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 4/11/2014:

Forbes | 5 Things Every Boss Should Know About Working With Millennials
Unlike generations before them, Millennials’ workplace habits and preferences are forcing organizations to rethink how they approach managing this new group of workers. Alyson Krueger shares her own perspective—she herself is a Millennial—on what is important to this generation, what is totally different, and what traits are shared with other generations. Alyson recommends managers embrace the needs of Millennials, or businesses will find their younger employees diving into side gigs and entrepreneurial ventures.

Business Insider | 7 Tips For Freelancers To Stay Organized
Whether you’re a recent graduate or an experienced professional, freelancing is increasingly becoming a long-term career path. With the number of independent professionals reaching nearly 18 million in the U.S. alone, Richard Feloni shares seven tips to help people work successfully outside the confines of a traditional office.

Tech Cocktail | We’re Obsessed with Work-Life Balance, But We Totally Fail at It
Most professionals know and strive for work-life balance — but in reality, most struggle to achieve it. Pinpointing technology as a driving force behind the lack of balance, Kira Newman suggests meditation and, beyond that, promises to investigate additional resources in future posts on the topic.

CNNMoney | Freelancer pay jumps, in search for quality work
Suggesting a shift in how businesses approach hiring freelance talent, a recent trend shows that organizations are starting to recognize the correlation between pay and quality. Vickie Elmer posits that businesses are beginning to view freelancers as an extension of their workforce and leans on Sara Horowitz, executive director of the Freelancers Union, to support her claim: “People who employ freelancers are starting to realize cheaper’s not always better,” Horowitz confirmed.

What news or advice about the future of work caught your eye this week? Share it in the comments section below!

Amy Partridge

Communications Manager

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.