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    I enjoyed reading your story, Jordan. ย It is great to hear that you are working on a new book! Wishing you all the best :)

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      thanks Ashley!

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      This is a great idea and a much-needed tool!

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        Recognizing remote employees is a simple way to keep them engaged and motivated.ย 

        Lately, companies have taken a new approach by giving out social media praises when an employee makes an achievement. I believe it is great to recognize their efforts and give them a shoutout on social media.

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          Hi Ashley๐Ÿ‘‹ ย 

          Thank you for sharing. Yeah, I agree! People rarely receive praise for their hard work, so finding ways to recognize remote employees for their effort makes a huge difference. It's interesting to find out the new approach =) I am curious what motivated you to start that =) Are there more benefits compare to keeping recognition internally?

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          Welcome, everyone! ๐Ÿ‘‹ย 

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            Thanks for sharing this report, Rachel!

            I was fairly surprised to learn that 70% of employees preferred the hybrid model following the pandemic.ย 

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              I think people miss their coworkers & want to get together at some level but also really appreciate the flexibility remote work provides. What's your take?

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              For me, afternoons are the perfect time to take a short break from work. During this time, I usually have my lunch, head outside for a walk, or just unwind.ย 

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                Thanks so much for the mention! Was a fun week for Butter :-)

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                  Congrats on being the #5 product of the month! ๐Ÿš€

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                  Hey Brendan, congrats on the launch!!

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                    Hey Everyone! I'm an opera singer turned wellness guru (all things nutrition, yoga, and sound healing) that's now forging a mindful path with the #1 Flowstate app, Centered! I came to the tech start up world via my network marketing business with Arbonne, a holistic wellness company, which I've been building for the past 7 years. I help people to get healthy and happy through our wellness products. Unlike what I thought I knew about "one of those companies," Arbonne has truly been a game changer for me and I am so grateful that I decided to do something that so many were against. And now it has led me to the tech start up world working with Centered as a Growth Strategist!! I'm currently based out of Long Beach, NY, spend my winters in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico, and now looking for my next remote WFH destination. I'm so grateful to be here!!

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                      Hey Sammi, it was nice reading about your journey ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. Happy to have you here!

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                        Thanks so much Ashley! It's great to connect with you. Looking forward to chatting with you more about all the things, and noodles of coure. ;-)

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                        Hey Sammi - I'm just finishing up working from Cozumel. Love to hear your next stop. I'm currently reseraching Turks and Caicos, Bonaire and maybe the Caymans (scuba diving required!). Love to hear your criteria for choosing...besides good wifi! :)ย 

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                          Hey Heather, I'm all about the scuba diving too and I can speak on the beauty of Bonaire, hands down the best scuba I've down. Although I do hear amazing things about Turks and Caicos. At the moment, I'm up in NY for the sping and summer softball seasons with a short trip out to the west coast in May and then again in July. I'm looking for somewhere exotic for the fall and great scuba diving would be a total plus. I also love taking advantage of the value of the American dollar and making it stretch far. Let's connect, perhaps we can arrange a fun buddy dive trip.ย 

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                            Just got a notice of cheap flights to the Caribbean from Scott's Cheap Flights. Gonna try and score trips to Turks and Caicos, Belize and Bonaire. Then BACK to Utila off the coast of Honduras.ย 

                            I'll let you know my dates and where I (hopefully) find a hostel or cheap lodging...

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                          Hey Sammi, welcome again :)

                          You've a truly inspiring journey -- look forward to chatting more on the Clan!

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                          Thanks for sharing Vanessa. Look forward to the webinar!

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                            Lots of opportunities going forward for remote oriented businesses and those tat support them. Looking forward to the future!

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                              Well said, Joe. The pandemic has advanced remote working and it's only set to grow in the next few years.

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                              Oh yes, totally. I saw this on Twitter too. The story is nothing less than horrifying. She was conned for months - wonder how there was not even a single read flag.

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                                Right? I mean, I'd imagine if you reached the point of applying for a visa, you'd have run into some inconsistencies or indicators of something fishy going on... ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™‚๏ธ

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                                Thanks for the suggestions Prithvi. I never even knew such a genre existed in podcasts ๐Ÿ˜…

                                I am usually listening to business or marketing podcasts.

                                Will give this a try. I like reading thriller books & watching true crime on tv (although very rarely now) so I might end up liking it.

