The Way We Work
November 1, 2013 by Ryan Fan

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

Week of 11/1/2013:

Wired | BYOS Is Here to Stay, and That’s a Good Thing
Bringing Your Own Device (BYOD) is on the rise as employees continue to use their personal phones, tablets, and laptops to work during off hours. So what’s the next step in moving from company-issued to personalized? Patrick White explains that cloud-based applications like Dropbox and YouSendIt (now Hightail) are driving bottom-up infrastructure development – the trend towards Bring Your Own Software (BYOS). This may have IT managers “freaking out”, but White argues there are significant benefits when workers can mix and match the services that work best for them.

CIO | Nearly Half Telework Under Informal Policy: Study
In a recent survey conducted by Cisco and AUT University, nearly 90 percent of employees in Australia and New Zealand reported teleworking for one or more hours per week – but most businesses have no formal teleworking agreements in place. Not surprisingly, less than half of workers say they’ve received training for best teleworking practices when away from the office. Adam Bender says these informal arrangements leave businesses exposed to a range of issues, from ineffective communication of expectations and technical support, to other “gray areas” like security, expenses, and health and safety issues.

The Telegraph | Tech-savvy Expats Embrace Flexible Working
British expatriates around the world are taking advantage of remote work arrangements, according to research by Natwest International Personal Banking. Elizabeth Roberts details how new workplace tools and flexible work policies are enabling almost 70 percent of British expats to balance personal and professional commitments during the day.

Huffington Post | Is Your Workplace In Sync With Its Own Future?
How is your company responding to transformations in the workplace? Recent surveys show that, despite massive shifts in how we value work – like social responsibility, life balance, and collaboration – most organizations still fail to connect values with work. Pulling from surveys on U.S. employee satisfaction, Douglas LaBier shares his advice for business leaders – and workers – looking to cultivate a forward-thinking culture through tools, available training, and company attitudes towards innovation.

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.

  • Don Naff

    I am appalled. What I want to know is how can people who are really trying to make a living do so when you have these services at such a low rate. I’m living in Anchorage, Alaska. A value-determined rate for the services I offer as a true Microsoft Office expert is around $45-50/hour. There is no way I can live on an hourly wage established by you and your services, even at the $13/hour rate I saw when I first signed on…certainly not at the $3/hour. You are damaging the ability of small business folks to make a decent living for themselves. Unless I’m missing something. If I am, please tell me how. Finding your site has made me very sad today.

    • Jules

      Hi Don,

      Many people are disgusted, in fact it is unfair to successful firms. While we disagree to the unfair services squeezing out small business folks, the move to freelancers are growing and the practical and efficient option will outlast. It is pure capitalism at work..

      Cheers and each business provider find its niche.

      • Don

        I have no problem with freelancers, being one myself. However, there is no way someone is making a living doing Microsoft Office work for $3/hour. Not in any place in the US, anyway. So if these really are the full charge for these services, and if there isn’t some hidden way these people are making money, then there is something seariously wrong.There are places in this country where the $13/hour rate might work, but it certainly undermines the ability of people elsewhere to make a living wage.

        • Patric


          Last time i checked, anyone working for 3 dollars on Odesk can barely speak english :P

          People are willing to pay what your work is worth. If you have issues getting paid at your rate just start off with smaller jobs to build your profile. After completing some jobs I bet you will find people are willing to pay what you deserve based on your professionalism. Odesk is a life saver.