How the digital workplace broke our brains
Stories about the frustrations of modern work and what we can do about it
Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.
As nomadism grows, so does the need for niche services. The businesses that are doing best are those tapping into the potential of underserved groups, like a seven-figure coaching company that caters specifically to female nomads. It’s just one of a network of companies (SafetyWing included) helping people realize their dream of working from anywhere – and business is booming.
Rosie Bell for The BBC
Shopify has shipped an internal calculator to work out the dollar amount of pointless meetings. While the goal is to encourage creative async collaboration rather than cost-saving, the 14% fewer minutes now spent in meetings is surely keeping the CFO happy.
Gabriela Riccardi for Quartz
Across Europe, programs are popping up to attract nomads away from the over-run tourist hot spots and into lesser-known areas instead. These initiatives, which offer nomads the chance to work and live in rural regions, are betting that young, talented nomads with cash to spend can help to revive these struggling communities.
JD Shadel for Condé Nast Traveler
The very tools we use to be more productive are inhibiting our productive output. The anxiety of constant work conversations across multiple digital channels, known as the "hyperactive hive mind," increases stress and slows efficiency. How do we square that the digital workplace has made us more connected, but also more distracted?
Derek Thompson for The Ringer
The once ubiquitous internet cafe has been all-but wiped out thanks to the rise of smartphones and cheap data. These gems from the global age of the internet were more than just a place to surf the web; they were vibrant community hubs and cultural melting pots. All is not lost, though: from Uganda to Nepal, a few humble internet cafes are still clinging on. Let’s explore them.
Rest of World
Ten years after David Graeber’s “bullshit jobs” idea went viral, new research unveils surprising insights into the modern workplace. Does Graeber's controversial claim—that many jobs are essentially meaningless—hold more truth than we dared to admit?
Shayla Love for Psyche
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