The Remote Work podcast is a short-form podcast where the people of Clearword.com discuss everything remote work. From productivity tools to leadership techniques, to general remote and hybrid approaches and workflows.This podcast addresses some of the most common questions you have about remote work as well as interviews people from multiple industries on their approaches to remote and hybrid work. We also discuss with individual to learn about their workflows and the tools they use in their daily remote work.
The Great Meeting Migration
What is The Great Meeting Migration?
Between December 2019 and March 2020, the number of daily meeting participants on Zoom skyrocketed from 10M to 300M.
This surge in virtual meetings has been called “The Great Meeting Migration”. It was thrust upon us, instantly creating a new digital domain of work, where colleagues were pixels and meeting rooms were screens.
In this post we look at "what is" the GMM. If you're not interested in listening, have a look at our original post.
What is Meeting Fatigue?
Describing meeting fatigue and what may be the cause. What do we believe the cause to be, and it is linked to managers not trusting. Why do we hate those meetings so much? Link to meeting migration when done, product posts, always-on culture.
Meetings - they have always been part of our jobs, but never have they felt like such hard work. Since virtual meetings have become the norm, the effects we feel IRL are even more depleting, deflating and demotivating than before. Meeting fatigue is real, and researchers and scientists are delving into its causes and effects, and how it can be managed.
Want to have a read? Check out the original blog post.
The New Distractions
We’ve all had those days - where you’re technically working, but you don’t seem to be getting anything done. Research by Atlassian shows that 80% of distractions at work are trivial in nature, and that less than 60% of our time spent working is actually productive.
Distractions, therefore, have always been part of the job, but over the course of the past two years, how they manifest themselves has changed dramatically.
Don't feel like listening? Have a read on our blog
What The Always-On Culture Is And How To Combat It
Even before the pandemic, it had become increasingly difficult to separate life and work. As an employee, the technology we spend our lives on is often provided by our employers.
Work smartphones, work laptops, work iPads - with all our devices offering round the clock connectivity to our jobs, it’s no wonder it’s so difficult to switch off.
Combine this with an ever-growing proliferation of work-related communication tools like Slack, Zoom, Trello, Discord, and social media sites like LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter that are now so integral to our work, and we find ourselves immersed in a world where we are always aware, always connected, always “on”.
If you prefer reading the whole thing, head on over to the What Is the Always-On Culture original post
Best Remote and Hybrid Communication Tools of 2022
Our work lives are now inextricably linked to the online world, regardless of where we are based. Because of this, all workers, whether fully remote, hybrid or in-office, need to streamline their workflows to sync up with clients and teams. Managers, too, need efficient and effective ways to keep a handle on what’s happening.
In response, a landslide of new platforms and apps that coordinate our collaboration have been developed, to help us work smarter, not harder. We have rounded up the best remote working communication tools of 2022.
- Clearword.com for Meeting and Communication Management
- Timeular.com for Time management
- Spotlight.com for productivity
- Friday for remote workflows
- Notion for organisation and collaboration
- Asana for task and project management
- Remote HQ for collaboration
- Miro for visual collaboration
- Github for software development
If you prefer reading about it, head on over to the blog post for this podcast episode
How To Work Remotely As A Freelancer
Diving straight into the uncertain world of freelancing is a highly risky endeavour. It’s wise to start small, both in terms of time and output. What are your passions outside of your job; maybe you’re social media savvy, or dabble in graphic design, or get a thrill out of writing.
A study by the Academy of Management revealed that businesses launched while the founder is still employed are one-third less likely to fail than those that started out as full-time ventures.
Interested in reading instead of listening? Here's the original post!