A veteran of fully remote work shares tried-and-true tools for leading distributed teams.
“We have introduced so many frictions to people’s lives by forcing them to move.” Prithwiraj (Raj) Choudhury, the Lumry Family Associate Professor at Harvard Business School, studies the future of work — specifically the changing geography of work. What happens to cities, to immigration policies, and to issues around gender equity when more companies let people work from anywhere?
With a few more months of (forced) remote work due to the pandemic, the benefits of the distributed model have gone mainstream.
One of the best things about distributed work is that everyone gets their own corner office.
Is working from home a breakthrough for introverts? The answer, of course, is not so simple. Morra Aarons-Mele is the host of The Anxious Achiever podcast for HBR Presents from Harvard Business Review, and founder of award-winning social impact agency Women Online and its database of women influencers, The Mission List.
She’s also the author of Hiding in the Bathroom: How to Get Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home).
To learn more about Aarons-Mele’s work, go to womenandwork.org.
How Automattic’s internal blogs became the company’s reservoir of institutional wisdom and memory.
Cities don’t need to attract companies — just their employees.
Hiring from a global talent pool should also come with equitable compensation policies.
Record high-quality audio even when everyone is at home.
You can promote shared values and experiences even when your company doesn’t possess a single hallway or water cooler.
“What’s enabled by being distributed that’s more powerful?”
“I expect this will have a lasting influence on the future of work.”
Jack Dorsey emails employees with a plan for the future.
Every business finds itself in difficult situations every once in a while. How do you tackle them with a globally distributed workforce?
Our brains are optimized to process in-person communication. What happens when we need to adjust to seeing a grid of faces on a screen?
From the physical (a good lamp!) to the abstract (trust), here are the tools that can make a real difference in your distributed life.
Matt Mullenweg speaks with neuroscientist Dr. Adam Gazzaley, co-author of the book The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World, about how our brains work, particularly during times like the current pandemic. How does the brain handle internal and external stimuli, and what do we know about the effect of practices like meditation, exercise, nutrition, and sleep?
Five pointers to get you on the right path toward distributed-work success.
Matt talks gear and home-office setup on The Information’s “Out of Office” series.
As the world continues to react to the global pandemic, we want to hear from you about your work experiences. Share your stories or questions for Matt in the comments below, or you can send us a voice memo. Just use your voice memos app on your phone or computer to record your question, then […]
On a recent episode of Sam Harris’s excellent Making Sense podcast, Matt shared insights for managers and companies who are currently exploring remote work for the first time.
How to overcome the unique challenges of remote hiring when all you’ve known are in-person interviews.
The world has dramatically changed in just a few weeks. As companies around the world shift to remote work, how do we navigate this crisis? Distributed host Matt Mullenweg talks to Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author, speaker, and founder of Science of People, about how we communicate with our friends, family, and coworkers during a time when Zoom and Slack are our primary tools for understanding each other.
It’s not news that 90% of communication is non-verbal, and that nuance and subtlety are lost over written messages. Be conscious of this. With lots of our communication now written (when previously you might’ve popped over to someone’s desk) it’s good to head off the risks of such interaction with a wise interpretive principle through […]
“The hardest barrier is distraction. Part of what makes this harder is there’s so much going on in the world. You have to create space for yourself.” — Matt Mullenweg, on Laurie Segall’s First Contact podcast, with recommendations on how to navigate working from home during challenging times. Read those tips here.
Kids are already better at Zoom than the grown-ups.
How P2 changed the way we do remote work.
Key questions you should ask, and how to communicate.