The remote workforce has gone global. Seventy percent of workers telecommute at least once per week, while 53 percent of employees work in the office at most half the week, according to a recent study from IWG. Even more fascinating, a Citrix study estimates that 50 percent of the workforce will be completely remote by the end of 2020. Such numbers shape the remote work trends for the next period.
Every year on the 8th of March we celebrate the women in our lives. We honor both their accomplishments and the struggles to achieve equality. In this article we will focus on women in tech and learn how the technology industry has come a long way in the past years.
In the early days when you’re laying the ground for your startup, the founder or co-founders and the core team do whatever it takes to make it work. You are a funny mix of engineering, testing, marketing and the ultimate sales machine
One of the most basic necessities of any workplace is proper communication. In today’s world that runs on a hectic schedule, where every productive minute counts, the ability to instantly communicate has been a boon for the global work scenario. However, even in our fast-paced lives, writing etiquette can sometimes make all the difference between successful and unsuccessful communication. Let’s find out how chat and email etiquette can enhance our written communication and get us where we want.
These days everyone wants to be an entrepreneur and launch a startup. It’s cool to be your own boss, wear the same clothes to work every day, have a ping-pong table in the fun room, and brainstorm with your team over pizza at 3 in the morning.
Still, there is a huge gap between the way people picture the startup life and the actual reality. In fact, the gap is so big, you can easily call it a chasm. Multiple factors have created it and continue to widen it every day:
The media that glorifies highly successful founders, yet says little about the rest of them, which in fact represents the majority
The pot full of gold that people dream of finding at the end of the rainbow, i.e. a startup turned unicorn
Blockbusters that make you want it even more
Let’s take all these urban legends out of the way, even if it’s just for a second. The picture is not so bright anymore, right?
As fast-paced and technology driven as the modern workplace might be, distractions and interruptions still manage to keep us still, slowing down our productivity. “Friendly” notifications that pop up everywhere and at any time, teammates who constantly ask for help or feedback, the continuous battle for balance between being able to do our job and working together with the team for a common purpose — known as teamwork — all that puts enormous pressure on our work and focus.
People often wonder how startups can survive when they don’t have anything to sell. The product or service is just a glimpse of an idea, or better yet, a few lines of code written on a night of inspiration. What does it take to start with a dream, build a whole reality upon it and stay strong along the way?
Every team has its own needs. Take the software industry for example. One team is coding, another is testing, while others are cooking up a marketing campaign. We know from experience that these simply don’t mix. That’s why it’s so useful to use Topics to keep your teams’ communication and collaboration focused on what matters.
It starts with an innocent tap on the shoulder — a colleague asks a brief question about an upcoming deadline. No big deal, right? Two conversations and four emails later, you’ve officially wasted almost an hour.
I’m not here to tell you the story of how companies big and small fail to acknowledge the importance of using proper collaboration tools. The cat is out of the bag and has been for years. The market simply isn’t mature enough to take the plunge. What I want to share with you today is the typical scenario where office hours become pure chaos due to simple distractions like the one mentioned above. I’m 100% sure these will strike a chord with fellow office workers far and wide.