From the controversial Yahoo remote work announcement to new research on the next generation of workers, we’ve found plenty to talk about in 2013. Over the past year, oDesk executives have shared their thoughts on these topics and more, many drawing from their personal experiences to explore the rapidly shifting world of work.
In revisiting 2013's archives, we've pulled together this list of articles; glance through to see the discussions we’ve shared this year!
Trends shaping the way we work
The Top 4 Career Trends For 2013: VentureBeat, December 2012
This post looked ahead to the trends that would impact the business landscape in 2013.
Marissa Mayer Is Wrong: Freedom For Workers Means Productivity For Companies: Forbes, February 2013
Yahoo! and Best Buy dominated headlines in February when they banned employees from working from home. oDesk CEO Gary Swart explained why he felt the ban was a limiting move: “Work is not one-size-fits-all—and forcing it to be may put your company on the road to extinction.”
Women around the world
Working Moms and the Advice We Give Our Daughters: Women 2.0, April 2013
In a year where work/life balance was a hot topic and books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In made waves, oDesk VP of Marketing Jaleh Bisharat reflected on her career decisions and the impact they’ve had on her family.
7 Habits Of Highly Successful Women In The Future of Work: Huffington Post, August 2013
Bisharat also gave guidance on how women can best position themselves for success in this rapidly shifting world of work.
Advice for startups
From The Jungle To The Highway: 7 Ways To Build And Retain A Strong Team As You Grow: The Next Web (UK), Business Insider Australia, Gründerszene (Germany); June 2013
How do you pick the right startup team, retain and motivate your star players, and keep your organization growing sustainably? Swart offered his insights in this team-building strategy piece.
Entrepreneurs Should Think More Like Athletes & The World Doesn't Need Another Silicon Valley: Inc., November 2013
oDesk VP of International and Enterprise Matt Cooper shared a conversation with Jon Bradford, the Managing Director of Techstars London, about startup communities around the world.
Millennials: The newest generation of professionals
In Defense Of Millennials: LinkedIn Influencers, September 2013
A quarter of new businesses are started by people between the ages of 20 and 34. In this column for LinkedIn, Swart stepped up in defense of Millennials, writing that ”never before...has there been such an entrepreneurial generation.”
It’s Not What You Know, But What You Can Do: Vator TV, June 2013
A new job market reality is emerging—one where career prospects are determined not by educational pedigree, but by skills. In this post, Swart outlined what this shift means for recent graduates.
Talent and business expertise
The Only 4 Dimensions That Matter In Hiring (& Why You’re Probably Evaluating Them Wrong): LinkedIn Influencers, July 2013
Businesses often hire for the wrong reasons. In this post, Swart explains how (and why) managers can make better hiring decisions.
Five Brand Habits Of Successful Businesses: Huffington Post, November 2013
Drawing from her experience establishing brands for OpenTable, Jawbone and Amazon.com, Bisharat shares five habits that can help companies build strong brands.
Did we miss any of your favorite oDesk articles from the past year? Share them in the comments section below!