Music, Productivity and Skills
Welcome to this week’s Remote Work Tips Newsletter! Each week we drop a remote work tip video, a work-from-anywhere insight, and a recommendation to discover more about remote work.
Remote Work Tip Video: Using Sound or White Noise to Help You Focus
Video Length: 80 Seconds
Silence is apparently golden, but not for all of us when we really want to focus. In this video, I look at what the latest science suggests about how neurodiversity can affect whether certain types of music can help or hurt your focus when working remotely.
Work From Anywhere Insight
One of the biggest arguments in remote and hybrid environments is whether remote workers are more productive or not. An interesting new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research tried to get to the bottom of this by looking at an empirical measure – lines of code written by software developers and found that they wrote on average 8% more code during a week.
But many of us have jobs that are far more ambiguous than that, and here is something else we do know – while the majority of workers generally believe that they are more productive, the majority of managers and in-office colleagues disagree. Of course, as long as that persists, it can be a problem for you as a remote worker – your contribution may be systematically devalued.
So what can you do about it? Two things can really help.
- Focus on making your work more visible. That doesn’t have to be through constant zoom calls, but it can be by for example regularly publishing your work in a portal where it is easy to find, or persuading your team to start doing daily standups.
- Prove to your manager and colleagues that you are great at remote work. In many cases, distrust about whether you are productive or not really stems from distrust that ANYONE can be productive in a remote work setting. One way to establish proof is to get a challenging Remote Work Certification, such as the BillionMinds Remote Work Professional.
Have you ever wondered why those self-help books you have bought don’t actually work? Well, our latest blog post – How to REALLY Build Soft Skills, explains why. Check it out – it will likely change how you try to learn in the future.
The Remote Work Tip Newsletter is brought to you each week by BillionMinds. BillionMinds helps employees develop the skills they need to do great work outside of the office, and become certified as Remote Work Professionals. For more information, visit us here.