Enjoying Summer | VOTW 052819

Enjoying Summer | VOTW 052819

Right now, with summer stretching out before us, is a great time to plan how you want to make the most of it.  Go beyond thinking about a vacation and think about how you want to enjoy sunny Saturdays and longer hours of sunshine.  This week’s Video of the Week features Laura Vanderkam explaining how to gain control of your free time. (For a free Apochromatik time tracker tool, email keith@apochromatik.com.) 

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11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

Last week we shared 11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely [add link], whether occasionally or full-time.  As we noted, 70% of workers around the world are remote at least one day per week, and more than 50% work remotely at least half of the time.  That means that more and more managers now supervise people working remotely. Whether you supervise employees who work remotely once in a while or people who are hired specifically to work remotely every day, the task requires different considerations – and often being more intentional – than supervising people you see every day.  As I shared last week, I’ve worked remotely full-time for about four years in various environments, remotely 10-30% of the time for about eight years, and have been location-independent for the last year. Having been supervised by staff both in a physical office and who were also remote, and having supervised employees who were always or partially remote, I’ve seen it all in terms of what to do . . . and what not to do.  Here are 11 rules to make managing remote employees better for everyone.

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Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Working remotely, whether occasionally or routinely, can make employees’ lives easier.  But supervising remote employees can require extra effort from managers.  For today’s Video of the Week, the Harvard Business Review shares tips on collaboration and communication for remote teams.  Check it out, and come back Thursday for our blog post on how to supervise remote workers without wanting to pack it in.  

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11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely

11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely

With summer approaching, the ability to work remotely can loom as the Holy Grail of benefits, making possible shorter days (minus the commute), focused attention on long-delayed projects, longer vacations thanks to the ability to work while the family relaxes, and lower childcare costs.  As we work with our career transition clients, the ability to work remotely – whether occasionally or regularly – is one of the items must often on their wish lists, whether as a proxy for a flexible workplace, or as a critical component to make their lives work.  This isn’t a unique desire; 70% of workers around the world are remote at least one day per week, and more than 50% work remotely at least half of the time.

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How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

Working remotely is often considered the holy Grail of employment benefits, but the reality can be perilous.  That’s why working remotely is this week’s topic on the Apochromatik blog.  For the Video of the Week, learn how to intentionally build a better relationship with your boss — a much more challenging task when you work remotely.  Come back Thursday for tips on how to work remotely without hampering your career.  

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