Working Virtually - Tranforming the Mobile Workplace

Working Virtually - Transforming the mobile Workplace

Remote working is the new reality, and transactional work – provided by freelancers, contract employees or consultants – has increased exponentially. It is forecast that as much as half the labor force will be working independently and virtually by 2020.

Most organizations are still grappling with how to effectively manage their virtual staff and how to effectively support and motivate them – an increasingly urgent task as more Millennials join the workforce, bringing changed attitudes to work satisfaction. This book, the fruit of the author’s three decades of experience planning and implementing remote working environments, provides expert guidance for anyone planning a shift to remote working, managing teams of teleworkers, or themselves working in a virtual team.

Working Virtually is for the executive leading changes in an enterprise that is preparing for virtual work or seeking to improve current performance. It offers tools to assess readiness, advice on creating appropriate reward policies, and strategies to adapt performance management processes to be more team-driven and technology leveraged.

Working Virtually is written to and for the virtual leader who wants to establish high performing virtual teams. It provides an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of managing a virtual team, offering a wealth of advice on creating the conditions for collaboration, motivating team members, and identifying and defusing problems.

Working Virtually is for the professional who works remotely from home, on the road, or in an office with remote colleagues. It is for anyone who wants to succeed in this new work environment by developing skills and networks to create a sustained and satisfying career path.

With this new edition providing a 360° view of the roles and objectives of all stakeholders in the virtual workspace, this book uniquely provides readers with a rounded picture of the policies, processes, work habits, and commitments needed to achieve the shared goal of high performance remote teams.

 

The Gig Economy: The Complete Guide to Getting Better Work, Taking More Time Off, and Financing the Life You Want

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From Uber to the presidential debates, the gig economy has been dominating the headlines…and for good reason. Today, more than a third of Americans are working in the gig economy—mixing together short-term jobs, contract work, and freelance assignments. For those who’ve figured out the formula, life has never been better!

The Gig Economy is your guide to this uncertain but ultimately rewarding world. Succeeding in it starts with shifting gears to recognize that only you control your future. Next is leveraging your skills, knowledge, and network to create your own career trajectory—one immune to the whims of an employer.

Packed with research, exercises, and anecdotes, this eye-opening book supplies strategies—ranging from the professional to the personal— to help you:

  • Construct a life based on your priorities and vision of success
  • Cultivate connections without networking
  • Create your own security
  • Take more time off
  • Build flexibility into your financial life
  • Face your fears by reducing risk
  • Prepare for the future
  • And much more

Layoffs…, recessions…, corporate jobs are not only unstable— they’re increasingly scarce. It’s time to take charge of your own career and lead the life you actually want.

 

Give Work: Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time

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“An audacious, inspiring, and practical book. Leila shows how it’s possible to build a successful business that lifts people out of poverty—not by giving them money but by giving them work. It’s required reading for anyone who’s passionate about solving real problems.” —Adam Grant, author of Give and Take and Originals
 
Despite trillions of dollars in Western aid, 2.8 billion people worldwide still struggle in abject poverty. Yet the world’s richest countries continue to send money—mostly to governments—targeting the symptoms, rather than the root causes of poverty. We need a better solution.

In Give Work, Leila Janah offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: incentivize everyone from entrepreneurs to big companies to give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people. Her social business, Samasource, connects people living below the poverty line—on roughly $2 a day—to digital work for major tech companies. To date, the organization has provided over $10 million in direct income to tens of thousands of people the world had written off, dramatically altering the trajectory of entire communities for the better.

Janah and her team go into the world’s poorest regions—from refugee camps in Kenya to the Mississippi Delta in Arkansas—and train people to do digital work for companies like Google, Walmart, and Microsoft. Janah has tested various Give Work business models in all corners of the world. She shares poignant stories of people who have benefited from Samasource’s work, where and why it hasn’t worked, and offers a blueprint to fight poverty with an evidence-based, economically sustainable model.

We can end extreme poverty in our lifetimes. Give work, and you give the poorest people on the planet a chance at happiness. Give work, and you give people the freedom to choose how to develop their own communities. Give work, and you create infinite possibilities.

 

The Startup Owner's Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

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Welcome to The Startup Owner's Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you
* How to incorporate the Business Model Canvas as the organizing principle for startup hypotheses
* How to find Product-Market fit
* How to Get, Keep and Grow customers
* How to fuel growth with metrics that matter

The Startup Owner's Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company.

This book:
* Guides startups of all types in their search for a scalable, profitable business model
* Explains the 9 deadly sins startups commit most often - and helps you avoid them
* Provides separate paths and advice for physical versus web/mobile products
* Explains how to test and iterate your company's road to product/market fit
* Details strategies and tactics for how to get, keep and grow customers
* Teaches a new math for startups -- metrics that matter
* Includes detailed checklists at every step of the process
...and provides hundreds of ideas, watch-outs and "how tos" for founders!

