Terri Maxwell: Old Jobs Are Now Gone — The Work Revolution Is Here

May 8, 2013 by

Terri Maxwell's career-seeking clients were frustrated: Their old jobs had disappeared, and even the recovering economy wasn't bringing them back. As Maxwell began to dig deeper, she discovered two startling facts: First, the positions her clients had once held were indeed gone. Second, the reason they were disappearing was a change so seismic, it was akin to the Industrial Revolution. oDesk recently caught up with Maxwell, co-author of "The New World of Work," to discuss how jobs have changed and how both the workplace and the economy are being transformed by “the work revolution.” Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: The Book Edition

April 23, 2013 by

There was a time when physically being in the office was a logistical requirement. There was also a time when making an impact necessitated the strength of an institution — not just your own good ideas. Today, the world of work has shifted. This selection of recently and soon-to-be-published books explore not just what has changed, but how individuals and organizations can adapt and thrive in this new reality. Read Full Article

The Rise of the Extended Workforce and its Impact on HR

April 15, 2013 by

“In the future, organizations’ competitive success will hinge on a highly unlikely suspect: workers who aren’t employees at all.” A new report from Accenture takes a critical look at the trends that are making organizations more adaptive and nimble, and considers best practices that HR professionals should put in place to take advantage of this shift. Read Full Article

When is Enough, Enough? “Balance” in Portfolio Life

April 10, 2013 by

More and more people are changing the way they work from full time, one company at a time, career-ladder climbing to a more open approach of freelance, interim or contract work — what we refer to as “Portfolio Life.” With this approach to career-building, the additional flexibility, independence and autonomy can allow non-paid work options to come alive. In this guest post, Expert Alumni founder Jon Glesinger discusses what makes for a fulfilling "Portfolio Life." Read Full Article

Insights on Women, Work and ‘Having it All’

April 2, 2013 by

From Sheryl Sandberg's new book Lean In to Marissa Mayer's controversial maternity leave (or lack thereof), discussions about women in leadership and working mothers have dominated the headlines in recent months. Here at oDesk, we are fortunate to have a resident expert on the topic — our talented VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat. Jaleh has spent time on both sides of the argument; she served as VP of Marketing at Amazon.com when her children were young, and then made the difficult decision to leave the company so she could spend more time with her family. In the past couple weeks she has weighed in on several different aspects of her career and personal decisions; check out some of her thoughts here. Read Full Article

Navigating Through Unpredictable Income: Tools & Best Practices for Financial Planning

March 19, 2013 by

For all the benefits of working as an independent professional, there is one common challenge: an unpredictable income stream. According to MBO Partners’ latest State of Independence in America report, the top source of concern for freelancers is a lack of predictable income. Getting by without a predictable paycheck requires organization, preparation, and budgeting. Fortunately, in response to this need, a plethora of online services and software have become available to help the growing number of freelancers and contractors manage their incomes and stay prepared in the face of financial uncertainty. Read Full Article

Fostering Smarter Job Creation Through Online Work: Insights from the World Bank ICT Days

March 14, 2013 by

At the recent World Bank ICT Days event in Washington D.C., global thought leaders gathered together and shared potential solutions to development challenges in World Bank member countries. Matt Cooper, oDesk VP of International and Enterprise, spoke about driving smarter job creation through online work, and presented the four criteria required to foster online work growth in developing countries. Read Full Article

Ditch the Desk: Why Some Work is Better Done Remote

March 8, 2013 by

In the wake of both Best Buy and Yahoo’s recent ban on working from home, the topic of flexible work has taken center stage—everyone has weighed in on whether flexible work policies are beneficial or unwise. But both sides are forgetting that this is not an either/or scenario. Instead, we should really be talking about how to make each worker most productive, whether they’re in a cubicle or a cafe. Unlocking high performance is not about picking the right dogmatic policies to implement; it’s about setting up teams to perform at their best. Read Full Article

Comedy in Business: What Improv Can Do For Your Team

March 5, 2013 by

A person’s ability to tap into their inner comedian on the spot is an indication that they might be a great fit — especially for your distributed team. Follow the example of TeamSnap, which uses improv in business: "Using improv techniques can make it much easier to face unexpected challenges, deal with surprises and work better with others,” said Andrew Berkowitz, TeamSnap's vice president of product management. Read Full Article