Remote & Mobile Working: Security Procedures for Out of Office

We spoke to CNS Group last week and were asked if security is an important issue for remote workers or digital nomads.

The reality is that for people working remotely, security is indeed a hot topic since being remote requires the use of so many different WiFis; and in that sense much more uncertainty than a closed internal network in a company office

You can read the full article here.

An Interview with Emma Heuston, Author of ‘The Tracksuit Economy’

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This week we had the pleasure of chatting to Emma Heuston from New South Wales, Australia.

She is a smart-worker, entrepreneur and author of The Tracksuit Economy: How to work productively and effectively from home.

 

What excites you most about smart-working/remote-working? 

The fact I can work from wherever I want.   This means I have the can work from home, travel or use co-working spaces like Ellyot along the way.

As technology improves smart working will only become more exciting with many opportunities to network and share the collective energy of co-working spaces while maintaining autonomy over my work.

I touch on the benefits in my book, The Tracksuit Economy – how to work productively and effectively from home”.

 

What do you think will be the key trends in this new work/lifestyle?

The smart working/ remote working lifestyle is poised to explode in a big way.

The cost of living in all major cities is increasing, meaning the cost of buying or renting housing is slowly getting out of reach.  Additionally, the minimalism and slow movements have people aiming for a slower and more relaxed lifestyle.  A pressure cooker of events leading to working hubs, flexible or remote work.

I predict that in the coming 5 years, organisations will also come to see that they can save money by hot-desking and having their workers work at least some of the time remotely or from co-working spaces.  This is the subject for my next book, so if you have any thoughts on this matter, please drop me a line!

 

What difficulties have you had to overcome, especially not seeing colleagues face to face?

The big difficulty is isolation from my team and the greater potential for misunderstanding without dealing with a colleague face to face.

I have managed to turn this into a blessing by becoming more productive and worker smarter rather than harder while working on my communication skills to ensure they are clearer then if I was seeing someone face to face.

 

What tools do you use to manage smart-working?

A great internet connection and wi-fi is essential, as is up to date technology.

The other weapons in my secret arsenal of smart working are an up to date diary where I have scheduled absolutely everything and a to do list.  Without both of these things, I would be lost and far less organised!

 

What do you think of Ellyot?

I love the diversity of choice offered by Ellyot and applaud the quality of the places offered.  In particular the fact that some places offer additional features like showers is a bonus, it allows the users of the work spaces to better manage their days.

It is also great that Ellyot, a start up itself, is catering for the start up and freelance workers by providing a community space. Finally the #StandForDiversity message is powerful and a great message to be getting out there.

The only issue I see is that Ellyot hasn’t yet expanded to Australia as yet. I would like to see services like this available globally.

 

Emma Heuston is a commercial lawyer and busy parent with a writing hustle on the side. She successfully balances these three vocations while working remotely from the far-northern coast of New South Wales. Passionate about re-framing the way we work, Emma believes professionals of the future will wear tracksuits and enjoy a more flexible way of life. She is a finalist in the Lawyers Weekly 2018 Partner of the Year Awards (Commercial), a Practice Leader at LegalVision, a legal research author for LexisNexis and has been published in Child Magazine and online at Kidspot, Essential Baby, Flying Solo and Business Woman Media. ‘The Tracksuit Economy’ is her first book and is available for purchase across Amazon UK and Amazon Australia.

 

 

Google releases new app to aid remote working

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Google recently released their new messaging platform called “Google Hangouts Chat” which allows better collaboration between organization members.
Hangout chats support team chat rooms, threaded conversations and sophisticated searches that allow companies to manage their projects from one place.

Chat can be used to speed up the small tasks that can bog down a team working from different locations, such as searching for files or even things like booking conference rooms (amongst other very routine tasks). This is integrated into the G-suites productivity apps like Docs, Sheets, Drive, and Hangouts, all of which are great apps that can help remote working teams or individuals (such as those who use Ellyot) to collaborate effectively and achieve their goals!

These apps, including the new Hangout Chat, are great ways to keep productivity high when working remotely as they can allow for effective communication and help a team work in sync so that everyone is on the same page and can work together effectively.

You can check out more about the new Google Hangout Chats feature here.

 

 

Could you be the next European Design Awards winner?

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The EDA (European Design Awards), which has been running for 10 years, has begun to attract entries from over 34 countries now. The awards ceremony annually awards European designers for outstanding work in the design and communications space.

Last year saw Porto, a city which has had a flourishing graphic design culture for many years, and has survived a lot of political and economic upheaval since 2008. The city contains outstanding design schools like Esad, which also seen high calibre lecturers like Joost Grootens make appearance there. Along with this, Porto also has several medium-sized practices, including R2 a studio specialising in ‘graphic identity, editorial and environmental design’ and also Studio Andrew Howard another graphic design studio, all of which work across a variety of sectors.

From a design point of view, Porto contains many beautiful buildings making it the perfect venue for the EDA. Examples of this are the Porto cathedral, which dates back to 1146, the Edificio Vodafone and even the city hall, among many other classic and modern buildings that populate the city.

Back to the EDA, the gold award winners included a fish paste packaging designed by ‘Bedow’, a Swedish studio, ‘Creature of Habit’ by Netherlands based, ‘Ambassadors’ and the ‘Wales Nation Brand: Cymru Wales Sans’ by UK based ‘Smorgasbord’.

Attendees also saw the first sight of a new exhibition named ‘Design by Porto, Porto by Design’ which officially opened later in May 2017.

The exhibit featured 40 projects by 28 different students made for the City council in Porto over a span of four years. Collaborators on the project included R2, White Studio and Esad, along with many other graphic design studios.

To read more about the exhibition and the European design awards, check out: http://www.eyemagazine.com/blog/post/porto-reporto

Freeconomics. Give your content away and drive your business up by 290%

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Interesting read written by Neil Patel from QuickSprout. This is especially relevant for the Publishing sector. As Print and Newspaper declines, Digital content continues to steal more of the pie. With the likes of The Times and other prestigious news outlets putting up a pay-wall on their Digital content, this is their attempt to preserve the exclusivity of their content as well as compensate for the losses from a Print point of view… Is it the right approach? We agree with the concept of freeconomics so read here to join the debate.

Vibey work-space in King’s X – Generator London

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“I think the highlight for me as the Events Coordinator for Generator London is always working with such an eclectic mix of clients. Everyday is a new vibe, from creative start up and social influencer events, right through to massive global brands and companies.

Our biggest event was for 500 people from one of the UK’s leading health and fitness companies and it was a massive success with so many good memories forged. On the flip reverse of that the day after I was hosting 20 people from a small tech start up, so it’s incredibly varied but just such fun.” (Nathan Roberts)

Generator is located in the heart of Central London, next to King’s Cross station. Unlike any other hostel, it’s a really creative environment with tons of little quirks and features and no matter what you’re up to there’s a space for it.

You can book this space – Search Ellyot for iOS on the appstore or head to ellyot.com.