The Startup Owner's Manual lays out the best practices, lessons and tips that have swept the startup world, offering a wealth of proven advice and information for entrepreneurs of all stripes. It is used by thousands of startups, leading universities (including Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Columbia) and the U.S. National Science Foundation, among many others.

Use it in conjunction with The Startup Owner's Manual -- Founder's Workbook (bit.ly/SlPQqc), an interactive tool for tracking your progress through the Customer Development method.

 

Trtl Pillow by Trtl

Neck support for airplanes.

As a digital nomad, finding the right neck pillow for those long flights is vital! This unique options caught our eye.

  • Scientifically proven long-haul flight neck support pillow
  • Holds neck in ergonomic position during rest
  • Better than a traditional u-shaped memory foam travel pillow
  • Half the size of a travel pillow and weighs only 148 grams – travels easy
  • Easily attaches to luggage
 
 

UP3 by Jawbone

Remote work and self care with the Jawbone.

As a remote worker you run the risk of becoming too sedentary.  Now you can work from anywhere and still stay active with one of the best fitness trackers in the market today - the UP3 by Jawbone Heart Rate, Activity + Sleep Tracker. This beast comes with a bunch of loaded features:

  • Heart health monitoring throughout the day

  • Personalized guidance from Smart Coach

  • Advanced sleep tracking automatically capturing REM, Light and Deep

  • Smart Alarm(TM) - silently wakes you at the optimal time in your sleep cycle

  • Syncs wirelessly plus 7 day battery life

  • Android compatibility - UP2, UP3 and UP4 are compatible with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or later

  • iOS compatibility - UP2, UP3 and UP4 are compatible with the following iOS devices: iPhone 4S or newer, iPod Touch 5th generation or newer, iPad 3 or newer, iPad Mini 1st generation or newer, iPad Air 1st generation or newer

 

Juice pack reserve by mophie

Remote workers and digital nomads need extra batteries like this one to succeed.

A remote worker with an iPhone is not complete without a Mophie Juice Pack Reserve - the best iPhone battery case:

  • With the push of a button your iPhone gets 60% extra battery life.

  • It has a built-in rechargeable 1,840mAh lithium-ion polymer battery.

  • The built-in rubberized support pads protect your phone from drops and hard falls.

  • This is the most compact battery case for iPhone 6 by Mophie.

  • It adds only 0.3 inches to the thickness of your phone and weighs in at under 3 oz.

  • What's great about the juice pack reserve is that you don't need to remove your phone from the case; simply leave your phone in the case while charging as it will charge both together!

 

PowerCore 10000 by Anker

Digital nomads and remote workers won't run out of battery life with this power bank.

In today's world, your smartphone is your best friend, not only for remote workers but also for almost everyone. Quite often though our best friend dies on us half way through the day either due to excessive use or lack of access to a power source for an extensive period of time. Anker PowerCore 1000 is the best power bank of 2017 because it is fully loaded with the following features:

  • It's one of the smallest and lightest 10000mAh portable chargers.

  • It provides almost three-and-a-half iPhone 6s charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S6 charges.

  • The exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge for any device.

  • The Qualcomm Quick Charge is not supported.

  • The Anker's MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.

 

Agua by Cotopaxi

Remote workers and digital nomads stay hydrated as you explore the world.

The original nomads carried water in leather pouches because even they knew water is the most essential possession on any journey. The Cotopaxi Agua insulated BPA-Free water bottle is a great choice for a digital nomad like you:

  • The double-walled construction keeps contents hot for 12 hrs and cold for 24 hrs.

  • It's the perfect water bottle for hot summer hikes and an excellent coffee mug for traveling and commuting.

  • Its high quality ring ensures no leaks no matter how you shake it.

  • It is BPA-free and resistant to bacteria and odors providing you with fresh drinking water.

Dimensions: Bottle Height: 500ml- 8 1/4 inches 750ml- 10 inches 1000ml- 12 1/4 inches

Warranty: Cotopaxi products are guaranteed to last 61 years—the average lifespan of a person living in the developing world

 

Natural Silk Sleep Mask & Blindfold by Sleep Restoration

Sleep mask for a remote workers dream sleep.

When you travel and work remotely, sleep is vital. Be a well-prepared digital nomad with this top-of-the-line sleeping mask.

The Sleep Restoration Super-Soft, Extra-Smooth Silk Sleep Mask will relax, rejuvenate, and restore your body and mind! Enjoy a healthier lifestyle by improving your sleep today with this custom design silk sleeping mask:

  • Wake up feeling refreshed and well-rested, enjoying perks like increased energy and a sharper memory.

