Just last month, Twitter raised 1.8 billion on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to become the second largest Internet IPO of all time after Facebook, overtaking global giants like Google, Yandex and Zynga.
The online social networking service now trades $41 a share, a huge improvement from its $26 initial price issued by lead underwriter Goldman Sachs. LinkedIn shares are reaching record highs, with share prices now at $224.54, from initial price of $45 a share in 2011. For more updates on the share prices of some famous Internet IPOs, check out the infographic below.
Being a remote worker—whether from a home office or Hong Kong—is the new normal. Since 2005, there’s been an 80% increase in the number of "telecommunicating" employees in the US. There’s no doubt we’ve become smarter about how we work and where we work from. But working remotely still feels… well, remote.
Modern organizations are armed with cloud-collaboration tools that should make working from anywhere a breeze. Combine these tools with a global talent pool from which to hire, and you're set to dominate the competition, right?
So, why do we still struggle to connect teams, keep them happy and bring them into the company family? These four effective tactics will help you create a work environment that’s both global and connected.
Find Yourself. Choose a Corporate Identity that Works
Identifying your company’s unique culture is a first step toward creating a global communication strategy that works. Don’t be overwhelmed by process. Instead, start with this fun exercise: choose a persona that embodies your company’s strengths and weaknesses. Perhaps your company is like Star Wars' Darth Maul: cutthroat, highly skilled, a source of fear and symbol of hatred throughout the galaxy. Or you might be an office of Bart Simpsons: high energy, motivated by your own ideas, but extremely impulsive.
Not only is this exercise fun, it’s a simple way to assess your company’s character, and gives you some insight and guidance into how your company communicates—internally and externally. If you’re a company of Barts, you’ll want to make sure your remote team doesn’t miss out on annual “Eat My Shorts” day. That’s right, at least send them a cake.Read More
In this age of technological advancements and fluidity of location, telecommuting is becoming more common.
Termed as 'Distributed Workforce', there are both challenges and benefits to having a workforce distributed over a wide geographical area.Read More
The team at 37signals, a Chicago-based software firm, certainly thinks so.
In an excerpt from 37signals co-founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson's book, Remote, reprinted in Inc.com, Fried debunks the myth that breakthrough creative moments can only happen when participants are sitting in the same room.Read More