The Way We Work

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

Week of 8/20/2012:

Harvard Business Review: Why Remote Workers Are More (Yes, More) Engaged
Are in-office workers more committed and engaged than remote workers? According to a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the answer is “no”—remote workers are actually more engaged and committed to their jobs than their in-office counterparts. Scott Edinger, the founder of Edinger Consulting Group, suggests that the challenges faced by dispersed teams force them to communicate more effectively and work more efficiently.

Xerox Blogs: Asking “Where Do You Work?” May Result In Surprising Responses
Carolyn Dolezal, Chief Executive at SmithBucklin, reflects on her experience at the Xerox Future of Work Dreaming Session and on the increasingly fluid nature of the workplace. Dolezal states that as more workers embrace alternatives to the traditional office, the question, “Where do you work?” will no longer have a straightforward answer—and that the more accurate question may soon be “How do you want to work?”

Management Today: How To Make The Most Of Virtual Meetings
Whether you use Skype, Google Chat or Facetime, virtual meetings are a key part of working with any dispersed team. Mike Hunter provides ten best practice tips for successful virtual meetings, such as pausing regularly for group input and using visual references.

Mashable: These Telecommuting Jobs Will Surprise You
While telecommuting has traditionally been the realm of computer programmers and freelance journalists, advancements in technology have enabled a wider range of professionals to enjoy the flexibility of working from home. This article provides an overview of the telecommuting world and discusses innovative ways companies are using remote workers.

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