't all located in the same place, at the same time.

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Remote work & digital inclusion: a crucial relationship

There’s no doubt that remote work can help bridge the digital skills gap and foster a strong, digitally inclusive environment. Digital inclusion is more than just having internet connectivity.

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Cancel the meeting, start a thread.

Today we're launching the Threads beta — a platform designed to make work more inclusive by empowering teams to discuss and make decisions at scale. As a team grows, you start to see it happen.

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The Real Future of Remote Work is Asynchronous

I’ve been working remotely for over a decade – well before the days of tools like Slack or Zoom. In some ways, it was easier back then: you worked from wherever you were and had the space to manage your workload however you wanted.

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5 Work Culture Trends We’re Looking Out For in 2020

We think a lot about work culture at Buffer. So at the end of the year, it’s always an interesting exercise to think on how the work world has evolved and the work culture trends we see on the horizon. Here are five of our predictions for 2020.

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State of Remote Work 2020

When some people think of the workplace of the future, they envision futuristic-style holograms having a meeting or robots cooking lunch for everyone in the office.  

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The Value of Better Communication

It’s the telephone network. Over 5 billion people have mobile phones today, giving them the power to communicate instantly with almost anyone else in the world. The global email network isn’t far behind.

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State of Remote Work 2020

While in the following sections, we try to propose some solutions to the various challenges of working remotely, a good place to start is to listen to the voices of the many remote workers who are already living this lifestyle.

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Evening emails 'overwhelm working parents'

More parents now feel under pressure to check their work emails in the evening, according to a report. The 2020 Modern Families Index found that 44% of parents check their emails or do other work at night.

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Remote To The Rescue: How Virtual Jobs Are Saving The World

If I see one more picture of a remote worker on a beach with a laptop, I’m going to scream.

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From office-based to remote

This is a story of one brave soul who joined our remote team from the office-based corporate world, illustrating how he coped with the mindset change and why he’s never looked back.

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Remote Work Is How Tech Companies Can Increase Diversity

Tech companies embraced the diversity train in a very public manner in 2014, when the release of the first diversity reports set off a wave of calls for change. Arguably, not much has changed in the last five years.

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The 15 best US cities if you're looking to work from home and be your own boss in 2020

Employees may be trading in conference rooms and cubicles for coworking spaces and coffee shops as more companies move to offer flexible and remote work options.

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Why Investors and Disruptive Companies Embrace Remote Work

In the past, there were very few investors open to investing in all-remote companies. Despite the many advantages associated with the remote work concept...

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If remote work isn't working at your company, don't blame employees — look to managers instead

Remote work — either full-time or the occasional work from home day — is appealing for many employees. Working from home can cut out commuting time and expenses, enable people to more easily balance their family and work duties, and even increase productivity. 

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The Checklist.

More and more people are wanting to work remotely. As a leader, how can you say yes and be confident that your teams will be successful?

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The Remote Work Report by Zapier

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.

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Offer Remote Working Or Prepare To Lose Your Best Staff, Survey Warns

Remote working may no longer be an optional perk for companies that want to keep talented staff. More than a quarter (26%) of U.S.

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Remote working: Is it as good as we think?

Australian companies are embracing remote work. But how many are getting it right? When technology moves faster than regulation and industry practices, there can be tough questions for managers and confusing choices for jobseekers.

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Remote working has mixed effect on wellbeing, stress and productivity

Nuffield Health has released a review of remote working and its impact it on companies and their staff.

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Remote Work Trends According to US Census Data

Remote work has been top of mind for many companies recently, and technology managers are increasingly looking for analytical ways to motivate hiring remote team members. The remote community is responding in force.

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Utah's pilot teleworking program for state workers saving time, money, emissions and stress

Citing taxpayer savings and increased productivity, Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox says the state will expand remote working to an additional 2,500 state government workers.

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Asynchronous Communication: The Real Reason Remote Workers Are More Productive

Study after study after study into remote work has made one thing clear: Remote workers are more productive than their office-bound counterparts. What’s not entirely clear is why.

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Why Remote Work Doesn't Have To Be Difficult

One of the main reasons remote work is becoming more achievable is because of the evolution of technology and its deep integration into virtually all business disciplines.

