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…