The Way We Work

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work.

Week of 11/1/2013:

Wired | BYOS Is Here to Stay, and That’s a Good Thing
Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) is on the rise as employees continue to use their personal phones, tablets, and laptops to work during off hours. So what’s the next step in moving from company-issued to personalized? Patrick White explains that cloud-based applications like Dropbox and YouSendIt (now Hightail) are driving bottom-up infrastructure development – the trend towards Bring Your Own Software (BYOS). This may have IT managers “freaking out”, but White argues there are significant benefits when workers can mix and match the services that work best for them.

CIO | Nearly Half Telework Under Informal Policy: Study
In a recent survey conducted by Cisco and AUT University, nearly 90 percent of employees in Australia and New Zealand reported teleworking for one or more hours per week – but most businesses have no formal teleworking agreements in place. Not surprisingly, less than half of workers say they’ve received training for best teleworking practices when away from the office. Adam Bender says these informal arrangements leave businesses exposed to a range of issues, from ineffective communication of expectations and technical support, to other “gray areas” like security, expenses, and health and safety issues.

The Telegraph | Tech-savvy Expats Embrace Flexible Working
British expatriates around the world are taking advantage of remote work arrangements, according to research by Natwest International Personal Banking. Elizabeth Roberts details how new workplace tools and flexible work policies are enabling almost 70 percent of British expats to balance personal and professional commitments during the day.

Huffington Post | Is Your Workplace In Sync With Its Own Future?
How is your company responding to transformations in the workplace? Recent surveys show that, despite massive shifts in how we value work – like social responsibility, life balance, and collaboration – most organizations still fail to connect values with work. Pulling from surveys on U.S. employee satisfaction, Douglas LaBier shares his advice for business leaders – and workers – looking to cultivate a forward-thinking culture through tools, available training, and company attitudes towards innovation.

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Ryan Fan

Marketing Intern

Ryan Fan is a Marketing Intern at oDesk. He currently attends Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he is pursuing a B.S.B.A in Marketing and Management.