21st Century Work Life - remote working, virtual teams and flexible working.

The world of work is changing. Our attitudes to work are changing. The 21st Century Work Life podcast looks at different ways of earning a living, of using technology at work and of managing teams. If you're working in a conventional office, if you're part of a virtual team or if you just want to find out how our attitudes to work keep evolving, join Pilar Orti and guests every week. And if you're working in a virtual team or are a remote worker, pop in every other week for virtual coffee with Lisette Sutherland - she's got great advice for you! Pilar Orti blogs at Virtual, not Distant.




      episode 143: Building a Team of Premium Virtual Assistants

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      We meet Sandra Lewis, founder and CEO of Worldwide101, a company made up of premium virtual assistants.

      Sandra talks about how she set up the company, after noticing the number of freelancer websites popping up.

      She talks about how she assembled the team, the importance of values and of loving to work remotely.

      How the company is organised: a small management team plus +100 virtual assistants, working in the US and Europe.




      episode 142: Why Are We Rushing to be Productive?

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      Why does everyone want to be “busy” all the time and why are so many of us rushing around? Join Pilar and Lisette for today’s virtual coffee.

      Thanks to our listener Louise for her feedback on the article we discussed in episode 140 on sensors in the workplace.


      Pilar mentions two other shows: Management Café and Evidence Talks

      If you have any articles or ...



      episode 141: Psychological Flexibility with Richard M

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      In today’s episode, Richard A. MacKinnon explains the concept of psychological flexibility and how we can change our behaviour to be values-led rather than emotion-led.

      If you enjoy this episode, check out the ten episodes of the Management Café podcast and Evidence Talks.


      Richard on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WorkLifePsych

      Psychological Flexibility – it can be developed. The fact that prof...



      FIckle Friday: Employees feel monitored because of need for speed

      Further reflections after yesterday's episode on how employees are being tracked so that customers can get better service.  I also came across this article to complement our short discussion on the nature and future of education:  Who's Building the Infrastructure for Lifelong Learning by Linda Gratton. http://sloanreview.mit.edu/article/whos-building-the-infrastructure-for-lifelong-learning/



      episode 140: Sensors in the office, LinkedIn Data and more!

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      In this episode, Pilar and Lisette discuss five articles that have caught their eye in the last few months.

      (1) Scraping data from LinkedIn to get insights into your employees. Hmm…

      “The law's authors could not possibly have envisioned such a scenario when drawing up the bill. (You’ll hear that often - this isn’t the first time an ancient law has been crowbarred into a modern dispute.)”

      Are laws falling behind the world of work? ...



      Episode Appearances

      Before contacting me to appear in the podcast, or on behalf of a potential guest, please listen to this episode. 

      If you are a listener, go ahead just sent me a note, we don;t have to record a full episode, anything will do. Just email me and we can talk. Or go to virtualnotdistant.com and use the contact form.

      If you've just come across the podcast and think it might be good to appear in it, make sure you like the tone; make sure you will enjoy talking to me (not ...



      How to Stop Worrying About Whether People Are Getting the Work Done at Home

      Just touching base with you today while I catch up with the backlog of conversations. Here's a little blog post that was quite popular last month: "How to Stop Worrying about Whether People are Getting the Work Done at Home". If you prefer to read the blog post, here's the link: https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/blog/how-do-you-measure-results-in-remote-team



      episode 139: Don’t Ditch Those Update Meetings… Yet

      In this episode, Pilar explains the benefits of having regular update meetings with your remote team.

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      Pilar mentions this article by Amy Edmondson and Bror Saxberg Putting Lifelong Learning on the CEO Agenda.


      (We cover Psychological Safety also in Episode 9 of Management Café.)

      If you would like to be a Beta ...



      episode 138: Cultural Differences in Virtual Teams

      In this episode Pilar talks to Nancy Settle-Murphy about the challenges of working with people based in other countries.

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      In the introduction, Pilar shares the different reasons why people might not be acting on feedback, or asking for clarification:

      Avoiding losing face Seeking harmony Unconditional respect for authority Lack of trust

      She mentions this previous episode with Hugo Messer on working in global teams: ...



      episode 137: Under New Management

      In this episode, Pilar talks to David Burkus, author of “Under New Management”, an overview of those organisations experimenting with new ways of leading teams and managing people.

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      David Burkus is the author of Under New Management: How Leading Organisations Are Upending Business as Usual. Grab the book now!

      We reflect o...