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These are all the ways that remote working is stressing you out

It's important that companies adapt and put the right policies in place to ensure their employees feel part of the team and don’t burn out.

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When It Comes To Employee Engagement, There’s No Place Like Home

National Flex Day just happened for the seventh year in a row and I’d say it’s pretty clear that flexployment is here to stay.

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How HubSpot’s remote teams stay seamlessly connected

How the wildly popular brand for curly-haired people broke loose from the inbox

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When it’s done right, remote can improve employee productivity, creativity and morale.

More than 26 million Americans—about 16% of the total workforce—now work remotely at least part of the time, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor.

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The Boundaryless Era: the Time for Distributed Teams

When Bill Hewlett and David Packard founded HP in 1947, it made logistical and fiscal sense to have all their workers housed under one roof. Ditto for Apple.

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This $2.75 Billion Company Employs Only Remote Workers. Here's How It Works

GitLab was never intended to be an all-remote company. Things just worked out that way. When it launched in 2012, the tech business comprised only CEO Sid Sijbrandij, working at home on his computer in the Netherlands.

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Why Are Physical Workplaces Still Important In The Era Of Remote Work?

With remote work becoming more popular, why are physical workplaces still important? originally appeared on Quora: the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.

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Making The Case For Remote Work

I’ve been a digital nomad for a long time. In the 1990s, I began using one of the first wireless modems while publishing a technical newsletter and working on computer books.

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The Future of Work is Distributed, But Not Easy. One Company Shares Their Playbook.

CEO and co-founder of Zapier, a workflow automation tool used by over four million people to connect the work apps they use every day. I periodically hear VCs say that they’d never fund distributed startups.

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Remote vs Distributed Workforce – An Overview

As technology grows, so does our ability to stay connected without the need for immediate proximity. Are terms Remote and Distributed interchangeable?

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Remote with Andrew Gobran at Doist

For this very first "People Talks" interview, Humaans.io sat down with Andrew Gobran at Doist to talk about remote work.

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How remote work is quietly remaking our lives

From their ersatz offices in coffee shops, coworking spaces, and living rooms, a growing number of remote workers are quietly remaking the way we work and live.

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New Harvard Research Says It's Time to Let Employees Work From Anywhere

The idea of working remotely has been more than bubbling on the back burner. It's at boil status, and the ability to work from home well is one of the hottest job skills going. The pot may be about to overflow, and the out-of-office move is about to go mainstream.

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The Remote Working Survival Guide: 5 Tips

Remote working seems to be all the buzz. Apparently, 70% of professionals work from home at least once a week. Similarly, 77% of people work more productively and 68% of millennials would consider a company more if they offered remote working.

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How to Achieve Work-Life Balance Working Remotely

One of the biggest perks of remote work is greater flexibility. With the ability to work from anywhere, remote workers can take advantage of this by traveling, working from a coffee shop, or simply working from home instead of the office.

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Who needs an office? Companies ditch headquarters and connect workers remotely

Sometimes it’s maddening. Sitting in traffic, or enduring interminable Red Line delays, only to get to the office and do pretty much the same thing you could do at home — only with more people around. And better lunch options.

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How to Bounce Back from a Productivity Slump When You Work Remotely

If you’ve ever worked from home for more than 6 months, you’ve likely experienced a work from home slump. Precisely because remote work is so coveted — it can feel like a “first world problem” to suddenly find yourself lonely, unmotivated, or unproductive when working from home.

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Remote Work Is the Future of Work

There are countless opportunities for innovative startups to digitize the many advantages of being there in person. Remote work is an early-inning trend for enterprises and SMBs, bringing with it the demand for a new generation of enabling technologies.

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The 16 Best Slack Bots for Remote Workers

The life of a remote worker can be tough. How can you get to know everyone on your team and stay in touch when you don't see them every day? Over 19% of respondents described loneliness as their biggest struggle with remote working.

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Choosing a tool for your remote team in 2020

Whatever your work looks like now, get ready for it to drastically change in the next decade. With all the new remote tools currently underway and more teams than ever switching to a remote structure, it’s safe to say communicating in 2020 will be very different.

