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    Thank you for sharing this Mark! The current conflict between Apple employees and management about the return to the office is part of a larger issue of organizations assuming employees need hybrid work.

    If the pandemic has shown us anything, is that remote work is the best option for many employees and they shouldn't have to give it up to meet company standards.

    In our most recent article Remote First Vs. Remote Friendly: A Pivotal Battle In Hybrid Work Models, we talk about how to conduct an organizational analysis to see how your employees feel about remote work, which processes should continue to be done remotely, and the hybrid models available to you.

    Most importantly we talk about the difference between remote-friendly and remote first and why distributed teams benefit the most from a remote-first model.

    Let me know what you think!

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      There are many interesting points in your article. I particularly liked the explanation about the different types of remote work models. Thank you for sharing this useful resource!

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      Wonderful story! It was especially interesting to hear about your travels in Thailand. How did you stay focused while working remotely during the initial days?

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        Thanks Mark! The main thing I used to stay focused was constantly reflecting on the corporate world I'd have to go back to if remote didn't work out. As a daily reminder, I even saved depressing pictures of corporate cubicles on a Pinterest board that opened when I opened my browser each day!

        Hope you're enjoying the remote life wherever you are.

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        This is a fantastic article about WFA and I appreciate you for sharing it here :)

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          you are welcome Mark ๐Ÿ˜

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          Thanks for sharing your detailed launch plan on PH. Very impressive! You have my support ๐Ÿ™Œ

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            Thank you! Will write an update post on the day on after the launch to recap everything ๐Ÿ˜Š

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            Great story, Sean! You mentioned that distractions are everywhere, so how do you stay focused during the day?

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              Thanks Mark, appreciate the comment! There are a few specific things I do:

              1. Be realistic about my goals for the day. When I have a to do list a mile long, it's easy lose focus on the 1-3 things I REALLY need to get done for the day. So I try not to be realistic about what I can actually do during each work day.

              2. I schedule everything in advance. Every Sunday I figure out when my blocks of work are going to be and make a note of what specifically I'm planning to do in each session. This helps minimize the time wasted saying "hmmm, what should I work on now?" I'll then re-evaluate on Weds to adjust as necessary.

              3. Specifically for writing I put on classical music from spotify, noise-canceling headphones and light a candle. Those things basically shift me into writing/work mode.

              Hope that helps!

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                Thanks for sharing! @sean-1458

                I do something similar by planning out my day in the morning and blocking time off my calendar. That way, I can keep myself on track and avoid any major distractions.

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              Hi Prerak,ย 

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              Through our personal journey and from many โ€œfireside chatsโ€ with remote workers around the world, we have learned that our experiences all have similar hurdles โ€“ you can easily become detached from your co-workers and feel like an outsider within your own company, it can be difficult to grow your network, and the hours spent online researching tips for remote work can quickly add up.ย 


              With the quest of minimizing these daily challenges to improve the day to day life of remote workers around the world, RootLo was born. RootLoโ€™s โ€œwhyโ€ as a company has never strayed since that day, RootLo was curated to be a helpful tool for remote workers to help them achieve a more satisfying day to day lifestyle.ย 

              Take a look at: https://rootlo.com/download-rootlo-for-mobile/

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                Hey Luis. Rootlo is surely interesting. Thanks for sharing the story behind building this tool.ย 

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                  Thanks Mark - down for a virtual coffee? https://calendly.com/rootloluis/15min

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                Hi everyone ๐Ÿ‘‹

                I am a software engineer working remotely for 4 years now. My base is in Delhi, India.

                I like to spend my time on frontend solutions, data visualizations, and e-commerce. I am always available for teaching/mentoring & freelancing.

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                  Welcome, Dhruv. Nice to have you here!ย 

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                  'Digital Nomads Beyond 50' is a global resource network for those who currently travel/work remote, plan to, or are curious about this life. DNB50 aspires to inform and inspire those in their late 40's+ to live location independent.

