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 1/24/2014: | Why Offering Flexible Work Is No Longer Optional: Survey
Giving employees the freedom to work when and where they want might be more than just a perk. In a study by office space provider Regus, 59 percent of respondents said they would turn down a job that didn’t offer flexible work options. In an interview with Paul Migliorini of Regus Australia and New Zealand, Myriam Robin explores the implications of flexible work on hiring and turnover rates.

Inc. | The Future of Recruiting and Hiring Technology
Will selecting and interviewing candidates ever be completely automated? Considering opinions from human resources experts, Adam Vaccaro contemplates the roles human interaction and recruiting technology will play in the hiring process of the future.

The Next Web | How to Start Your Freelance Career and be Your Own Boss
Freelancing may seem simple at first, but a surprising amount of preparation goes into creating success out of your own talent. From personal branding to the importance of networking for solo professionals, Josephine Sabin explains how to stand out to clients and potential customers.

SF Gate | Study: Mobile Workers Would Rather Work From Home Than Get A Pay Raise
What value do you put on flexible work and other job perks? The recent #GenMobile survey by Aruba Networks indicates that 53 percent of people would rather work from home two or three days a week than take a 10 percent raise. Drawing from the survey’s results, Benny Evangelista discusses remote work and other perk trade-offs that many of today’s employees would make.

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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.