7 Tips for Managing Workplace Disruption and Maximizing Remote Workers

May 19, 2020 8 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The world is an entirely different place than it was just a few months ago. So, how can you still manage your team and maintain a productive workforce? Here are seven ways to accomplish those goals. 1. Prioritize your team’s health and wellness. Hands down, protecting your team needs to be your priority right now. After all, if your employees and your team not taking care of themselves — how can they have the energy to focus on their work? More importantly, though, it’s the right thing to do. How can you care about the health and wellness of another individual? For starters, a lot has already been done by allowing your employees to work from home. If you are leading a team where they must come into work, make sure you provide protective gear and take […]

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How to Stay Sane While Working From Home

April 21, 2020 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As humans, we are creatures of habit. As William James once wrote, “All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits — practical, emotional and intellectual.” Oftentimes, these habits are a helpful evolutionary feature of living in the modern world. They enable us to autopilot through easy decisions and save our mental energy for more important things. Writing for the New Yorker, Jerome Groopman explains: “When we get into a car and drive off, we don’t need to think about the separate actions of buckling a seat belt, turning on the ignition, putting the car in drive, checking the mirrors and the blind spot, and pressing the gas pedal. All these steps, chunked into a single unit in the memory, are triggered by the environmental cue of getting into your […]

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Ditching a Desk Transformed My Business. Here’s How It Could Do the Same for Yours.

Office space is nothing more than a burden if you don’t use it. February 10, 2020 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I tell people I haven’t had a desk for 20 years, they usually respond with thinly veiled skepticism. They smile and nod politely, clearly assuming I’m exaggerating to make a point about my hectic lifestyle. But I genuinely haven’t. Occasionally someone will call me: “Really?” they ask. “How does that work?” I do use a desk, but in all honesty I don’t have one at our London office, and I haven’t had one since we started out. Remote working, hot-desking, fluid office shares and digital hangouts are all changing the shape of work in the 21st century. I didn’t preempt any of these trends, but I did find a way of working that was best for me and my business, and I’m not surprised it’s […]

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50 Work-From-Home Jobs Paying as Much or a Lot More Than the Average American Salary

The money can be pretty good but you’re on your own. For some people that’s the best part. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. There was a time when working from home was a pipe dream, but recently, there’s been a surge of jobs you can do from your own place. Whether that’s working remotely for a company or starting your own business, there’s no shortage of work-from-home opportunities. Here are 50 options, many of which can generate annual earnings that equate to more than the average American salary.  1. Affiliate Marketer For those unfamiliar with affiliate marketing, it’s simply referral marketing where you earn a commission. Let’s say that you have a website and refer a book on Amazon. When the visitor clicks the affiliate link and buys the book, Amazon will pay you a percentage of the sale. People love affiliate marketing because they can start earning money […]

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Hiring Remote Workers? Here’s What to Consider First.

The most important personality traits to look for in remote employees are self-motivation and discipline. November 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote working is on the rise. A Global Workplace Analytics Report found that over the last 10 years, the number of U.S. telecommuters grew 91 percent. For entrepreneurs, hiring remote workers can be an excellent way to add necessary skills to a company without concern for geographical boundaries. The challenge of remote workers can be managing them to maximize productivity, and traditional processes may not apply. Leadership practices must change for an organization to get full value from their telecommuting staff.  Hire the right people. Before you can lead a team, you need to bring one together. Before you hire a remote worker or transition an in-house worker to a telecommuter, determine if they exhibit characteristics that will lead to success in a […]

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Keep Your Mobile Employees Engaged and Productive With This Innovative App

Eko brings HR into the modern age by serving remote workforces. July 25, 2019 2 min read Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. Starting a business is always challenging, but launching a startup in the midst of today’s shift to a mobile workforce is its own can of worms. Even the most hardworking remote employees can feel disconnected from management teams they don’t see every day.  That gap often translates to higher turnover rates — and that’s bad news any way you slice it. Morale drops among current employees, past workers leave with a bad taste in their mouth, and word will get out that your company is just a stepping stone to other opportunities.  That’s where Eko comes […]

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Ever Dreamed of Running Your Business From the Road? Here’s How I Do It …

With a funky Airstream trailer as my home and office, and a detailed work plan, I’m no longer tied to my office. July 8, 2019 6 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Five years ago, my parents sold their business, their house and everything they owned and bought an RV. To date, they’re still traveling around (and they’ve become park rangers)! I’m in awe of their lifestyle, in terms of how they can just pack up and go wherever they want while still retaining the comfort and familiarity of their “home” inside their RV. So, my husband and I decided that when we retired, that’s what we’d do, too. Related: Out-Of-Office: Why A ‘Work Anywhere’ Culture Can Benefit Your Business Only, a small problem: Being 28 years old, we’re not even close to retirement. In fact, I’m doing my career full-tme, having run my business, Headbands of […]

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Want to Improve Your Company’s Diversity? Go Remote.

