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2021 Wrap-Up [Top 5 Greatest Hits of the Work From Anywhere Blog]

Which Work From Anywhere™ blogs were most read in 2021? Find out what other readers loved this year and how it helped their companies thrive. These were the top 5 blogs of the year.

1. "The Long-Term Trends in Remote Working — It’s Not Just the Pandemic"

Remote work is here to stay. This blog examined compelling surveys that suggest employees and business owners are ready to embrace this new Work from Anywhere World.

Key highlights:
  • When 500 business founders were surveyed, they said that, on average, they’d permit 70% of formerly office-based employees to work from home, and 66% said they are rethinking their investment in a physical office.
  • In 2019, almost one in six Americans or 26 million people were already working remotely at least some of the time, so remote work is nothing new.
  • Comprehensive collections of remote work tools like Ninety have made it easy to get real, focused work done anywhere.

Read the full blog here.

2. "3 Ways Companies Can Support Remote Work-from-Home Moms"

The pandemic put more strain on remote work-from-home moms than almost any other group. By supporting their remote workforce, many of whom are parents, companies can retain their top talent and create a more realistic and humane work environment. This blog outlines how businesses can help working moms.

Key highlights: 
  • One in four working moms is either leaving work or reducing work hours.
  • In September 2020, 865,000 women left the U.S. workforce compared to 216,000 men.
  • Greater transparency and flexibility allow working moms to create schedules that work best for them. Tools like Ninety can help businesses provide more visibility and clearer communication with remote working moms.

Read the full blog here.

3. "How to Create an Annual Plan in 5 Steps"

This guest blog from Kris Snyder of Impact Architects details the five critical steps of creating an annual plan. Here, he provides actionable tips that company leaders can use to get the most out of their annual planning meeting.

Key highlights:
  • Revisiting the past year will help leaders know if they’re on track toward their long-term goals and vision.
  • Annual planning occurs at the top level of a company, departmentally and individually for each employee. Kris explores the sequence of events that will get the whole company aligned for the coming year.
  • Kris discusses how making all goals S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) can help organizations know whether or not a goal is the right focus at a given point in time.

Read the full blog here.

4. "How to Communicate with Remote Teams [3 Methods to Try Now]"

One of the things we immediately learned amid the COVID-19 pandemic was the importance of communication. But beyond that — this blog highlights the importance of good communication and how it can strengthen (or break) interpersonal relationships, affect productivity and create (or clear up) confusion.

Key highlights:
  • Explanations of asynchronous communication, burst communication and virtual face-to-face meetings.
  • Detailed benefits of the different types of communication.
  • How to concretely implement these types of communication so that everyone in your company is on the same page, regardless of preferred communication style.

Read the full blog here.

5. "How Can Employers Increase Worker Productivity? [10 Tips]"

Leaders had always wanted to know the secret to a productive and accountable work environment, but never more so than when COVID-19 pushed their teams remote. This blog walks you through the real ways you can improve productivity and the tools that can help you do it.

Key highlights:
  • Discover how creating a culture of accountability is the catalyst for improving (and maintaining) productivity in a remote workforce.
  • Dive into ten clear and actionable tips that you can easily implement to improve productivity immediately.
  • Get recommendations for remote working tools like Ninety to help teams stay accountable, transparent and on track.

Read the full blog here.

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