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                                  That's a great set of resolutions, Sophia ๐Ÿ™Œ

                                  Here's how my current list looks like:

                                  - At least one week-long vacation (I did terribly with regards to holidays in 2020)

                                  - Travel to at least one new place (city/country)

                                  - Complete reading at least 4 books through the year (again, did terribly in 2020 - the count was 0)

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                                    Aw waw, you didn't take a week-long holiday๐Ÿ˜ณ? Are you working in the US?ย 

                                    I'm used to having 5 weeks per year in France and I feel more and more that it's not enough to totally restore. Some friends say that we should have a week of vacation every 6 weeks to keep a healthy rhythm.ย 

                                    All the best for your resolutions!

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                                    Thank you @justinahn @ashleythomas @Borisov91 @hanadi-540 @aldalima for being such amazing community members ๐Ÿ™Œ

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                                      Thank you for building such a great community :-)

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                                        My pleasure! Thank you for the Remote Clan ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ‰

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                                          Thanks a lot, Hrishikesh

                                          Glad to be a part of Remote Clan, and look forward to contributing more in 2021. Happy new year, folks!

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                                          Good story, Meghan ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

                                          Informal Slack channels are a fun way to get to know the rest of the team. Our team also has a similar Slack channel where we share memes and jokes.

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                                            - Getting my transition plan ready. I'm leaving my current employer this December and joining Postman in a few weeks.ย 

                                            - Plan a basic itinerary for the new year trip.ย 

                                            - Finish lubing my Gateron switches. Building my own mechanical keyboard.

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                                              Cool I would also like to see your mechanical keyboard.ย 

                                              As I am also a fan of mechanical keyboard.๐Ÿ˜…

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                                                That's pretty cool. I've heard some very positive things about Postman too. Congrats!

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                                                  Some really cool plans Prithvi.

                                                  Congrats on joining Postman ๐Ÿ‘I know a friend that works there and it's a great company to be a part of.

                                                  Where are you headed for the new year?

                                                  Do share pictures of the mechanical keyboard when you're done, a how-to post would be even better - would love to read.

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                                                    Thanks :)ย 

                                                    Going to Munnar. Needed a break. I havenโ€™t taken a vacation in over two years. So, wanted to relax a bit before joining Postman.ย 

                                                    Sure. I had a lot of plans to post under the hobbies topic. But with Aliexpress ban in India not sure if I can continue building MKBs. ๐Ÿ˜ญ

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                                                      Great stuff - well deserved break!

                                                      Ah, that's an unnecessary setback for you ๐Ÿ˜The components aren't available elsewhere or are they expensive otherwise?ย 

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                                                        Only from China. So I have to rely on AliExpress.ย 

                                                        Parts aren't available in India. Even if they are it's two or three times the price.

                                                        Now I have to find a new hobby.

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                                                          Damn, that's a bummer :/

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                                                      Finally received the last part yesterday evening. Spent the whole day lubing, taping, and building it. Here is a glimpse.

                                                      Still a lot of work left for it to be perfect. Sold the board for 20K. ๐Ÿ˜‡

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                                                        This looks really amazing Prithvi!

                                                        Wow, I didn't know mechanical keyboards are so expensive. But I am guessing it's primarily because you must have used high-quality components and also since it's hand-made :)

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                                                    Hey everyone,

                                                    I am Anil co-founder of VadooTV .ย  Our mission is to bring the next million business online with video. If you are a edutech institute, tutor, digital marketer, online business you can reach out to us. You can take care of growing the business, we will do the video hosting and management.

                                                    We have opened up our free trial for beta users for anyone interested in growing videos on your platform. You can start with our product from here https://vadoo.tv/contactus.html .

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                                                      Hey Anil, Welcome :)

                                                      Vadoo looks really cool - some pretty strong features you're offering. I will give this a try soon. When did you launch it publicly & do you already have paying customers?

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                                                        Thanks a lot Hrishikesh. We have been running with offline with known paying customers but we are now opening it up for public access for beta users.ย 

                                                        Will reach out to you with an invite code for a trial

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                                                          Super - we're already connected on email :)

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                                                        It's all about videos lately, and I'm really excited to keep an eye on it. Nice to have you in the clan :)

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                                                          Thanks Ashley. Would you be interested in testing out the trial. I will send you a private dm

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                                                        To be honest, as a person who has managed engineering teams for 10 years or so, accountability is a word I try to avoid like the plague. Agile guru Allen Holub summarizes it pretty well in a couple of tweets:

                                                        > "Accountability" and "commitment" are the language of control. A system built on trust and psychological safety doesn't require either concept, because reliably doing your best is the norm. Nobody has to be held accountable for not meeting commitments.

