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    Wow ๐Ÿ˜€
    Amazing update, Hrishikesh. Time to start utilizing this right away!ย 

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      Congrats Ashley! ๐Ÿ‘

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        Lovely topic, though I'd hate it if companies use the answer to lower salaries. I've personally been working from home for over 10 years now on my own business, and a lot of people told me to get an easy government job while keeping my own work. One of my main issues was always commute time.ย 

        I asked someone "Would you take 100 KWD (~$350) cut if I removed all cars from the road for your commute?". He said he'll double that just to remove the taxis from there. This was ofcourse just theoretical to show how bad commute to work was. Throw in remote-work, and definitely a lot of people will be happy to do it. Several reasons

        1- Save on commute time: This is usually 1.5-2 hours daily. This is time you can use to sleep better, do your hobbies, go out, or have more family time.

        2- No stress from commute: Some studies showed long time in traffic jams can have serious effect on person's health.

        3- Less laundry/planning/preparing to go to work.

        4- You can live in far cheaper more beautiful place.

        5- You can even travel the world while working remotely!

        The conflict is interesting as some companies now are using remote work to lure in talents, Switzerland is forcing companies to pay rent for remote workers, as they are using their own home as office, while I expect other companies will impose pay cut for remote workers on the long run.

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          thank you very much Bashar for this - you are spot on - yes studies are showing that people are willing to take pay cuts to live a lifestyle they desire.

          I think this new normal will increasingly put pressure on employers to innovate their comp and ben strategies beyond a mere salary cut to be able to attract this increasingly growing talent base.

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            Great take and ummary, Bashar. Of course, the future is quite uncertain and also exciting. Will be interesting to see how your predictions play out.

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              Great post, Bashar! Absolutely agree with the reasons you stated.

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              My reply - ๐Ÿ‘

              (We are a startup with about 10 employees)

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              The main benefit of emojis, I think, is that they provide an additional way to convey information, which is highly needed in written communication. As we all know, voice tonality and body language is a big part of the meaning in verbal communication - and we miss those in written communication.

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              Consider this comparison - how much the emojis strengthen the message:

              "This is okay."

              "This is okay. ๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘"

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              Or even this one - how many words 2 emojis replace:

              "Yes, this is an okay way to do it, and I'm fine for us to proceed with it."

              "๐Ÿ™‚๐Ÿ‘"

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              Maybe it depends on industries... and demographics of the people involved?

              Cultural awareness is needed (just like in verbal communication).

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              I've seen a study that reports 80% of professionals approve the usage of emojis in professional written communication, while 20% are against it.

              But this was before Corona and before all-remote teams.

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              So what do YOU think?

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                Great examples Boris. I know people can also go overboard at times and that might cause problems in a work setting. For ex. emojis with hearts or kisses can be interpreted in a very wrong way. I believe it's important for managers to lay down some ground rules in the regard.

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                  It's a good point!

                  I think it depends on the size of the organization and the culture.

                  For a small company (5-20 people), I think it is fine to set a good example. If someone is doing something awkward, it is possible to notice it and give some guidance to the person directly.

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                    Good point! Wonder if there are companies that have an emoji policy? Like a set of appropriate emojis to be used just within the workspace ๐Ÿค”

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                From my observations in hiring people,
                people typically consider equally good to work on-site vs. remote with 10-20% pay cut.

                However, in practice when making job offers, it's hard to convince people to change a job, and it is hard to convince people to go down in salary.

                So in practice, I've noticed that 20% salary increase works well to motivate people to change their job. Of course, this is quite rule of thumb advice, for example, if you have a great employer brand, it will be easier.

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                  Agreed, Boris. I think most people living in large cities would be much more interested in taking a 10-20% pay cut to work remotely than in other regions.ย 

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                    agree with you Boris - throw in incentives like cheaper cost of living, healthier lifestyle, closer to nature or hometowns,ย 

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                  Very interesting! I could use this advice while working with clients across multiple timezones.ย 

                  In practice, you just assume that no one is online in your timezone. Just assume that you are the only person in the company online at a given point of time.

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                    Absolutely Ermira!

                    The beauty of making this assumption is that the onus is on you to give as much context as possible in your written message to them.

                    This is because the downside of the client not understanding your message and then getting back to you with "I can't understand what you are asking" kind of message, would mean that you have to explain again, etc. - all of which creates a huge amount of delay.

                    Assuming a certain sense of async disciplines people to not be lazy with their communication and to know that poor messages will only result in long-drawn and low productivity conversations.

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                    Hello everyone! My name is Steven, and I am a data science student at Minerva - a fully-remote US university where students travel to and live in a different country every semester.

                    This summer, I built One Word Domains, which is a tool that allows you to browse through a list of all the available one-word domains out there. After a successful Product Hunt launch (got to #2!) and getting featured on the front page of Hacker News, I've received over 35,000 unique visitors and who bought 650+ domains from the site!

                    Looking forward to getting to know all of you here - I've been doing remote work for over 4 years now and I love every second of it, so feel free to reach out to me for tips & tricks on how to navigate remote working!

