The Remote Roundup November 12, 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. Plus a podcast!
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Ok, let's get started with the top remote content for the second week of November.
Top Article: How remote work has made harassment easier and more widespread by Kathleen Davis of Fast Company
Fast Company recently came out with some troubling news on The NEW Way We Work podcast.
In a survey last year with over 3,000 remote U.S. employees, 14% experienced an increase in harassment based on age, 26% based on gender and 10% based on race or ethnicity.
Why is this happening when remote work is supposed to increase equality in the workplace?
Well, the show's guest Ellen Pao, the former CEO of reddit, and now the CEO of the nonprofit that conducted the survey said it's partly because of the stress and anxiety that everyone experienced during 2020.
Some people didn't know how to handle it, felt no human connection to their colleagues, and were emboldened by digital anonymity to cause harm.
The majority of the harassment took place over slack, text, and email.
Which is mind-boggling, considering it's leaving a paper trail but a lot of people assume that their victims will not report it.
The truth is there is a lack of trust that when an incident does occur, HR or the Company will do anything about it.
The office hierarchy is a horrible thing to go against and in many people's experience things get swept under the rug or shrugged off when the offender is in a position of power.
In our opinion, these are actually left over elements from previously toxic company culture's that went remote.
There were already bad individuals part of the organization or joining it and they just felt more safe discriminating behind a computer screen rather than face to face.
It isn't remote work that enabled this increase, it lifted back the curtain they were hiding behind.
The same thing goes for the manager that micromanaged or took credit for other people's work.
Going remote revealed they truly were overbearing or just generally incompetent.
The companies that don't address these issues within their cultures and old hierarchies are the same ones running to go back to the office.
They won't survive the future of work.
Remote work is democratizing companies and making teams more diverse than ever before.
The ones that decide to continue hybrid or go full-remote will be more aware of the issues as they occur and should act swiftly.
If there are people currently considering leaving their job because of harassment, our only advice is run.
Follow the great resignation. Life is too short to deal with that type of abuse in your workplace.
There are plenty of other companies that treat their employees with respect and have created a healthy culture whether remote or not.
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4. Cecilia Amador de San José of the Allwork.space blog interviews Sherry Benton, Ph.D., ABPP on how to spot career burnout and regain balance.
For this article, the Allwork.space team spoke to Dr. Sherry Benton, Founder of digital behavioral health platform Tao Connect.
According to her, the top sources of career burnout are:
- Not receiving recognition at work
- A toxic culture
- Company management and personnel changes
- Bored with profession and needing a change
To identify career burnout she says you should be aware if you are constantly exhausted or tired. You have trouble focusing and procrastinate more often. You are unmotivated and small things bother you more than usual.
She says the best strategies for addressing career burnout is taking a break to disconnect and reevaluate your relationship with work. You should also be vocal with your feelings and not hide them from colleagues. It can help you with the workload or get the support you need.
If these strategies don't work, you should consider talking to your manager about changing up your responsibilities or starting a new project.
3. Sam Claassen of the Building Remotely blog writes a personal piece on why your kids will thank you for working remotely
In this article, Sam Classen talks about his personal experience of growing up with parents who worked remotely.
He lists the numerous benefits that he himself experienced and wished more people had the same opportunity. The main benefit is the presence that remote parents have in their kids lives.
They are there when their kids get sick, when they get in trouble at school, and overall see their kids more than parents who work from an office. This creates a stronger bond and a better environment to develop as a child.
The other positive is the ability to show your kids the world. Remote parents can take more vacations and as a result can bring their kids along with them to get a unique global perspective. Finally your kids get a great example of managing work-life and how to develop good habits.
2. The Range Team on their blog explain the 5 telltale signs of micromanagement.
There is no doubt that manager's need to find a balance in their style of overseeing employees.
Too little involvement, means they are an absentee manager. Too much and they are a micromanager. Obviously this is the worst case scenario because of the effects it can have on the psychological and physical health of employees.
The main reasons people become micromanagers is because they can't relinquish control of their old responsibilities once they are promoted, they are control-freaks, have no trust in their team, and bringing in people without sufficient experience.
The tell-tale signs Range points out is if a manager is unable to delegate their task to someone else. They are also obsessed with the progress of tasks or projects and ask for constant updates. The worst is when any task is assigned the manager swoops in to give their opinion or check up on you.
The best way to address a micromanaging boss it to talk to them directly about it and prepare a plan. Although, most won't be open to criticism so you should also talk to colleagues to see how they handled it. The second to last result is to talk to other managers or go above to make the executives aware of the issue.
Finally, if they continue to be overbearing, just leave. Nobody should have to put up with micromanagement in this day and age. It will send a sign that they aren't actually a good manager at all.
1. Chase Warrington of the Doist blog talks about how to humanize asynchronous work.
In this tremendously informative piece about asynchronous work, The Head of Remote at Doist, Chase Warrington talks about how to maintain human connection when not communicating in real-time.
One the first points he makes is that team culture has more to do with how you work together rather than how you socialize together.
Yes, company events help build camaraderie but who you hire, promote and fire, how you acknowledge work, which project take priority and trusting team members to set their own schedules have a much greater impact on creating a lasting company culture.
Of course you still have to include a social element to interactions but they should be optional, part of the work day, and not making it about building a family. You are connected through work and events should be about quality not quantity.
Some of the things that Chase is designing at Doist are the in-person meets where once a year the whole team comes together in one location in the world. There are mini-retreats for teams and mentorships where new hires get to meet a current employee in-person for a week when they first start.
Some of the other cool asynch socializing ideas include having automated checkins, social channels, threads that inspire conversations like what type of pet you have, and even asynch games like 2 truths and a lie.
The important take away is that maintaining a company culture asynchronously is totally possible and Doist has been thriving while doing it.
Best Podcast: 100+ countries, expat life in Panama, and building a school for world traveling families with Mikkel Thorup, Host of the Expat Money Show podcast
About Abroad brings on the #1 best selling author, serial entrepreneur, and Canadian expat currently living in Panama to talk about his journey to where he is today.
He talks about raising a family abroad and how helps other expats figure out their finances and obtain residency in other countries.
They also cover his newest project, a virtual school designed for traveling families.
It is an in-depth look of the modern business person, one not tied down by nationality and taking advantage of a globalized world.
Check out this week's featured podcast!
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