                                                        > Do you "manage" your spouse? Do you "hold them accountable" for cleaning the kitchen? Is "accountability" central to the relationship?ย 

                                                        > The word "accountability," is a red flag for me. That word usually means "somebody to blame," which effectively destroys any hope of experimentation. A culture of experimentation is essential if you intend to work in an Agile way.

                                                        I instead tend to think/talk in terms of taking responsibility and asking for help when you need it. We shouldn't be afraid if things don't go the right way. We should try to build a trusting, open environment in our teams where people speak up if things aren't go well - even if it's about getting distracted due to working remotely. We need to get the fear out of the system.

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                                                          Interesting perspective Kevin. I like that we should be talking in terms of taking responsibility & asking for help instead but how do you put this objectively or track it?

                                                          In my case, for example, I know I shouldn't be distracted by household chores (say, making lunch) during the day but it's easy for me to make exceptions. However, when I have a daily tracker & hold myself accountable for what I do during the day, I never take a break to do any household chore.

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                                                            If this is about what works for you personally, then do whatever works for you. My point was more about that I wouldn't want that sort of language of "accountability" to permeate the team because that's when people start waiting too long to ask for help on things, where the blame game starts, etc.

                                                            But in terms of figuring out how to get stuff done yourself, you do you.

                                                            If you're struggling with distractions, I'd recommend Indistractable by Nir Eyal: https://www.nirandfar.com/indistractable/

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                                                              Got it. That makes sense.

                                                              Yes, I had read good things about the book but never got to reading it. Maybe I will pick it up now.

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                                                          @aldalima @shannonodonnell-530 @dinoscool3 @taige-19 Would love to hear your experiences & thoughts around this!

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                                                            Interesting approach on Hawaii's part. I imagine it will work too, it has the same appeal and is facing the same issues of all the popular remote work destinations: great setting and lower cost of living. Pitfalls for locals is that it drives up housing costs, but then it also adds longer-term value with money infused in the economy and less friction with neighbors since tourists are replaced with mostly more respectful people. I dig the idea and hope it's a success. The government seems aware of the downsides and conscious remote workers could help mitigate issues by coming with respectful attitudes. I look forward to hearing how it goes in the coming months/years for those making the leap!

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                                                              Great points Shannon. I think there's way more upside to such programs than the downsides. So I am also very bullish on such programs - let's see how things pan out!

                                                              Are you currently travelling already or have plans in the coming months? And do the new visa programs seem lucrative to you?

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                                                                No traveling with the pandemic and such, but since 2018 I have been living in Spain, partly because of the low cost of living here and the flexible visa. You need 26,500 euros a year from non-European sources to obtain a non-lucrative visa. To me that was a pretty attractive offer and it has worked out wellโ€”for me and for my host country. I have to have private insurance and cannot work here, so I just spend money at local businesses. I think when these are done well, and ensuring that there are some thresholds in place to prevent foreigners from becoming a drain on local economies, that it can be a powerful way to drive in $ but without some of the same pitfalls of rampant overtourism.

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                                                              Haven't been to Hawaii in years, but I've heard it can be expensive cost of living wise. I do know those who work there and enjoy it, but it wouldn't be my choice. Beaches are not my thing, and I like low cost of living.ย 

                                                              I think countries in Eastern Europe especially could capitalize on ideas like this though. Offer a visa, and an airplane ticket and I'm sure many would jump on it, I know I would if the details lined up. I believe some have offered similar offers in the past.ย 

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                                                                Interesting point. I did a quick Google search just now & read that you need $122,000/yr in salary to live there comfortably! That's very expensive.

                                                                But yes, the concept in itself is great. So if places with lower cost of living adopt such an approach, I can clearly see an influx of people happening there.

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                                                                  I think for Hawaii, who theyโ€™re attracting is what makes it more โ€œaffordableโ€. They arenโ€™t seeking digital nomads, but rather those living in Silicon Valley who make a good salary that goes a hell of a lot further outside of California.

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                                                                That's very interesting! I've never been to Hawaii but it is definitely one of the top places in my bucket list!

                                                                I am going to take a closer look at the official Movers and Shakas website, but yes, the cost of living would be an issue right now. Like you just said though, this might make other places with a lower cost of living do the same, so that's great news.

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                                                                  Absolutely! Let's hope others follow suit soon ๐Ÿ˜Ž