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More simple remote work practices from my team

In Work Life by JD Dillon

I’m spending a few minutes every day sharing my ideas and experiences as a remote worker. Today, I’m thinking about the way my team seems to be adjusting so quickly to their new normal. My team has been fully remote for 3 days, and they’re already quite good at it. …

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Running a good remote meeting

In Work Life by JD Dillon

I’m spending a few minutes every day sharing my ideas and experiences as a remote worker. Today, I’m thinking about the difference between in-person, blended and fully remote meetings. I just participated in my first meeting with a newly 100% remote team. Honestly, it was a MUCH better experience for …

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Dealing with isolation as a remote worker

In Featured, Work Life by JD Dillon

I’m spending a few minutes every work day sharing my thoughts and practices around remote work. Yes, there are many, many, MANY organizations sharing recommendations on this topic right now. In reality, this series is just as much for me as anyone who takes the time to read it. Thank …

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My advice for managing a remote team

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Yesterday, I shared what I’ve learned as a remote worker over the past 10 years.  Today, I’m shifting focus to a critical part of the remote work experience for any employee: managers. Managers can make or break the remote work experience. This is especially true for managers who have limited …

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My 5 best remote work tips

In Work Life by JD Dillon

I’ve been a remote worker for much of the past decade. Here’s my shortlist of five tips for anyone making the transition now. Please share your best remote work tips in the comments! Build your spot I’ve never been able to focus when sitting on the couch with my laptop. …

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Become a better virtual teammate

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Remote work is a fact of professional life. Thanks, internet! I’ve spent the past 10 years working on and/or managing virtual teams. Whether members were distributed across The Walt Disney World Resort, the continental United States, or the world, many of the same challenges always arose. This is especially true if …

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4 practices (and 12 tips) for better remote working

In Work Life by JD Dillon

I’m perplexed by our continued reverence of the 9 to 5 workday. Despite radical technological and social change over the past 100 years, we remain beholden to an industrial approach to work. Even though better options exist, a majority of us still battle rush hour traffic as we trek to and from office buildings at pre-determined times that …

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RANT: You’re out of office message SUCKS!

In Work Life by JD Dillon

Does this sound familiar … Thank you for your message. I will be away from the office between XX date and XX date. During that time, I will have limited access to email and voicemail. If you need assistance before I return, please contact XX at (xxx) xxx-xxxx or xxxx@xxx.com. Have …

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My honest out of office reply

In Work Life by JD Dillon

My L&D buddy Dan Steer recently posted his version of an “Honest Out of Office Reply” to his personal blog.  Dan took a decidedly “I can’t stop working because I love it” position with his message, ending his post with  … Eventually, when these dreadful 2 weeks of on/off connected-dissonance …