My first job working remotely was a case of fortuitousness - I had brunch with someone visiting town and casually mentioned I was looking into making better use of my journalism degree. The day after, my brunch date ended up offering me a job for their US-based company. I didn't have to move for the … Continue reading [Explainer] How an Employer of Record Affects You as an Employee
Whether we call it remote working, work from anywhere, or more simply, work from home, the move away from the office as the primary place for labour is here to stay. For that reason, it’s more important than ever to focus on making it an effective and streamlined model of working. We have written about … Continue reading A guide to working from home in Ireland 🇮🇪
The ability to work from home, wherever in the world this may be, is here to stay. In some small way, it's the silver lining to a difficult pandemic, which forced people and companies around the world to experiment with a form of work that may have felt uncomfortable, or not feasible previously. And now … Continue reading A guide to working from home in New Zealand 🇳🇿
When Tammy Bjelland, Founder and CEO of Workplaceless, and I first exchange emails in late February about the topic that we should concentrate on for this article, we agree on the theme of alignment in hybrid teams. Workplaceless, which she founded in 2017, has been focusing on this topic of late given that they know … Continue reading The Art of Remote Team Alignment
In this exclusive interview for the Boundless blog, John Riordan, Director of Support, Ireland at Shopify shares what he has learned about succeeding as a remote company, what keeps a remote workforce happy and engaged, and how to scale it.
I have dealt with a fair share of uncomfortable moments throughout my career. I once had to lay off quite a few people due to circumstances outside of my control. It felt awful. But once I closed my computer and looked through the window, I could still see an ordinary world outside. My children were with friends; my parents weren't locked in their house for days on end; I could meet a friend for a drink or have dinner in a restaurant with my partner. Even though I had done what's arguably one of the toughest things a People Ops leader individual has to do, I could heal through the sense of normalcy around me. We have lost all that now so how do we cope?
We have just entered some of the most bizarre times of our personal and professional lives. We are all being asked or forced to make changes we could previously never have imagined. How businesses operate and adjust as a result of social distancing in this new reality is drastic. Leaders and managers that may have never worked remotely and away from their teams need to quickly learn how to manage performance without being in the same place as their employees for the foreseeable future.
For most companies, going partially or fully remote is a conscious choice. They either start remote from the very beginning or make a transition that allows them to refigure how they work when not everyone is sharing the same office. As I write this, having just joined Boundless, governments around the world are urging companies to adopt this model of working due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Here is how to make remote work for you.