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The Upwork 100: 3 Things You May Have Missed

When we released The Upwork 100, a list of the 100 most in-demand skills on Upwork in Q3 of 2019, we shared a few observations from our chief economist, Adam Ozimek, PhD. His highlights included the global demand for U.S.-based talent and the higher rates commanded by professionals whose skills are included on the list. What other insights that can...

The Simple Way to Make Work Friends When You’re Remote

Work is increasingly being done away from the office, something that can have numerous benefits for companies and workers alike—but maybe not for your social life. Time spent in the office helps foster strong relationships, which in turn can leave us feeling happier, less stressed, and more recharged. In contrast, working alone could be fuelling a...

How Remote Work Opens Doors for Accessibility and Equality

We often talk about remote work and self-employment as lifestyle choices—and for many people, they are. But for others, they can be an open door where there have otherwise been dead ends. Location is a barrier that often doesn’t need to exist According to Freelancing in America 2019, 46 percent of freelancers said freelancing gives them flexibility...

What’s Trending in the World of Work: Flexibility and Boundaries in an Enterprise Environment

It takes structure, resources, and an appropriate culture for an organization to support remote work and a flexible workforce—both of which are important for recruitment and retention as well as access to independent talent. Companies of all sizes are testing ideas and learning to adapt, but it can be a more complex shift within enterprise organizations....

Boomers, Millennials, and Gen Z at Work: 3 Words That May Not Mean What You Think

We value diversity in the workplace but sometimes lose sight of the experiences and values that shape those varied opinions and ideas. That’s why perspective and empathy are critical soft skills in today’s workplace; they can be essential to good collaboration and navigating through misunderstandings. Division across generational lines is a common...

Upwork 100 Provides Intel for 2020 Planning

What are your competitors prioritizing as we head toward 2020? The Upwork 100 is a quarterly index that ranks the top 100 skills—skills that have grown quickly and experienced a high level of demand on Upwork in Q3 of 2019. The list: Sheds light on current trends in the independent labor market and tech industry Serves as a barometer of the skills...

Perspective & Empathy: Sophie Wade on Critical Soft Skills for the Multigenerational Workplace

We are all trying to keep up with the shifting dynamics of work and technology. But with as many as five generations represented in the workplace, how each one of us views that change can vary wildly. It’s unprecedented diversity that has its challenges, and intergenerational disconnect is a common issue. “We are each, every one of us, interpreting...

Why Slowing Down Can Free Your Team To Do More

How much time do you spend every day checking messages just in case something comes up? In our 24/7 world, there’s often an unwritten expectation that we’re always available. After all, checking in takes moments—and reduces the chance that you might miss out. The average American checks their smartphone at least once every 12 minutes. But at what cost?...

Smarter Ways to Level Up Your Skills and Focus Your Efforts

The pressure to keep our skills sharp is constant. It’s rarely enough to commit yourself to understanding your craft—it’s also essential that you keep an eye on the horizon, too. The half-life of a professional skill is about five years and, according to some estimates, by next year 35 percent of the skills workers need will have changed within the...

3 Ways to Recharge Your Workweek, Starting Today

Monday mornings can be tough. A 2018 survey by LinkedIn found that 80 percent of American workers get the “Sunday Scaries,” worrying about the week ahead. Add a time change to that mix and the beginning of your week can carry even more drag than usual. What can you do to turn things around today—and into the future? Check out these three articles for...

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