5 TED talks to watch if you’re a remote developer.

25 Dec 2018

The future of work is around the corner. Many promising opportunities await software developers who are looking for remote jobs. The emergence of new technologies, virtual management and collaboration tools are making it easier to manage a fully remote team dispersed around the world. Therefore, younger generations nowadays choose the enriching experience that remote work provides. The luxury of having a flexible schedule, and being location independent are among the top reasons why millennials choose this lifestyle.

But despite the obvious benefits, there’s something that every remote developer needs.

They need inspiration.

Remote developers often battle demotivations and stress and they constantly need a reminder of their core purpose at work. For that reason, we found these 5 TED talks to help you fix your exhausted brain and bring back enthusiasm to your work.

  1. The Remote Working Revolution has arrived

Justin Jones, a consultant architect at VMware explains the iron triangle of employment which consists of 3 important choices; where we work (employer), what we do, and where we live. With remote working being on the table, employees have the privilege to choose the 3 dimensions of the triangle.  

When it comes to landing a remote job, Justin has 4 steps to land one;

  • Ask

  • Research

  • Network

  • Interview

2. How to find the work you love

You know you love your job when you have a strong desire to get up and go to work everyday. Here’s how to find a job that you love according to Scott Dinsmore, the founder of ‘Live Your Legend’, a career platform that inspires young individuals to follow their passion and find meanings behind their work.

  • Become a self-expert and understand yourself

Find your unique strengths. Find the things that really distinguishes you from others. What are you really good at?

  • Know your values.

Ask yourself, what's your framework or your hierarchy for making decisions? Or what do you really care about?

  • Learn from experiences.

We learn things every day about what we love, what we hate, what we're good at, and what we're terrible at. Spend time paying attention to that and assimilating that learning and applying it to the rest of your life.

By having this framework figured out you can start identifying things that really matter to you. It won’t happen overnight but you’ll systematically just grow with understanding your strengths, values, and who you’re as a person. Then only you can pursue what you want and try and make an impact with it.

3. Managing Cross Cultural Remote Teams

After managing remote teams of more than 30 people from different nationalities and cultures for more than 10 years, Ricardo has many stories to tell about communication and language barriers between team members.

He shares the everyday complexities of communicating with remote teams and how to get better at it. This talk would definitely help you understand how to be a proactive communicator in a remote environment.

4. Go ahead, tell your boss you’re working from home

This TED talk by Nicholas Bloom, is all you need to convince your boss about working remotely.

Bloom conducted his own study to determine if working remotely affected employees’ productivity. He recruited 500 volunteers who were divided randomly into two groups; the ones who would work entirely remotely and the ones who would follow the company’s tradition and work from the office. Interestingly, Bloom’s study revealed that employees who worked remotely were 13.5% more productive and reported shorter breaks and fewer sick leaves.

5. Why work doesn’t happen at work

Companies invest in building comfortable offices equipped with everything employees need to get things done. However, no matter how expensive and comfortable modern offices might be, when employees really need to get things done, the office is not always the best place. The typical office day is full of countless interruptions, meetings and distractions which are responsible for the lack of focus and the increased stress levels among employees.

Jason Fried, founder of Basecamp and the co-author of “REMOTE, office not required” discusses how interruptions that happen at the office decreases employees’ productivity and cognitive performance. Scientifically, our memories can hold a limited amount of information for a short time. It’s almost impossible to gather your thoughts if you’re interrupted by co-workers every few minutes.

Giving employees the flexibility to work remotely allows them to perform at their best and deliver the best results.

What are the best TED talks you’ve watched about remote work?


By: Menna Shalaby

Content Manager




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