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21st Century Work Life and leading remote teams

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Jul 9, 2020

Welcome to our regular news round-up episode, that has become a monthly feature in the light of such fast-moving change in the world of remote work. In these episodes, Pilar and Maya discuss a selection of recent news items, announcements, and publications, which reflect the way issues and policies are unfolding.

This conversation was recorded on 30th June 2020, please see full shownotes at

Productivity monitoring: Considerations for HR, from compliance to culture More and more companies are resorting to ‘employee monitoring solutions’, to manage their remote workforce. . Our favourite quote: “Surveillance is not a replacement for leadership”. 

However, in We Work Harder When We Know Someone’s Watching, HBR reminds us that external accountability definitely can make us more productive.

Spain is introducing new legislation around ‘teletrabajo’ -   El Pais has been discussing it, and the Future for Work institute have published research

Teresa Douglas shared this article on LinkedIn about performance review: 4 Different Approaches Companies Are Taking to Performance Reviews This Year.

And in the UK, Only 13% of UK working parents want to go back to ‘the old normal’ .

Slack has a brand new emoji pack to help with remote work, and Slack Connect (here’s a round-up of announcement articles from Angel List). 

Listener and community news

Shout out to Chris Coladonato, for joining the conversation about task interdependence and visible teamwork, reminding us how much there is to unpick there… Essential listening, episode 239 - if you work with other people in any way, do check it out. Thanks Andy Brogan for sharing it too.

The IAF England and Wales chapter are planning an online conference at the end of OCtober, so do take a look at that.Annual Conference 2020 - the Power and Practice of Facilitation

Over on LinkedIn, Diego Von Söhsten has been looking at Lessons Learned From Our Early Adopters in Their Forced Shift to Remote Work - interesting perspective on Agile and remote, so well worth checking out this concise read.

Sharath Jeevan is developing a short LinkedIn series on re-igniting inner-drive in our working lives. 

Maya has been attending (online) some sessions at the Future of Work summit…  You can buy access to sessions you have missed here.