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 9/2/2014:

The Huffington Post | 5 Support Systems Entrepreneurs’ Staff Need to Thrive

“Who helps the helpers?” Marissa Brassfield asks, noting that behind every successful entrepreneur is a competent and reliable team. However, even the most capable team member needs extra guidance and support.

Brassfield suggests that an entrepreneur should have multiple support systems to help their team members perform at their best. Some of her suggestions include creating mentorship opportunities and providing access to training — both for work skills and developing good habits. These additional resources, she says, will help the team thrive.

Forbes | 3 Entrepreneurs Who Changed Their Lives with YouTube

Social media is a crucial part of any professional’s success, and journalist Karsten Strauss says YouTube provides endless opportunities for exposure, marketing and ad sales.

He introduces three success stories: UK musician Rob Chapman, artist Leonardo Pereznieto, and southern cook Betty Givan.

Sharing their advice for would-be YouTube stars, these entrepreneurs explain how they’ve reached new and loyal fans through strong personal branding and by growing their community. | Are You a Workaholic? Norwegian Researchers Have Developed This Way to Check

Do you think about work when you should be relaxing? Ever experience stress or other emotional and/or physical symptoms when you can’t work?

Norwegian scientists have identified seven specific criteria to help assess whether you’re a “workaholic.”

While their research has shown that a lot of people (i.e. 8 in 10 Norwegians) are “addicted to work to the point that it affects their health,” they note that “workaholism” isn’t a formal, medically recognized diagnosis. That means there’s no treatment plan or recognized way to successfully ease the stress.

Harvard Business Review | The Most Productive People Know Who to Ignore

Whenever you create a to-do list, the default first step is to prioritize it. One problem is that everything on the list becomes a priority — and the lower-priority items you’ll “do later” never make the cut.

Executive coach Ed Batista encourages professionals not only to prioritize but also to recognize the limitations in doing so.

Instead of focusing on a prioritized list, Batista recommends a triage approach: focus on high-impact activities and purposely ignore tasks that aren’t. “Remember,” Batista said, “this is not about making a list but deciding where the cut-off point is and sticking to it.”

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Amy Sept

Managing Editor

As the managing editor of the Upwork blog, Amy Sept works with regular and guest writers to share information that helps freelancers and businesses navigate the future of work. She owns Nimbyist Communications and helps non-profits, startups, and small business owners get their content marketing on track.