Five From The Island

FIVE FROM THE ISLAND: 4 Dec 20

Welcome to the Island, as they say.  We are looking at frightening new Coronavirus statistics and the real possibility that we’ll soon be in much more restrictive conditions as lock-downs and curfews are on the horizon. So time for Five From The Island. This week we explore some interesting perspectives on what changes when you …

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Five From The Island: 30 Oct 20

This week’s Five From The Island has an overall theme of communication across remote working groups. The first several articles explore the nature of “asynchronous” communication and the related notion of using “bursts” rather than nonstop streams. Closely related to how communications are different in remote teams, we bring an article that discourages leaders from …

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Five From The Island: 23 Oct 20

In this week’s Five from the Island we begin by adding Amazon to the growing list of large employers extending work-from-home into mid-2021 and perhaps beyond.  Following up on the buzz around workers relocating to less expensive zip codes to work-from-home, we cover the “ZoomTown” boom in the West.  Look in the bonus items at …

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Five From The Island: 16 Oct 20

This week we continue to cover CEO philosophy and opinions about remote work, including leaders like Slack’s Stewart Butterfield. Trust emerges again as an essential component in remote working, especially in performance management.  We follow the impact of workers choosing to relocate, including an article about top tech companies falling into line with pay cuts …

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Five From The Island: 9 Oct 20

This week we cover a lot of ground: from tech giant Microsoft joining big employers in inviting workers to stay home permanently (and with “geopay” comp adjustments if they move), to the ergonomics crisis that is spreading across kitchen tables and spare bedrooms and home offices everywhere. Yes it’s a pain in the neck (and …

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Five From The Island: 25 Sept 20

This week we explore ways to sustain productivity, note two tech giants as they adjust their thinking and policies around remote work, and examine the return of Virtual Desktops (something first done at scale by Sun Microsystem way back in the 1980s, and is having a renaissance of sorts). We also share an article exploring …

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Five From The Island: 18 Sept 20

This week we explore how we think about offices, sober reminders that a number of leaders in large companies are still resistant to long term remote working, to some good news about how visionary companies are recognizing remote as a permanent pillar and creating new positions to manage and improve. We include an article that …

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Five From The Island: 11 Sept 20

Each week we’ll bring you a curated set of “good reads” from across the Remote Work landscape, including tips and tricks, important news, and thought leadership about remote work. This week’s Five: 1.  What about Location? Will remote work create new notions of “location” and what about the centers of work that have been built …

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