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.




      WLP131 Office Optional

      In this episode, Pilar advocates for an Office Optional approach, where the office becomes one more place where we can work from and how the nature of how we work in those spaces needs to change.


      Why “Office Optional” is a slightly better term than using some of the words that suggest there is a large physical distance between team members.

      (There is a complementary blog post to this episode: https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/blog/office-optional )




      WLP130 Catching Up with the World of Work

      In this episode, Pilar and Lisette discuss a few articles that have caught their eye over the past weeks. 

      (1) Pilar and Lisette discuss a worrying new statistic: one in five employees in the UK are afraid to ask their managers to move onto flexible working. What's going on?

      Articles about flexible working:





      WLP129 Building a Distributed Business

      In this episode Pilar talks to David Horowitz, co-founder and CEO of Retrium about why he created a tool to guide teams through retrospectives and how he’s growing a distributed business.

      How we fall in and out of love with tools.

      The origins of Retrium. Pre-build facilitation techniques in a package.

      (If you would like some inspiration on running retrospectives or review meetings, check out episode 19 of this...



      WLP128 Running an Online Community Event

      In this episode, Pilar and Lisette talk about their recent experience being involved in a day online event on working in virtual teams. This might be of interest if you are involved in organising a virtual event for your team or community. 

      visit www.virtualnotdistant.com

      Lisette’s update, she’s found the perfect editor!

      The Internal Affair and Virtual Team Talk

      The diversity of opinions even in a group that shares a passion for...



      WLP127 Career Progression in Remote Work

      In this episode, Pilar talks to Brie Reynolds, Senior Career Specialist at Flexjobs, about taking control of your career when working remotely.


      Flexjobs has been around now for ten years, enabling people to find telecommuting jobs and other flexible jobs. Brie works there as Senior Career Specialist. 

      Brie's job is to help people find those jobs and she does so in a variety of ways, including organising webinars where...



      WLP126 Are Virtual Teams Dysfunctional?

      In this episode, Pilar and Lisette analyse a recent article by Patrick Lencioni where he recommends to stay away from working as a virtual team.

      Visibility in Virtual Teams from the website. Scroll down the Inspiration page. https://www.virtualnotdistant.com/inspiration

      Other podcasts:
      Management Café
      Evidence Talks

      1) Lisette's holiday
      Why it's so important to keep down stress levels.

      David Burkus podcast Radio Free Leader



      WLP125 Redesigning Workspaces - Work 2.0 Conference

      Welcome to a special episode of the 21st Century Work Life podcast, where I share with you my main reflections after attending the Work 2.0 conference last May 2017, in London and where I bring in the thoughts and opinions of other attendees. Don't forget to visit



      Thank you too to everyone who very kindly agreed to taking part in this episode, it means that listeners get a much more varied view of the world of work, and it’s...



      Fickle Friday: An Internal Affair - Virtual Team Talk

      A short episode to let you know about Virtual Team Talk's Internal Affair on 14 June 2017. 

      If you would like to join us for this Internal Affair, visit www.virtualteamtalk.com



      WLP124 These are a Few of Our Favourite Tools

      In this episode, Pilar and Lisette share their favourite online tools and why they work for them. Can you add any to the list?

      visit www.virtualnotdistant.com

      How important are tools? Get out your pen and paper - or your favourite note-taking app!

      Lisette mentions HuddleWall (though she hasn't tried it out yet).

      We talk about Trello!!!!! (Planner is the Microsoft 365 version.)

      Find out more about Trello and the...



      WLP123 Building a Collaboration Environment

      In this episode, Pilar talks to Chris Slemp about working out loud with teams, creating a collaboration environement and I how remote work has the potential of changing the structure of society. 

      visit www.virtualnotdistant.com

      A little bit of an intro from Chris.


      How Carpool works and how they track how communication flows through an organisation.