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                      Hey Steven, Glad to have you on the clan :)ย 

                      I read your previous post and it was quite interesting. I often find myself spending hours finding a simple & short domain name that isn't taken and one-word domains is an actual problem-solver. Also, would love to hear your remote learning experiences.ย 

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                        Hey Emira! Thanks a lot for the warm welcome! I'm glad you found value in One Word Domains - it always makes me happy to hear testimonials from users on how much the tool has helped them! As for Minerva - I'll definitely share more about that on this platform in the near future, but feel free to ask me any questions that you might have about it! :)

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                      They don't essentially put it as an enemy, though bold statements around the problem they solve and their USPs.

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                        Correct, Pouya. But the bold statements are sometimes far from reality like in the case of Slack who were termed as an 'email killer' but in the end failing miserably :/ Again, it was more like a marketing technique rather than a problem that they were actually trying to solve.

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                          Agreed- Kinda marketing only

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                        Re: Hey, the marketing buzz on that was definitely immense, at least on Twitter.

                        Would be curious to see the conversion on that though if they ever release or if there's insight made public somewhere.

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                          For sure - the foudnders have such a big following and they have the ability to mobilise them. Strong opinions and playing the "David vs Goliath" card perfectly has helped them quite often.

                          For all their transparency, I doubt they will release the conversion numbers though. But, as much I have seen for many indie hackers, mobilising Twitter audiences is a really important part of their sales. So, should be the same for Hey too.

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                            Thatโ€™s true, Justin. I was more interested in the numbers too, and even listened to a few Rework podcasts but all the founders say is that it was an overwhelming hit

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                                I see you have decided to only talk in gifs today :P

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                                    ๐Ÿคฃ

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                                  I'm thinking if we should have a new badge called 'Meme Lord'

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                              Great story, Niall. Absolutely loved watching your travel adventures. Seems like there is no looking back now!

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                                Haha, definitely no looking back. Onwards ๐Ÿ˜Š

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                                I started Shine Bootcamp last week! It has been incredible to see how a "built-for-live" experience has been adapted to a remote format. This is the first year they have an international cohort and it has made the experience that much richer.ย 

                                If you ever plan conferences or look for speakers, consider checking out the speaker showcase in early October for potential speakers. https://www.conference.shinebootcamp.com/

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                                  Super, congrats Nancy! Sorry for missing out on this - I was actually not aware of it. I will note this for next week :)

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                                    This is really amazing ๐Ÿคฉ
                                    Really excited to see people from diverse backgrounds come together for this event.ย 

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                                      Actually, I added it to the same post. Sorry again for missing out!

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                                      It is perhaps this very same culture that made them competent enough to challenge the top tech and media giants. Ultimately, I think it comes down to what its employees feel about this, and if it had actually helped them grow in a competitive environment.ย 

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                                        I doubt the 24/7 part of their culture has made them any more competent and it surely isn't sustainable anyway. A fiercely competitive environment might seem fine for a short time at best but when we talk about years of work & people's career, it surely doesn't make sense.

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                                        Congrats on the funding @taras-481 ๐Ÿ™Œ

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                                          Thank you very much for featuring @Calbot! Very excited to be a part of this weekโ€™s top tools ๐Ÿค—

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                                            Cheers Taras :)

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                                              Congrats on being featured! I have been using a similar scheduling app previously but it was really complicated to use (Had lots of unnecessary features). Iโ€™ll try out Calbot and see if itโ€™s suitable for me

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                                                Thank you @krasniqiwinkler :) Let me know what you think and feel free to email at taras@calbot.cc ๐Ÿค—

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                                              Sounds fun, Scott! How often do these sessions last? Planning to try this out with my colleagues

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                                                Thanks! We found that a half hour feels just right. Itโ€™s weekly, which at any other (non-pandemic time) might seem to frequent, but I think bi-weekly would work as well.

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                                                I believe it is important for companies to properly outline potential issues and work towards finding the right solution. I think the solutions mentioned in your blog will be really beneficial for teams who are having trouble getting remote work right. Great post!

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                                                  Thanks, Ermira Krasniqi! Most companies that are working remotely have not been built to work remotely. That means it takes conscious steering to get there. Understanding the challenges ahead is a great start.

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                                                  Helpful post, Ashley. I think you have covered most of the essential factors. Would like to know what other digital nomads think of this as well :)

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                                                    Seems to be a great idea! I do something quite similar like preparing plans for the next day but havenโ€™t yet structured it the way you have. Itโ€™s more sort of on a casual manner :)

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                                                      Great product @tanishsehgal-434. I have always been searching for a simple tool for project management. The existing ones have loads of unnecessary features for makers and are quite sophisticated. Will try this soon :)

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                                                        Thanks, @krasniqiwinkler !! Glad you liked it.

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                                                        Hey @emilieschario-16

                                                        I really like how you took care of yourself by joining a gym to alleviate isolation and this is something that I want to take up as well. Just wanted to know if Covid-19 brought a change to your self-care routine?

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