The Way We Work
November 22, 2013 by Ryan Fan

oDesk’s weekly column brings you the latest news on hiring and managing teams, freelancing, and the future of work.

Editor's Note: Due to the U.S. holiday on November 28 we will not be publishing the weekly work roundup next week. See you again on December 6!

Week of 11/22/2013:

CNN | Making The Case To Work From Home
A vast majority of U.S. companies—88 percent—now allow or encourage telecommuting. Is your office in the minority? Drawing from David Heinemeier Hansson’s recently released book, “Remote: Office Not Required,” Anne Fisher addresses concerns that managers often have about telework. She suggests that emphasizing benefits, like shortened commutes and boosted productivity, while offering solutions for concerns can help convince your manager that telecommuting can work for your team.

Daily Mail | You Don't Have To Start-up In The City To Be A Success
Rather than face a future of student loans and daily commutes, 20-year-old entrepreneur Dom Bracher opted for something else: he founded Kumuva Digital, a mobile app development and marketing company, from his home in the British countryside before he even left high school. In an interview with Amy Andrew, Bracher describes the pros and cons of running a rural business and offers his top advice for others who want to do the same.

Fast Company | 5 Ways To Transform Your Team Into Rock Stars
How do you avoid boring training sessions and engage your team in meaningful professional growth? According to Match Education CEO Stig Leschly, the process starts by hiring the right people and creating a culture of constant improvement. Laura Vanderkam interviews Leschly about Match’s approach and how the same process could translate into the corporate world.

Huffington Post | The Evolution Of Work
The nature of office work is changing at a fundamental level, from flattened hierarchies to cloud IT solutions and new collaborative tools. Jacob Morgan, co-founder of Chess Media Group, shares an infographic that highlights these changes and explains how the workplace of the future is approaching faster than you might think.

Did we miss anything? Are there any insights you find particularly interesting? Let us know in the comments section below!

Ryan Fan

Marketing Intern

Ryan Fan is a Marketing Intern at oDesk. He currently attends Georgetown University in Washington D.C., where he is pursuing a B.S.B.A in Marketing and Management.