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Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

Is It Time to Let Employees Work from Anywhere?

This article was originally published in Harvard Business Review    Despite a few high-profile retreats from remote work policies in recent years, data on the U.S. workforce suggests that remote work is increasing. A 2017 Gallup poll reported that 43% of employed Americans had spent at least some time working remotely, and US Census data released in 2018 reported 5.2% of U.S. workers being based entirely at home. Even as working from home (WFH) becomes relatively commonplace, a new form of remote work is emerging: working from anywhere (WFA), in which employees can live and work where they choose, typically within a specific country, but in some cases, anywhere in the world with a reliable internet connection. While many companies are just starting to consider allowing employees to work…

7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix and designing career pathways

7 steps to building an engineering competency matrix and designing career pathways

One of the biggest questions we get when we interview candidates is about their career paths and what Log(n) and our clients will offer. From time to time, I have had an opportunity to implement career paths based on a competency matrix. Having a transparent competency matrix that is shared with the whole company as well as with the prospects helps to build solid trust. Here is an article that walks us through the process of building an engineering competency matrix. Every engineer deserves a clear growth path so they can understand, plan, and execute on meaningful career growth. Providing a framework for this growth (we call ours a competency matrix; it’s also known as a career ladder, or professional…

How to Work in a Remote Team?

How to Work in a Remote Team?

There is a lower turnover rate at companies that use remote workers than those that don’t for a reason – in many ways, it’s a better lifestyle. According to Stanford Professor of Economics Nicholas Bloom, people who work from home are happier and more productive. Though most people usually think that remote work is for freelancers and digital nomads, more and more companies are coming around to the idea and understanding the benefits of having remote workers on the team. By 2020, half the workforce is expected to work remotely. However, only 67% of companies currently allow employees to work from home from time to time and only 38% allow employees to work from home on a regular basis. One of the major benefits of remote work, which…

My Lessons from Interviewing 400+ Engineers Over Three Startups

My Lessons from Interviewing 400+ Engineers Over Three Startups

 Originally Posted on FirstRound.com by Marco Rogers Marco Rogers loves interviewing engineers. Here’s a quick back-of-the-napkin showing just how much: he’s been an engineering leader and hiring manager for the last seven years. Over that time, he’s hired over 80 engineers. To fill each of those roles, he’s personally interviewed approximately 5 candidates on average after initial phone screens. That’s at least 400 interviews or an in-person interview every workweek for seven years — and that’s not counting time dedicated to prep, screening, references or debriefs. Most impressive is that he’s designed a system that has gotten his technical teams involved — and energized — to interview their future colleagues. To him, interviewing is a team priority: engineers on his team…