  • Our silk sleep mask helps you experience a better sleep cycle by providing complete darkness any time of day to ensure deep uninterrupted sleep.

  • Our mask is ideal for men and women.

 

K811 Bluetooth Easy-switch Keyboard for Mac by Logitech

Home office treasure keeps the body aligned while increasing productivity.

Wireless keyboards are a great way to enhance your typing experience. If you are ready to make the switch, there is no better choice than the Logitech K811:

  • It has the same layout as the Mac keyboard and offers amazing whisper-quiet typing.

  • Comfortably use it to access all your Bluetooth enabled Apple devices.

  • It lets you shift seamlessly between Apple devices with a single click and is aesthetically designed with the same high-grade aluminum finish as your Mac.

  • It uses rechargable batteries.

 

K810 Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard by Logitech

Ergonomically designed keyboard for remote workers and digital nomads.

The PC market is overflowing with quality products, but the Logitech K80 wireless keyboard stands out. Combining superior efficiency with no compromise in aesthetics, this is easily the best Bluetooth keyboard of 2017:

  • Whisper quiet typing with automatically adjusting back-lit keys for soft viewing makes this product a wonderful upgrade.

  • It offers connectivity between multiple devices so instead of shuffling between devices you can access them with a simple click on the keyboard making multitasking relatively easy.

  • The K810 is rechargeable so there is no longer a need to replace the batteries.

  • It comes with a range of up to 30 feet so you can work from bed if you work from home or carry it with you anywhere you go.

 

HiRise Deluxe by Twelve south

iPhone micro USB charging stand for digital nomads and remote workers.

Choosing a dock to charge your iPhone can be overwhelming, and recognizing a great product amidst a great number of good products is tough. Remote workers around the world consider the HiRise Deluxe to be one of the best iPhone docks in 2017.  It's a dock that walks its talk:

  • It comes with a MFi-Certified Lightning and Micro-USB cables for charging your iPhone/iPad or any Micro-USB powered device.

  • An included Lightning Cable means you can continue to carry your original cable everywhere you go.

  • The included Micro-USB cable lets you charge your Mophie battery case while on your iPhone.

  • One of the best features of this little stand is that it adjusts to fit so many cases.

  • With a rear support and multiple-height clips, you won’t have to give up your dock when choosing your next case.

  • This charging stand is one of the best iPhone charging stands on the market.

 

HL-L2340DW Compact Laser Printer by Brother

Compact printer ideal for a home office for remote work and digital nomad.

What printer is easy on the budget, flawlessly wireless, puts out sharp prints and is compact enough for a small office desk with low cost printing? The answer is Brother HL-L2340DW, one of the best small laser printers of 2017:

  • This fast and reliable monochrome laser printer is designed with the Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) user in mind.

  • Its compact, desk-friendly size is ideal for smaller offices.

  • It prints sharp professional black and white pages at up to 2400 x 600 dpi resolution.

  • Its fast print speed is up to 27 ppm and supports automatic duplex printing.

  • It has simple wireless setup and supports 802.11 b/g/n connection.

  • It has an adjustable, 250-sheet capacity paper tray.

  • It is priced attractively for SOHO users who keep a close eye on their budgets.

 

OfficeJet Pro 8720 by HP

Clear, versatile, affordable printer for remote workers and digital nomads.

While paperless is ideal, working from home you may still find a need to print, scan, and copy documents. Work from home without relying on anyone when you make the Office Jet Pro 8720 part of your home office. The best all in one printer, HP OfficeJet Pro 8720 has all the features you require:

  • With its mobile printing technology, print from anywhere using your smartphone or tablet.

  • The free HP ePrint app facilitates printing from your iPhone or iPad.

  • AirPrint allows you to print even without a network using Wireless Direct printing.

  • It has advanced paper handling for business with trays or extensions, and a private, hassle-free output.

  • It has advanced duplex capability with single-pass duplex copy/scan.

  • You will spend up to 50% less per page compared with lasers.

  • You get professional-quality, affordable color and versatile all-in-one capabilities.

  • You can easily manage print jobs through the 4.3-inch touchscreen.

  • It is fast, printing up to 24 pages per min in black and white, and up to 20 pages per min color!

 

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off - Sue Thomas

Book for remote workers to reconnect with nature.

Remote workers spend hours staring at screens. However, research shows that a lot of remote workers have chosen this way of life so they can travel and reconnect with nature.

Turns out what we need is more nature, not less technology.

Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age: How to feel better without logging off by Sue Thomas, provides insight about our obsession with nature and technology and how they work together to inspire our lives.

