Vanessa Van Edwards on Navigating the Virtual Workplace in Stressful Times

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.More

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Written Communication Tip: Assume Positive Intent

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…More

How to Establish Routines in a Crisis

“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.More

U.S. Federal Employees Lose Remote Work Perk

Despite the rise of distributed work across the corporate world, the Trump administration is pulling back. In a departure from the previous president’s move toward distributed work, multiple federal agencies are ending remote work provisions and mandating co-location. Trump’s war on telework represents a milestone in how his administration is changing the culture of the…More

Episode 18: Jason Fried on Treating Workers Like Adults

For our first episode of the year, host Matt Mullenweg talks to Jason Fried, the CEO of Basecamp. Jason runs a semi-distributed company that’s been making project management software for 20 years. He’s accumulated a wealth of wisdom about how trusting employees and treating them with respect can yield long-term success.

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Working Smaller, Slower, and Smarter

Jason Fried, the co-founder and CEO of Basecamp, collects mechanical watches. He appreciates their simplicity. He once wrote in a blog post, “When I look at my watch, it gives me the time. It asks nothing in return. It’s a loyal companion without demands. In contrast, if I look at my phone for the time,…More

Distributed Podcast: Jason Fried on Treating Workers Like Adults. Read the transcript.