Category: Remote work

How Open Source practices can help bridge the communication gap in remote-first companies

In the contemporary landscape of professional engagement, the advent of remote work has necessitated a reevaluation of communication methodologies. This discourse seeks to elucidate the dichotomy that exists between individuals adept at navigating the nuances of digital interaction and those who are yet in the nascent stages of acclimatisation to this modality. The propensity for an overreliance on private direct messaging, an undue emphasis on formal salutations, and a conspicuous absence of familiarity with the subtleties of online etiquette—hereinafter referred to as ‘netiquette’—are symptomatic of this divide. Netiquette, embodying the tacit conventions of courteous online interaction, when neglected, precipitates misinterpretations and perceptions of discourtesy. This analysis draws upon the praxes of the open source community, wherein efficacious remote collaboration is de rigueur, to illuminate how the adoption of public communication channels and a comprehension of netiquette can ameliorate remote work interactions.

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The Invisible Gap: Inequalities Between Employees and Contractors in Remote-First Tech Companies

Remote-first tech companies are known for their flexibility and global hiring practices, allowing them to tap into a diverse pool of talent. However, there’s a hidden side to this global workforce that raises concerns over inequalities between employees and contractors. While these companies often advertise a level playing field, the reality is quite different for many workers. In this article, we’ll explore the disparities between employees and contractors, the legal issues surrounding these inequalities, and the potential risks for both workers and companies.

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