This week Microsoft announced it was inviting more employees back to campus and that their workforce was on “the brink of a disruption” with a move to hybrid work. The software giant shared that while they were evolving their own hybrid work strategy, they knew for sure that “flexible work is here to stay and the talent landscape has fundamentally shifted.”

What’s missing from Microsoft’s proclamation, however, is what specifically has shifted in the attitudes and thinking of workers who have been remote for more than a year now. That’s why Otter.ai teamed up with YouGov to survey more than…


The distance learning statistics below signaled the massive growth of the distance learning market, the challenges of remote education, and the future of the e-learning industry.

The growth of online education has offered distance-learning students flexibility, easy access, and instruction at a lower cost.

If local universities or schools don’t offer a particular degree or course, distance learning allows students to enroll in an institution that does. Remote instruction offers students global access to resources and studies that they wouldn’t otherwise have. For students who are part-time workers, the relatively relaxed routine of remote learning works better than a restrictive…


“Vacation” and “work” are not two words that people generally like to see together, and we would most definitely recommend against working on vacation if you can help it. But there are numerous reasons why having to complete a few tasks during holidays may be inevitable. If this is your situation, this article is for you!

Below you will find some practical advice on staying productive if you work on vacation, allowing you to get your tasks finished sooner so that you can enjoy your time off!

Working During the Holidays: You Are Not Alone

Business never sleeps. There are numerous reasons why one might find the need…


As many business owners and employees are learning, working remotely comes with its own set of challenges. Unfortunately, finding productivity hacks that actually work can also prove challenging. Oftentimes, consultants and “business gurus” recommend the same tired, ineffective methods to boost productivity that simply don’t work anymore.

When Standard Ways to Boost Productivity No Longer Work

If you are facing the challenges of working from home, you should always make sure to implement common-sense rules like:

However, these steps alone will not guarantee high productivity when your workforce is spread out in different regions and time zones. Instead, you need to encourage your remote workers to adopt new ways…


When starting a Zoom meeting with a new group of teammates, coworkers, or clients, it can feel a little strange to know the right things to do or say. Should you be professional or more relaxed? Should you wear a suit or a t-shirt? Should you chat and make small talk or dive right into the task at hand?

Naturally, the answers to these questions will differ a little for everyone. That said, there are some rules of Zoom etiquette that everyone should follow.

What is Zoom Etiquette?

While Zoom etiquette may not be an exact science, there are some rules that help keep…


From foraging for plants and animals for food close to the dwelling facilities to working from home to save gasoline during the oil crisis in 1970s, remote working has been here for 1.4 million years.

It has revolutionized the trend of flexible work arrangements over the years with the rise of freelancing and the need to create a work-life balance.

But in 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated the trends that were already in action when it comes to working from home policies.

Teleconferencing and remote work technologies have advanced so much that businesses these days can thrive only on remote…


Meetings are part of our professional lives — no work schedule is complete without them. But that doesn’t mean all meetings are productive endeavors; unfortunately, most are considered a waste of time!

That’s because it takes considerable time and resources to set one up. Employees have to take time away from productive work to prepare for unproductive conversations, which usually means interruptions in deep work.

Not only this, the sheer amount of ineffective meetings incur huge expenses. …


Meetings are part of our professional lives — no work schedule is complete without them. But that doesn’t mean all meetings are productive endeavors; unfortunately, most are considered a waste of time!

That’s because it takes considerable time and resources to set one up. Employees have to take time away from productive work to prepare for unproductive conversations, which usually means interruptions in deep work.

Not only this, the sheer amount of ineffective meetings incur huge expenses. …


How can you ensure that your team is as effective as possible while working remotely? Luckily, there are remote working tools that may help!

If you choose the right work from home tools for your remote employees, you’ll get the same results as if they were in the office, or even better. To help you to navigate all the choices, below is a list of 16 remote working tools to consider!

Best Hubs for General Teamwork


Remote team communication is fast becoming a necessary choice for businesses seeking to thrive outside of the traditional office environment. But it isn’t without challenges.

Apprehension about working using remote communication is actually really common. Provided you follow our 5 key tips on working with remote teams, you’ll be able to reap all of the benefits of working with remote teams, without any of the downsides!

1. Set Up Guidelines on Remote Team Communication

New methods of communication and working often require a few rules in order to be effective. They don’t have to be overly arbitrary or strict. Consider them more as a guide than a law.

Otter Voice Notes

Otter is a note-taking and collaboration app that empowers you to remember, search, and share your voice conversations. Visit https://otter.ai to sign up free.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store