Dear Lifehacker, I cannot stomach the idea of working in an office for the rest of my life. The idea of being forced to head to work for a set number of hours in a specific place is incredibly stifling. Now, I'm not lazy. I'm a very hard worker, but I don't like being confined. It feels like it drains my creativity. Is there a way I can break free from this lifestyle without becoming broke or homeless?
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Dear Lifehacker, I work full time from home for a company based interstate and do nearly all my work by VPN to a desktop in the office. Over the normal course of a working week there are occasional speed and up-time issues. I'm having some difficulty getting my manager to understand that some downtime is to be expected and unavoidable (it's not possible for me to change/upgrade my internet at home).
Teleworking is apparently a controversial topic. The recent decision by Yahoo! to effectively ban it has inspired a lot of discussion. Absolutes aren't useful in this context, but it is worth recognising that telework can be useful even in areas where you might expect that face-to-face contact was vital.
Last week, the media went into overdrive when Marissa Mayer announced that Yahoo was doing away with telecommuting and insisting that employees come into the office and work cheek-to-cheek -- or cubicle to cubicle -- with their co-workers. The reactions to the announcement have been fairly typical.
Teleworking has been in the news both in Australia, where National Telework Week has just finished, and in the US, where Hurricane Sandy saw many people forced to work from home or a remote office for a week or longer. Parse.ly CEO Sachin Kamdar was one of them. He explains how working from home post-Sandy inspired him to keep it up one day each week (and his rules for successful telecommuting).
As part of our National Telework Week coverage, we're looking at how the Lifehacker team makes use of teleworking techniques to be more productive. Today, Lifehacker publisher (and former Gizmodo US/Australia editor) Danny Allen explains how he captures a great idea before it slips away in the night.
Dear Lifehacker, I am wanting to progress further into the area of user experience design. The majority of the companies that do great UX work and that actively advertise for UX people are based in Melbourne or Sydney. I don't live there, but I am fully set up at home with an iMac and all of the necessary software. Is it worthwhile applying for these positions and proposing a 'working remotely' type role? Thanks, Remote User
Telework can be useful workers all year round, but having an efficient system for working offsite really comes into its own when a natural disaster strikes and staff can't get to the office. The benefits can be considerable, but you need to ensure that your cloud infrastructure is up to the task -- and do some sneaky social networking planning as well.
As part of our National Telework Week coverage, we’re looking at how the Lifehacker team makes use of teleworking techniques to be more productive. Today, night editor Elly Hart explains what it's like telecommuting for an Australian company while living in Canada.
Living in an area where the National Broadband Network (NBN) has already rolled out? You have a lot of potential providers to choose from. In our most comprehensive Planhacker ever, we've rounded up 383 plans on offer from 20 providers in a custom spreadsheet that makes it easy to find the ideal option for you. We've identified all the main issues you need to consider before signing up and the pros and cons of each offer, and picked out the best-value plans in a range of categories. Get connected!
As part of our National Telework Week coverage, we're looking at how the Lifehacker team makes use of teleworking techniques to be more productive. Today, editor Angus Kidman explains how working on the go isn't just a luxury for the working journalist: it's standard behaviour.
Commuting: it's a controversial topic, and a major pain for many of us. But what are the average commute times in Australian cities and states? New research conducted to promote National Telework Week suggests that the worst commuting times are found in Sydney and Melbourne, where an hour-long daily commute is the norm.
Optus is now selling 4G services to both consumers and businesses, upping its competition with rival Telstra. But how much does 4G mobile broadband cost and what are your choices? Our updated Planhacker guide covers all the options.
The range of National Broadband Network (NBN) plans continues to expand, and there are many more to come. Planhacker covers all the plans on offer in Australia right now in a custom spreadsheet you can use to find the best option for you.