The Way We Work
December 20, 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 December 25 we will not be publishing the weekly work roundup next week. See you again on January 3rd!

Week of 12/20/2013:

Fast Company | 8 Essential Online Tools For Getting More Work Done
New collaboration and communication tools make working with distributed teams easier than ever before. Between shared workflow management and real-time customer engagement, employees are empowered to contribute from anywhere—inside or outside of the office. Belle Beth Cooper explains how her team at Buffer uses innovative tools to connect with coworkers and customers alike.

KillerStartups | How To Make Working From Home Work For You
Whether you're a recent graduate or an experienced professional, independent work today is more a long-term career path than a side business. Speaking to freelancers and entrepreneurs alike, Emma McGowan shares “A Grad’s Guide to Freelancing,” an infographic that outlines the basics of running a business, with tips and statistics for anyone looking to kick off their freelance career.

Forbes | 10 Ways Millennials Are Creating The Future Of Work
We know that Millennials are entering the workforce at an accelerating pace, bringing new workplace expectations that will reshape the companies of the future. But how? Dan Schawbel identifies some imminent shifts, like increased transparency, stronger collaboration, flexible work arrangements, and a shift away from in-person meetings.

Inc. | The Simple Change That’s Completely Transformed How I Get Things Done
Could cutting travel be the ultimate sanity saver and productivity booster? Drawing from his own personal turnaround, Brad Feld recommends cutting out travel completely to recapture lost creativity and energy. He now utilizes videoconferencing and other distributive work tools to work exclusively from his home base in Boulder, Colorado.

 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.