About the Author

Sue Thomas' most recent book is Nature and Wellbeing in the Digital Age (2017). Other titles include Technobiophilia: nature and cyberspace (2013), a study of nature metaphors in internet culture and language; the cyberspace memoir/travelogue Hello World: travels in virtuality (2004); the novels Correspondence (short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1992, The James Tiptree Award, and the European Science Fiction Award) and Water (1994); an edited anthology Wild Women: Contemporary Short Stories By Women Celebrating Women (1994), and Creative Writing: A Handbook For Workshop Leaders (1995). She has written for a wide range of publications including The Guardian, Orion Magazine, Slate, and many others. She was born in Leicestershire, England, in 1951. Her first novel, Correspondence (1992), attracted wide attention in the UK, USA, and Europe. She founded the trAce Online Writing Centre at Nottingham Trent University in 1995 and became Professor of New Media at De Montfort University in 2005. Since 2013 she has been a Visiting Fellow at Bournemouth University and writes full-time.

 

'Life With Breath: Iq + Eq = New You' by Ed Harrold

Breath work and technique to increase productivity and happiness in remote workers.

Working remotely is a great way to reduce job related stress.  However, self management has its own drawbacks. Sometimes you may lack direction.

Imagine a life where you wake everyday feeling absolutely wonderful.

You gently stretch your arms and smile as you think about the day ahead. You feel relaxed, refreshed and full of energy.

You open the window and take a deep breath. You are filled with gratitude for your life, your family and friends and the wonders of the natural world.

Life is good.

This can be your life if you choose it.

Life With Breath is a journey of discovering the mind-body relationship, linked through breath, specifically, yogic breathing. The reader discovers how this serves as a basis for reducing stress, improving health and well-being, building resilience, improving performance AND transforming negative habitual patterns of behavior.

 

'Serenflipity: 30 Everyday Adventure Cards' by Cara Thomas

Increase adventure and connection with other remote workers and digital nomads.

Whether you are working remotely or traveling on an adventure fueled journey, these cards are a great way to feed your appetite for adventure.

Discover more serendipity, connection, and adventure in your life. These 30 cards, with themes of "spark", "connect," and "explore," encourage people to engage with the world and connect in unexpected and exciting ways — from asking a rock-star for a mantra, uncovering the secret to love, or simply making a stranger's day.

The rules are simple: just pick a card and complete the adventure. Take as long as you need, and when you're done, pick a new card and start all over.

Meet the Author

Cara Thomas spent over 10 years inventing award-winning products for Fortune 100 companies. She found that adventure and playfulness led to breakthroughs. In need of that personally, she started Serenflipity as an experiment — and it ended up changing her life.

It started with a one-way flight to Mumbai, and 90 challenges written by 90 friends, clients and strangers. Each day she flipped a card, followed its direction and blogged the tale.

The results were surprising and serendipitous — and even included getting life-changing advice from Steven Tyler.

Cara has launched Serenflipity to encourage that spirit of adventure into everyday life, anywhere in the world.

 

Foldable Solar Backpack by ECEEN

Solar charger backpack perfect for adventure seeking remote workers and digital nomads.


As a frequent outdoor enthusiast or a fan of geeky backpacks, you do not want to miss out on the revolutionary ECEEN Foldable Backpack + Solar Phone Charger - a friend of remote workers everywhere. Here is why we believe this is the best of it's kind:

  • The ECEEN Solar Backpack captures more sunlight than conventional solar panels, so in turn, it generates more electricity per panel.

  • It can store energy to use at night.

  • The removable, compact size solar panel charger is designed for portability.

  • With a stylish look, this pack-able, go-anywhere bag is for super-minimalists who make every gram count.

  • The adjustable and breathable straps make it easy and comfortable to carry all day.

  • It folds into a zippered inner pocket to fit anywhere and unfolds from the pocket to use as a backpack.

  • Being lightweight and roomy, it is a true space saver.

Dimensions: Unfold: 19x13x8.2 inches, Fold: 7.49x7.50x3.0 inches.

 

Personal Water Filter by LifeStraw

Water filter to keep remote workers and digital nomads healthy

Life as a digital nomad is a blast, but it can also take you to corners of the world where water quality is questionable. Save money while staying hydrated with this Personal Water Filter by LifeStraw. It is easily one of the best portable water filters on the market:

  • Removes a minimum of 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns; including Salmonella, E-coli, Giardia and Cryptosporidium

  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals; comes in a sealed bag, perfect for emergency preparedness

  • Provides access to clean, safe drinking water in the event of a natural disaster or survival situation

  • No batteries to replace, no moving parts to wear out

  • Weighs only 2 oz. (54g)

  • Proven, reliable and effective

Don’t waste your money on water bottles! With the LifeStraw Personal Water Filter, have confidence when drinking from the nearest faucet, river or stream.