Remote Workers Aren’t Who You Think They Are

Hoping to better understand the realities of modern work, Flex+Strategy Group / Work+Life Fit conducted a national survey about the true nature of employees’ work flexibility. What they found echoes earlier studies about those who have remote or flexible work arrangements: they’re not who you think they are. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: May 5th

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss how a new labor movement is taking shape, changing company culture in established organizations, the death of the office, and the spread of entrepreneurialism. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 28th

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss the cultural shift behind the sharing economy, remote team management and leadership, "flattened" organizational structures, and compensation across several startup hubs. Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 22nd

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work. This week we discuss why businesses should skip employee "engagement" and aim for a fully-committed relationship, Results Only Work Environments, the future of the office space, and websites that highlight great gigs for people at all levels of experience. Read Full Article

How to Run a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar

Getting the most from a distributed team — where the people you work with can span a country, if not the world — can require a slight reimagining of existing business practices. In this column for the Huffington Post, oDesk's Jaleh Bisharat shares some of the lessons she's learned in "8 Tips for Running a Virtual Meeting Like a Rockstar." Read Full Article

Perspectives on the Future of Work: April 4th

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing and the future of work. This week we discuss research on remote work personalities, the economic effects of solo entrepreneurship, and NPR's Chris Groskopf's experience with working from home. Read Full Article

Is Your Business Ready for a Virtual Assistant?

Try as you might, you can't do everything yourself if you want to grow your business. It's one thing to accept that; it's another to actually welcome someone new, like a virtual assistant, to share your work. When you've relied on a team of one, how can you feel confident that someone else will understand your priorities, motivations, or rationale? Three professionals explain their experience and advice for those preparing to take the next step. Read Full Article