Look at a candidate’s work first. Delay the face-to-face interview until later, to avoid age, gender or ethnic bias. May 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote work is a force that you, as a business leader, should be reckoning with. After all, there are a lot of perks with letting your workforce go remote; not only do you save on the costs associated with a physical office but you avoid the dreaded daily commute. More important: You can improve company diversity. Going remote provides a seamless way to open your company up to a workforce that’s varied in gender, race, ethnicity, sexual identity and ability. Related: The Secret to Retaining Productive Remote Workers Is Remembering They Are People In turn, diversity offers potential benefits to your business as well, including improved creativity, a wider range of skills, increased employee engagement, improved company reputation and even […]

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Turing Helps Entrepreneurs Tap Into the Global Talent Pool for Engineers

The competition for talent is not so fierce when you expand the talent pool to the entire world. January 6, 2019 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. As an entrepreneur you need to find the right team to help you make amazing products that your customers will love. Finding the right team is hard. It’s especially hard if you restrict your search to the city your company is based out of. In the San Francisco Bay area, hiring top tech talent is costly and can take months. Retention is another huge challenge given the constant competition for talent. Turing CEO Jonathan Siddharth started his new company aiming to fix this problem and help entrepreneurs. Jonathan and his Turing co-founder Vijay Krishnan successfully sold their last company (TechCrunch) by using remote distributed teams to develop an amazing product which was featured in the app store and reached […]

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I Was the First Remote Employee at My Company. Here’s How We Made It Work.

Supporting remote work can be extremely challenging unless an organization is intentional about doing so. November 7, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Remote work is more popular than ever and appears destined to change the way organizations work. It provides employers with the opportunity to seek talent across the world while reducing their investment in real estate and it enables employees to pursue new career opportunities without having to relocate and achieve stronger work-life balance. However, supporting remote work can be extremely challenging unless an organization is intentional about doing so and unfortunately, 63 percent of companies lack remote work policies. Related: More Than Half of Companies Surveyed Allow Remote Work, But Fast-Paced Industries Lag Behind As the first remote employee for a rapidly growing software company out of Salt Lake City while living in Grand Rapids, Mich., I’ve experienced firsthand what it takes […]

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More Than Half of Companies Surveyed Allow Remote Work, But Fast-Paced Industries Lag Behind

As remote work becomes the norm worldwide, 38 percent of technology and marketing professionals believe their remote work opportunities are limited October 29, 2018 7 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When technology giant IBM, in 2017, ended its remote working policy, it’s a safe bet that the info tech giant’s employees were more than upset, considering that IBM allowed 40 percent of its global workforce to work remotely. Related:Three Ways to Launch (or Become) a Remote Company Other technology companies have also done away with their remote work policies in the last few years. Yahoo, for example, made the decision to ban employees from working from home, to eliminate productivity loss due to absenteeism. And Reddit, based in San Francisco, gave its workers a choice: Either relocate to the Bay Area or take a three-month severance package. The technology industry’s reluctance to lean into remote […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Landing a Remote Job

With over 40 percent of employees in the U.S. now working remotely, the idea of working from home feels more tangible than ever. July 26, 2018 7 min read This story originally appeared on Skillcrush With over 40 percent of employees in the U.S. now working remotely, according to a Gallup report, the idea of working from home (or a co-working space or favorite coffee shop) feels more tangible than ever. This report shows a definite trend: Remote work is the way of the future, and more and more employees are on the lookout for jobs that give them the option to work off-site full time. But dreaming of a remote job — with its flexibility and the ability to work in pajamas — and actually being successful in one aren’t the same thing. There’s a learning curve that goes along with ditching your commute and your boss’s watchful eye over your […]

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