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How to design a productive routine when you work remotely

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 struggle remote workers have: unplugging after work.

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Working Remotely? Nine Ways To Convert Loneliness Into Excellence

I’ve had conversations this week with several young freelancers about their experiences working remotely.

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Study: Remote Workers Are Happier, Stay in Their Jobs Longer, and Work More Hours Than On-Site Employees

In recent years, businesses increasingly have offered remote work arrangements to keep employees happy and productive. Now, a new study has quantified just how appreciative remote workers really are--and how much your company stands to benefit. Video conferencing company Owl Labs surveyed 1,200 U.

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How 5G will reinvent “working from home”

It’s 10:00 am. Do you know where your employee is? No doubt they are working—somewhere.

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10 Million Users - One Fully Remote Team

Across the globe, more than 3 billion people are active social media users engaging with content on more than 120 social media sites. How is a digital brand, (or any brand for that matter) supposed to keep up and keep these users engaged? Communication and collaboration.

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Thanks for reading the 2019 State of Remote Work report!

How employees across the United States think about working remotely, hybrid and remote team management, meetings, and more.

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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.

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Why Remote Work Can Help Bridge the Hiring Gap, Especially for Rural Professionals

The current job market tilts heavily in the job seeker’s favor, with a historically low unemployment rate, more open jobs than professionals to fill them, and more people quitting their jobs than any time in the last 17 years.

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Remote Workforces Need Culture Too

Chief Technology Officer at Lifesize, leading engineering and development of cloud-based video conferencing and meeting room systems.

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More people are working remotely, and it’s transforming office design

Working remotely is the new normal—and the increasing numbers of employees who work from home are, paradoxically, changing the nature of office design.

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The growing trend of remote culture

These days, most of us work remotely in some way. Perhaps you work from home once a week, answer calls on the bus, or even read emails on the toilet (don’t act like you haven’t).

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A new study shows just how beneficial remote working can be

Companies that let their workers decide where and when to do their jobs increase employee productivity, reduce turnover, and lower costs.

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New Ways To Work Remotely, Save Money And Reduce Stress

Fed up with living in an expensive city or community?

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Why remote work has grown by 159% since 2005

Nearly 5 million Americans are now a part of the remote workforce, according to a Global Workplace Analytics and FlexJobs report.

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Why everyone loves remote work

Remote work isn’t just here to stay, it’s becoming the new norm. A way of working that people love and strive for.

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The future of remote work is happening now. Here's how to make it work for you

The State of Remote Work Report indicates that 90 percent of remote workers plan to keep working remotely for the rest of their career.

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State of remote work

The State of Remote Work is Buffer's annual report that showcases the world of remote workers and seeks to understand them.

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Productivity over visibility.

The following two stories sum up the problematic relationship with work. Bob gets into the office at 8am and leaves at 7pm, he replies to email anytime of the day or night, evenings and weekend.

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Why companies should let employees work remotely and travel more

"While working remotely and employee volunteer programs are both on the rise, there are still many companies and leaders that haven’t realized the value of letting your employees commute less and travel more, especially for social good,”

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Access from all areas as remote working blooms

If being passionate about your job and having laughs along the way is key to success, then Steven Kinvi has it cracked.

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Podcasts

Listen to the best remote work discussions.

Enlighten interviews - Ready for Remote

Following the launch of Ready for Remote, Gary Walker & Matthew Goddard are joined by Alex Roberts and Stephen Gruber, who share their journey coming from a corporate world to a remote one.

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Deep dive into remote work with Hiten Shah

James and Hiten talk about the research Hiten's just posted and dive into the topic of remote work including the pros, cons, and tips to get the most out of the trend that seems is here to stay.

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How Buffer meets up

On this episode, Carolyn Kopprasch of Buffer talks about the kind of work that gets done during this time, helping introverts manage energy during an intense week, and her favorite parts of Retreat.

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Videos

Watch the latest videos showcasing how to get Ready for Remote.

Should I trust my team to work remotely?

Why work doesn't happen at work

Famous Coliving Space for remote workers

How to build your business while working remotely?

Remote work options you need to know about

Remote work: everything you must know 2019

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