The Remote Roundup - May 28, 2021

The Remote Roundup - May 28, 2021

If you have ever been looking for a remote work strategy you may have noticed there exists a huge gap in between great insights and everything else out there.

So, we created The Remote Roundup where we will scour the internet for the best remote work content and give our analysis on one article while ranking the top 4 blogs of the week.

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Ok, let's get started with the top remote content for the last week of May.


Top Article: Don’t Let Employees Pick Their WFH Days-Harvard Business Review


Harvard Business review WFH 

Source: Harvard Editorial Staff 

The Harvard Business Review had an article come out this week that made the argument if employees chose their WFH days there would be a significant gender gap in the office between women who overwhelmingly prefer remote work over single men.

The writer also put forward the idea that factions would spring up between the distributed teams and the people who preferred to go into the office every day.

Citing experience and stats that workers in the office rose quicker through the ranks of an organization quicker than their distributed colleagues.

His concerns are true. What he is missing is that he is still comparing a hybrid working situation to the normal 9-5 paradigm that we all remember pre-2020.

Remote work and hybrid setups work best asynchronously. Meaning most work can be divided into projects or tasks that do not have to be done at the same time or place.

Most daily operations can be done when employees choose and projects are worked best collaboratively. The office is an asset in engaging in team-building and true ideation, so make the workweek along with that.

Don't make managers worry about picking the days of the week for their team to go to the office. Why not come together as a team and reserve blocks of time for when collaboration stands to benefit the most in person.

Why not let people decide the moment to spend time with their kids in the morning or go on a hike and get a falafel. Then when the end of quarters come along some people come and some don't.

You are giving too much power to the old system and not what clearly works now.


Top Remote Work Blog posts 

4. Remote Tools interviews the Head of Marketing at Hubstaff about remote work and motherhood.

Remote tools Courtney Cavey

Source: Content.remote.tools

In their bi-weekly series of personal interviews with remote work professionals, Remote Tools talks to the Head of Marketing at Hubstaff about the flexibility that remote work brings to her life. 

She says the biggest catalyst for her to start working remotely was when she started a family and needed to remove commute time and stress from the equation. She found her current role at WeWorkRemotely.com and hasn't looked back since. 

Remote work enables her to take a break early in the afternoon to spend time with her two young children or take off with them without any issue if they are sick or just because she misses them. Her best advice? "Keep a pretty consistent schedule and set boundaries around it. Let people know you have to work."


3. Oyster talks 3 critical remote working skills and how to interview for them

interviewing for remote skills

Source: Blog.oyster.hr.com

Oyster, one of the leading remote HR tech companies in the world of remote work knows a bit about building a distributed team. They make the point that as more  organizations shift to remote work and startups launch as fully distributed entities, hiring strategies need to change.

Before companies even hire their next remote superstar need to get their expectations in place. What is their distributed culture, what traits align the most with their values? They should also ask themselves what skills are required, which ones they can train and which ones are non-negotiable to be successful.  

The three skills they say are key to evaluate when hiring a remote worker are the quality of their written communication, their ability to work independently, and their desire to be proactive in the job. 


2. Doist discusses how managers and employees think differently about remote work.

makers vs. managers remote work

Source: Blog.doist.com

Doist, one of the leading productivity apps on the market and huge thought leaders in the remote work space make the argument that there are two prevailing opinions on the return to the office: Makers vs. Managers. 

The main source of contention between these two groups is their schedules. Makers or knowledge workers usually work in large blocks of time with a small break in-between. While managers schedule everything to the hour because their times is mostly focused on meetings.

Not surprisingly makers prefer remote work because it eliminates many of the distractions of the office while giving them the flexibility to live their lives and still get stuff done. Managers prefer a full week at the office because it brings them back to the times when they controlled everything and could go to conference rooms instead of zoom calls. Check out the full analysis!


1. Miro imagines a more collaborative workplace for the return to the office.

navigating the future of work miro

Miro is a virtual whiteboard that exploded in popularity for obvious reasons during the pandemic. In their navigating the future of work series they talk about changing the way we perceive the office.

Instead of designing the office towards a hybrid model, companies should redesign to a collaborative model. "Rethinking the conference room means expanding the room beyond the physical space. Teams use SaaS solutions like Miro, G Suite, and Zoom layered on top of their own software to create a cohesive collaboration experience from anywhere"

What they are talking about is creating an inclusive office environment where employees can choose to work form home and still get the same experience as their colleagues in the conference room. Not mandating an office schedule, but facilitating for people to do their best work however they choose. The office in their minds is a tool rather than an obligation. 

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May 28