The Way We Work
May 19, 2014 by Amy Partridge

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

Week of 5/19/2014:

Forbes | Working Remotely: Does The Research Prove It Won’t Work For You?

For some, the idea of working from home, dressing casually, and taking Spot for a walk during lunch is ideal. But for others, it’s a practically torturous thought. Working from home is a new way of working — but it isn’t necessarily right for everyone.

David Sturt and Todd Nordstrom pose five questions to identify whether someone has what it takes to thrive beyond the office. They conclude that for people who are driven to succeed, location doesn’t really matter.

New York Post | Is Startup Life Giving Millennials the Blues?

A lot of Millennials have a “grass is greener” view of being an entrepreneur, what some call the “entrepreneurial effect:” dreaming about the startup they could be running instead of focusing on the job they already have. Because of this, Annie Daly reveals that many Millennials feel disheartened and discouraged about their careers.

She notes that many people don’t have what it takes to be an entrepreneur — or an accurate view of the not-always-glamorous startup life. Daly spoke to psychologists, Millennials, and career advisors to help would-be entrepreneurs put an accurate, and more realistic, spin on what they want and need out of their careers.

HR Review | Employers Need to Plan Ahead to Deal with Risk of Widespread Skills Shortages

The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s quarterly Labour Market Outlook shows that two in five UK employers are struggling to fill job openings for highly skilled talent — engineering and management roles in particular.

The shortage is manageable today, but the CIPD is encouraging businesses to take a longer view: take action now to mitigate the potential for a widened skills gap in the near future.

Gerwyn Davies, labour market adviser at the CIPD, commented that: “… while skills shortages are still relatively concentrated in particular sectors and occupations in the domestic labour market, and pay continues to perform well below pre-recession levels, there is a danger that this may change if the labour market continues to tighten.”

Tech City News | 10 Tips on Freelancing as a Digital Designer

Committing to freelance is a big step for a designer but it’s not the final one on the road to career success. Toby Thwaites shares ten tips for rising to the top as a freelance digital designer — many of which apply equally to other professionals.

Touching on various aspects of working with a recruitment agency, establishing your business, and the logistics of freelancing, Thwaites advises professionals to communicate clearly and often with their clients, keep work portfolios current,  and protect intellectual property.

What business news caught your attention this week? Tell us about it in the comments 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.