Flexibility, work-life balance, health issues, curiosity – these are some of the reasons why there is a soaring number of people getting on board the ‘work from home’ bandwagon.
Just the fact alone that you’re reading this article goes to show that you’re itching to ditch your demanding 9-to-5 job. If you’re mulling over resigning and switching to a telecommuting career, hold your horses.
I feel your enthusiasm. Before you make a decision that could potentially alter your life, think about the pros and cons of working from home. Or better yet, check out these companies below and see if their organisational culture matches your temperament.Image credit: Buffer[/caption]
Hardcore internet users will recognise Buffer for its user-friendly social media scheduling tool.
With no fixed work schedule, the team of 85 is spread across counties like America, Canada, Australia, and Taiwan. The software company values transparency so much that they publicly share their employees’ salary, fundraising, and revenue on their site!
Buffer also provides exciting perks such as semi-annual retreats, and health and wellness stipend. Right now, they’re looking for an Android Developer, Product Manager, Mobile Apps Happiness Hero, and Full-stack Marketer.Image credit: Ghost[/caption]
Ghost, a blogging platform that announced its move to Singapore last February, is another company that utilises the ‘work from home’ business model.
Ghost is currently hiring Senior Reporters and Node.js Developers to take the future of online publishing to the next level. Committed to build the “greatest publishing platform”, the company has a fully distributed team working across the world.
Like Buffer, they also host global meetups and covers travel costs for their employees.Image credit: Automattic[/caption]
If it weren’t for the Automattic family, there wouldn’t be WordPress, Jetpack, and Longreads. It’s hard to imagine the internet without these creations.
If you’re a fan of the abovementioned products or services, then you should know that there are 14 open positions (with free retreats) at Automattic. Many of these roles are in the Design, Engineering, Computer Science, and Marketing niche.
If you possess strong communication skills, a self-driven work ethic, and a willingness to learn, Automattic will be sorry if they don’t hear from you.Image credit: Toptal[/caption]
From Russia to America, Mexico to Vietnam, and Poland to Brazil, Toptal has by far the highest number of open positions in this list. With eight tech jobs and over a dozen in the business sector, it looks like there are plenty of opportunities to grow in your career.
The “McKinsey of software engineering” is a great stepping stone for two types of people: those who detest office politics and those who want top talents as their mentors.Image credit: Basecamp[/caption]
Nobody knows remote work as well as Basecamp, a web-based project management tool based in America. In fact, one of the co-founders even wrote two books about it.
Founded in 1999, Basecamp’s employees are distributed across 26 different cities. A brief look at their site shows that 14 staff members work in the headquarter office in Chicago, while the rest telecommute.
Basecamp is looking to hire a Marketing Designer with a passion for customer service and storytelling. The company’s Medium post states that they’re accepting applications through May 1st, but from the looks of their ‘Careers’ page, it looks like they haven’t found a suitable hire yet.
Here’s a look into their employee benefits. (Spoiler: fitness allowance and one-month sabbatical every three years.)Image credit: Baremetrics[/caption]
It looks like there’s a recurring pattern here. Most companies that allow remote work are in the technology sector — Baremetrics is one such business.
“We want to take care of you. Plain and simple. If you aren’t happy, we aren’t happy,” so says the analytics and insight company. The company offers a loose vacation policy, monthly perks, among others.
Baremetrics is looking for a Content Crafter to join their small team. If you’ve been penning articles in the business niche, drop them an email and cross your fingers for good measure.Image credit: TeamGantt[/caption]
TeamGantt has thousands of customers with only six employees. They’re either nuts, or really good at their jobs. I suspect it’s the latter.
The seven-year-old computer software company has also dipped their toes in teaching project management. Some of their benefits include flexible working hours and a S$6,800 budget for an office setup.
There are no open positions at TeamGantt at the present time, but the company is actively reviewing applicants. Applying for a position is a long shot, but hey, isn’t life about being spontaneous anyway?
Of course, there are many more companies and startups out there that allow remote work. These are just some of the best and brightest that we know of. Feel free to tag those unmentioned on our Facebook page! We’ll be waiting.
Growing up in Asia, I’ve learnt my fair share of traditional superstitions. Singaporeans have quite a few superstitious customs that follow us through our daily lives, and even when we are on holiday! Some Singaporean travellers would do things like knock on the hotel room door before entering or place their sandal in opposite directions to keep unwanted ‘guests’ away.
Well, the recent poll by Zuji Singapore just proved that you have every reason to be worried. According to a poll released on Monday (Sept1), one out of five Singapore-based travelers have encountered ghosts and spirits while travelling. Perhaps our customs don’t work as well as we hoped.[caption id="attachment_19156" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Zuji Singapore[/caption]
The poll also revealed that 60 per cent of the 1,629 Singapore-based surveyed travelers believe in performing their own rituals when travelling, with 47 per cent saying that they will knock on the door of their hotel room before they enter it. This practice is widely known as a gesture to show respect for spirits that “stay” in the room.[caption id="attachment_19157" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Zuji Singapore[/caption]
In its third travel insights report themed “Holiday Irks and Quirks”, Zuji, Singapore’s online travel agent, had asked participants to share their greatest vacation woes.
Some 15 per cent of the respondents also found people who are heavily tattooed and pierced bizarre, while 14 per cent considered the local customs, rituals, and festivals as their bizarre sightings while travelling. All these bizarre sightings or activities were mostly found in Asia with Thailand topping the list as most bizarre, followed by Malaysia and Indonesia.
Since Singapore-based travelers are pretty much in love with the jet-setting lifestyle, 43 per cent of the respondants say that their biggest vacation nightmare is flight cancellation. Despite this, only 45 per cent say they will purchase travel insurance, and they will only do so when the insurance is affordable. Second on the list of the vacation woes is when one has an uneasy stomach which need a 24 hour washroom access.
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It’s pretty interesting to see what travelling is like in the eyes of Singaporeans. It is odd that despite staying in this part of the world, people based in Singapore are still not in touch with our Southeast Asian counterparts, and find their traditions and customs ‘bizarre’. Being a urban city has made us out of touch with our neighbouring countries!
Maybe it’s time to take that backpacking trip around Southeast Asia and see what the fuss is about.
The upcoming travel insights report will be released in January next year.