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 2/7/2014:

Fast Company | How Freelancers Are Redefining Success To Be About Value, Not Wealth
How do you value your work? Some people measure by salary, hours spent in the office, or pride in accomplishment at the end of the day. But a growing number of people prioritize a different currency: time. Freelancers Union founder Sara Horowitz contends that the freelance lifestyle is driving us to change the way we think about work in a fundamental way. Her take on it? “Success in the workplace means being healthy enough—physically and mentally—to enjoy life.”

VentureBeat | How To Get Your Boss To Sign Off On WFH: Use These 10 Tools
With ubiquitous mobile devices and cloud-based apps, work-from-home tools have vastly improved—and grown in number—over the past few years. Talking with remote work experts and productivity tool power users, Barry Levine recommends 10 essential products for working outside the office that just might convince your boss that it can be done.

Tech Cocktail | This Robot is Trying to Humanize Your Telecommuting Experience
As telecommuting becomes more and more popular, companies are looking for innovative ways to make communication as seamless as possible for team members who work outside the office. Revolve Robotic’s KUBI seeks to blend virtual and in-office meetings, combining video calls on a tablet with a web-controlled robotic desktop stand to give remote users a new opportunity to interact. Ronald Barba explains in further detail how the KUBI brings us closer to capturing the subtleties of face-to-face communication.

HBR Blog | How Virtual Teams Can Create Human Connections Despite Distance
A recent survey found that 72 percent of people who work in virtual teams think video would make teamwork easier—but barely one in three actually use it. Could turning the camera on make a difference? Keith Ferrazzi thinks so. He says people on the most effective teams like each other, going further to help each other because of their personal bond. So how do you promote similar camaraderie in a team thousands of miles and several time zones apart? Ferrazzi shares his guide to strengthening relationships and inspiring trust within remote teams.

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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.