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Remote antidote to tech’s toxic ‘bro’ culture

Sydney-based insurance tech company Insured By Us is turning the women-in-tech imbalance on its head, championing gender parity in all areas of the business from a “gender cap customer discount”, to support of its staff. As the backlash against tech’s toxic “bro” culture continues, the focus is shifting to what companies can do to empower under-­represented groups and create an environment of inclusion. Company co-founder Ben Webster said everyone in h...

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Join us for AMA with Melissa Ng, digital nomad and founder of traveling design studio

Join RealtimeBoard team on Thursday, July 6 for AMA with Melissa Ng, the founder of MELEWI - a traveling Product, UX & UI design studio working with passionate people from around the world.  Here are some questions Melissa will be answering on Thursday: What are your top tips on making remote collaboration effective? How do you convince clients to work with you remotely? What has been the most challenging parts of your journey as a business owner and how...

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15 Virtual Assistant Software Tools To Optimize Productivity

By Liam Martin, a co-founder of Time Doctor With the advent of the Internet of Things comes several innovations that help companies save time and money. One of the coolest of these is the rise of the “cyber secretary,” or virtual assistant. Rather than paying a hefty salary, offering bonuses, and dishing out more benefits to an in-house employee, you can now reduce costs by hiring remote employees and investing in virtual assistant software programs to streamline your pr...

IBM Asks Work-From-Home Employees to Head Back to the Office

The tech giant IBM, once a pioneer in the work-from-home concept, is now calling its employees back to the office, the Wall Street Journal reports. The change is rattling workers. But, the company says the move is vital for their growth. IBM Has Embraced Remote Work For Decades Many of the people who work for IBM have taken advantage of remote work options over the years. As early as the 1980s, IBM began installing “remote terminals” in some employees’ homes. By...

How start-ups should hire good staff and persuade them to stay

Young businesses need to retain their culture and compete for good people. When Richard White began to recruit employees to Goodlord, an online property rental platform, he and his co-founder hired cheaply and informally from a range of interns, family members and existing contacts. “Originally, our hiring process was to sit [potential candidates] down, have a chat for about 10 minutes . . . and then we took them out for a beer,” Mr White says. &ld...