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Employee Mental Health: What Are the Risks for Remote Workers?

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Whether your team is working from home due to the pandemic, or you’re fully distributed, remote work hasn’t come without its backlash on employee mental health.  

Due to long hours online, disconnection from coworkers, and substandard work set-ups that can strain the body, mental well-being is waning for remote workers.

Luckily, there are practical ways to address these health risks to ensure optimal health on and off the clock.

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People are People First: Fostering an Inclusive Workplace For All

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June is Pride Month. It’s a time for us to recognize the importance of inclusion and diversity both in and out of the workplace. It’s a time to celebrate all employees regardless of gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation, but also to recognize how far we have left to go. 

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How Do I Manage Remote Team Members Across Multiple Time Zones?

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Though remote work has been around for decades, the pandemic accelerated its adaptation.

Forty-four percent of employees are working from home five days or more per week in the United States alone. Before COVID-19, that number was just 17%.

There are widely accepted benefits to distributed work, and anyone who manages remote team members is well aware of them. Expanding the talent pool, running operations 24/7, and valuing deliverables over seat-warming are just a few.

Nevertheless, there are two sides to the same coin, and working with distributed teams also brings with it its challenges—one of which being how to manage them across time zones.

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Going Remote: How Roberto Jasso Landed His First Remote Job

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While remote work isn’t a new concept, it’s certainly garnering a lot of attention these days. The global pandemic has opened companies’ and workers’ minds to the possibilities of working from anywhere and more and more people are seeking a permanent remote work situation.

Roberto Jasso is one of them. A PHP backend developer from Querétaro, Mexico, Roberto is well educated, experienced, and highly skilled. Like many of us, his exposure to remote work started with working for companies that allowed him the option to work from home a couple of days a week. But the in-office requirement meant he wasn’t able to work from alternate locations, which presents a problem when your vacation time is limited.

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3 Critical Remote Working Skills and How to Interview for Them

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How the world works is evolving. Employees don’t need to commute to a single location to do their jobs. And as organizations shift to remote work and startups launch as fully distributed entities, hiring strategies need to change, too. 

Your blueprint for hiring on-site employees won’t necessarily translate to hiring remote workers. Sure, most of the skills required for the actual work are the same, but it requires different personality traits and a specific skill set to be an effective remote team member. 

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Best Tips on How to Fight Isolation in Remote Work

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In Buffer’s 2019 State of Remote Work, loneliness ranked as the second-largest struggle remote workers experienced, with 19 percent of respondents saying it was the biggest drawback.

Two years later, only 16 percent of remote workers identified loneliness as the biggest drawback. It tied with “difficulties with collaboration and communication” for second place.

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The Highs and Lows of Managing a Hyper-Growth Startup in 2021

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Achieving and managing through hyper-growth is formidably difficult.

It requires executing, learning, and iterating at a fast pace, faster than competitors. It also requires transforming the organization as needed to support that growth… at the very same time.

Sure, the idea of smoking competition from the get-go can seem like a nice problem to have. But there’s a reason why two-thirds of hyper-growth startups fail.

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What is Upskilling and Why Does it Matter for Distributed Teams?

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Managing remote teams presents challenges, least of them being time zone conflicts and decreased camaraderie between members.

So, when it comes to keeping your remote team on top of industry trends and knowledge, you’ll want the solution with the least friction and best results: upskilling.

Learn all you need to know about upskilling and why it matters for distributed teams here. From why it’s better than firing and hiring to how to set up systems and tips for success, we cover it all.

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What is a 13th and 14th Month Salary? (and How to Manage and Simplify it)

Imagine that you’ve found the ideal employee in Portugal. Isla has all the skills you’re looking for and will be a stellar match for your company culture. But during salary negotiations, she looks at your offer and asks, “Does this include the 13th- and 14th-month salaries?” For a moment, you’re caught up short. What is she talking about? Is that a real thing?

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