                  We are conducting experience interviews with DNs. If you'd like to share your Beyond 50 story, send a message.

                  Facebook Group and Page active; website launch Sat 6 Feb. Join DNB50

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                    Great initiative, Siobhan. Thanks for sharing this :)

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                      Thanks Mark ! Let me know if you'd like to be interviewed

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                    Thanks for sharing this interesting feature on Docs. Not sure how I missed that :/ I'll definitely give it a shot.

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                      I don't think they will still be needed.

                      I think working 40 hours from home equals more hours in an office because you don't get the usual distractions and socializing you get in an office. I'd say 8 hours in an office could maybe equal 6 hours at home, depending on what you do?

                      So yes, I agree this might change in the future ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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                        Agree with you, Alda. Cheers!

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                        Hey everyone,

                        Delighted to be a part of the community. I run a not for profit organization that empowers people to build open source software.ย 

                        I am currently trying to run an org, dev ops, and educational programs using mostly open source tools and then proprietary tools where there are grey areas or a lack of tech.ย 

                        I am currently using Discord, Github, Figma. I think there are interesting areas to explore like Gitlab, Strapi, Mattermost, and n8n.io.

                        I genuinely believe the community can come up with a tech stack for remote orgs that allows people around the world to get work done effectively. Any amount of help or collaboration I can get or provide on that front would be my pleasure, as it would add immense value and ease to my workflow.ย 

                        Glad to be a part of the Remote Clan!

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                          Hey Arsala,

                          Welcome again :)

                          Love the work you're doing and your vision. Is it just you managing Grey Software on your own entirely or do you have a team that helps out? Wondering if you also have short, sporadic contributions by people helping out on the side just like for other open-source projects.

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                            Nice to have you on Remote Clan. Cheers!

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                            Thanks for the insight, Hrishikesh. Before making such remote program announcements, countries and cities should prioritize improving their remote infrastructure. Good to see Ireland moving forward in the right direction.

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                                Oh, what an honor! Thanks for including me ๐Ÿ™‡ ๐Ÿ˜

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                                  Thanks @hrishikesh

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                                    Congrats everyone ๐Ÿ‘

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                                    Completed the survey, Joe.

                                    As Hrishikesh pointed out, the challenge is to determine whether the candidates are suitable for remote work. I have come across a few questionnaires that help to identify such candidates but we haven't yet given it try.

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                                      Thanks for doing that, Mark.

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                                      Interesting and easy to implement. Thank you for sharing :)

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                                        Glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ™‚

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                                        This week, I have planned to develop a writing habit. Thinking whether starting a newsletter on Substack would push me to build this routine.

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                                          That's nice Mark. I actually did something similar a year or so back. Made a simple structure for a newsletter series and posted it on LinkedIn to see if people would be interested to read. Lot of people commented saying that they would be interested and that's how I began to write regularly.

                                          I don't write that newsletter anymore but it surely got me into the habit of writing :)

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                                          Just read the article and saw that DB spent around $2 Billion on rent and furniture in 2019 ๐Ÿคฏ. I think they have finally understood that employees want flexible schedules and not flashy offices.

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                                              Thanks a lot @hrishikesh! Happy to give any member of the Remote Clan early access to CoScreen, just ping me.

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                                                Thanks @hrishikesh!

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                                                  Congrats everyone! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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                                                  Congrats guys! ๐Ÿ’ฏ

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                                                    Hi all! I'm Maryia, IT project manager based in Memphis TN.ย  I am glad to be a part of remote workers community.

                                                    Here's the gif that best describes my working style haha!

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                                                      Hey Mariya,

                                                      Hahaha, great gif! I've some distance to reach that level of confidence in my ability to win everytime ๐Ÿ˜…

                                                      Welcome ๐Ÿ‘‹!

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                                                        Haha, way to go! How long have you been working remotely?ย