The Way We Work

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on labor markets, talent management, freelancing, and the future of work.

Week of 7/12/2013:

HBR | New Research: Flexibility Versus Face Time
To work from home or not to work from home? That is the question Anna Beninger and Nancy Carter leading non-profit Catalyst asked. The company recently surveyed 726 high-potential employees—MBA graduates around the world working full time in both for-profit and non-profit firms across industries—about their experiences with, and perceptions of, flexible working arrangements. The research found that flexible work arrangements are critical for organizations to maximize their talent pool and attract high-potential employees throughout the pipeline.

The New York Times | Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home
This article is part of the “Balancing Act” series that looks at how working mothers from varied backgrounds are balancing careers and family responsibilities. Told through the lense of working mother Sara Uttech, Catherine Rampell argues women are less concerned with ‘leaning in’ and instead trying to find ways to get their careers to accommodate laundry, kids’ baseball games and family life.

The Guardian | Collaborative Entrepreneurs Create More Jobs and Profit, Study Shows
Disgruntled by television programs like Donald Trump’s “The Apprentice” and its portrayal of entrepreneurs fighting rather than working, Dr. Rebecca Harding—economist and CEO of Delta Economics—researched the motivations of 2,500 entrepreneurs in 13 countries. Her research found that genuine entrepreneurs prefer working on teams because it tends to result in greater job creation and profit generation. The study also found that the vast majority of entrepreneurs (nearly 80%) start up a business because they have an idea or dream that they want to see developed, around 65% want autonomy and more than 60% want to pursue a market opportunity.

Huffington Post | Are Remote Teams the Future of Work?
Because of the lack of relevant job openings in suburban or rural areas, leveraging remote teams is more important than ever, says David Hassell, CEO of employee engagement system 15Five. Hassell explains that great talent will not always live next door, remote workers will allow budgets to go further and autonomy increases productivity and employee retention. Moreover, Hassell claims that leaders who work with remote teams tend to be more attentive, have more meaningful conversations with each employee and tend be more productive with their time.

Lifehacker | The Developer’s Guide to Working From Home
Speaking specifically to the developer community, Lifehacker writer Ryan Wilcox shares his tips for successfully working from home. There are considerable adjustments required when starting to work from home and this guide will help you get it right the first time. The included advice ranges from specific recommendations for software and hardware, to tips for hitting your team’s deadlines. With the right best practices in place, there’s a whole world of efficiency to be gained from working remotely.

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Amy Partridge is the communications manager at Upwork. In this role, Amy is focused on supporting and accelerating Upwork’s global PR efforts. She brings with her a valuable combination of PR agency and client-side experience. Most recently, Amy was the communications director at tech startup Grubwithus. Amy holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications.