The Way We Work
June 22, 2012 by Jenna Weiner

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on labor markets, innovation, and online work.

Week of 6/18/2012:

  • The End of a Job as We Know It
    Written by Josh Bersin, CEO of Bersin & Associates, “The End Of A Job as We Know It” details the radical reimagining of hiring and managing practices that is taking place in many modern corporations. In this article for the Enterprise Collaborative project, Bersin remarks on the recruiting difficulties experienced by HR executives, and discusses how the world is shifting towards an agile employment model in which companies look for specific skill sets and experience to fill project- and task-based “roles” instead of “jobs.”
  • How to Make Contingent Workers Feel Like Family
    The rise of freelance professionals has fundamentally changed the structure of modern businesses, bringing new challenges to HR departments and management teams in the process. GigaOM author Jessica Stillman offers four tips to help integrate contractors into your company culture and maximize their productivity.
  • Why Crowded Coffee Shops Fire Up Your Creativity
    A recent study led by Ravi Mehta found that a moderate level of ambient noise can help “trigger the brain to think abstractly, and thus generate creative ideas,” as summarized in this article for The Atlantic. He suggests that to overcome creative challenges, the coffee shop will outperform the library—which also may help to explain the rapid growth of the coworking trend. Whatdo you think? Do you thrive in a crowded coffee house or do you prefer the serenity of your home?
  • The Key Ingredients of a Successful Team
    Thriving teams aren’t built merely by assembling talented individuals. Truly great leaders set the stage for success by providing colleagues with the tools and environment they need to excel. Writing for Harvard Business Review, Vineet Nayar outlines three ingredients to help your team conquer even the most daunting of challenges—a big challenge, people with a passion to perform, and space to excel.

Did we miss anything? Are there any insights you find particularly interesting? Let us know in the comments section below!

Jenna Weiner

Content Marketer

Jenna Weiner is the former content marketing manager at oDesk and was the editor-in-chief of the oDesk blog. With a background in business and technology writing, she specializes in content marketing and strategy, public relations, and branding. Before joining oDesk, Jenna was a writer and editor for Monitor Group’s marketing department (now Monitor Deloitte) and was the Business & Technology Section Editor for Brafton Inc.… read more