The State Of Work
The State Of Work is about finding your place in the changing world of work, as an individual or an organisation. Each episode, we'll dive into some of the benefits and limitations we face when it comes to remote and flexible work. And take a look at how we work, how we hire and manage people, and how we live in this increasingly global workplace. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano.io, a global employment and remote work platform.
How a tech recruiting platform boosts employee satisfaction, productivity and retention
Successful recruitment has a positive influence on employee satisfaction, productivity and retention. But with the global pandemic disrupting many traditional in-person recruitment events, and so recruiters and hiring managers are embracing bespoke service providers to help them recruit for more complex positions, especially those that now require a unique remote-work skillset. For candidates, the once upwardly mobile are seeking more remote positions, with many companies and agencies now conducting the entire recruitment and onboarding process online. Joining Maddie on this episode of The State Of Work is Moritz Drerup, the co-founder and managing partner of 42matches, a Berlin-based tech recruitment platform that matches global talent with European startups. Listen to Morris and Maddie as they discuss the current and future states of recruitment and why it’s so important to build and hire based on a culture of trust.
November 16, 2021
How payments innovators Currencycloud mastered the shift to remote-first work
with Richard Arundel, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder of Currencycloud.
November 01, 2021
Success Story: Nicole Gottselig
It’s another episode of Success Stories on The State Of Work, where host Maddie Duke chats to individuals about their experiences working remotely or in distributed teams. This week’s guest is Nicole Gottselig, senior content marketing manager at Uberall, a global SaaS provider that offers digital location marketing solutions to their clients. Nicole is also an experienced mindfulness meditator and she speaks to Maddie about her journey in mindfulness meditation practice and and how she’s been facilitating in-person, remote, and hybrid meditation program to her colleagues at Uberall, resulting in an increase of happiness and wellbeing.
October 25, 2021
Can hiring remote talent solve the tech skills shortage?
with Pau Sabria, Co-Founder at Remotely.works
October 19, 2021
Success Story: Christina Voll
October 11, 2021
Designing creative solutions for optimal remote work environments
With Karsten Kossatz from independesk
October 05, 2021
Success Story: Fernando D'Imperio
Data Engineer at Lano
September 27, 2021
How to manage payroll for globally distributed teams
With Denis Barnard, Director at HRmeansbusiness Ltd. Denis is an industry veteran, with over 30 years experience in HR and payroll and also 20 years experience as a remote worker. He heads up HRmeansbusiness and GreenRiver Technology, is a partner at All Remotely, and is also a published author As technology accelerates to include automation and AI, what does it mean for the current state of payroll? How are companies shortlisting from many providers on offer and how are these providers up-to-date with the ever evolving iterations of remote and distributed teams? Join Maddie and Denis for a discussion about the current state of payroll, how to choose the right provider and what challenges lie ahead for both employers and employees as technology continues to accelerate.
September 21, 2021
Success Story: Sibylle Greindl
with Sibylle Greindl, Head of Acquisition at Accountable, the tax app for freelancers.
September 14, 2021
How investing in leadership training creates a more successful organization
With Jenny Jung and Anna Löw, co-founders of MindTheLeader. What does it mean to lead during disruptive and transformative times? What kind of soft skills do today’s leaders need and where can leaders (particularly HR managers) turn to for support? On today’s episode of The State Of Work, Maddie is joined by MindTheLeader co-founders Jenny Jung and Anna Löw. Jenny and Anna started MindTheLeader to help companies to become successful and resilient organizations and to provide leaders with a range of services including organizational development, training, and systemic coaching. Join the conversation as they discuss the role of the organization as a complex living organism, the role of the coach in leadership training, and just what people leaders need in their toolboxes in order to best support their organization and teams.
September 07, 2021
Success Story: Sandra Redlich
This week we’re joined by freelancer Sandra Redlich, a copywriter, marketing consultant, and translator based in Melbourne, Australia. Originally from Berlin, Germany, Sandra relocated abroad to Australia just before the start of the global pandemic. She chats to Maddie about the joys and challenges of freelancing and what it’s like to relocate your freelance business abroad, as well as tips for creating routines, avoiding burnout, handling difficult clients, and celebrating successes.
August 30, 2021
Can HR automation software help to boost employee engagement?
with Francesco Carbone, Chief Operating Officer at Kenjo. Joining Maddie on The State Of Work is Francesco Carbone, Chief Operating Officer of Kenjo, a SaaS company that specialises in digitising and automating HR processes for small and medium size companies. Kenjo’s main objective is to automate HR administrative tasks, which allows HR people to really focus on growing and nurturing the professional and personal development of their employees. Maddie and Francesco discuss the importance of measuring employee engagement, what employers can do and are doing to create a positive company culture, employee-driven team building events and how Kenjo is using technology to facilitate these processes across Europe and Latin America.
August 24, 2021
Success Story: Sebastian Gellwitzki
with Sebastian Gellwitzki, Head of Partnership Management and Production Hub at simpleshow. Welcome back to Success Stories, our new regular feature on The State Of Work. Maddie chats to individuals and their experiences about working in a remote or distributed team. This week we’re joined by Sebastian Gellwitzki, Head of Global Partner Management & Production Hub, simpleshow. Sebastian joins Maddie for a discussion about how simpleshow are using Lano to manage their globally distributed team of creative freelancers and how the Lano tool supports them with project management, invoicing and payments in multiple currencies and onboarding their global team of talent.
August 17, 2021
How to navigate local taxes when scaling your business globally
with John Lee, Co-Founder of the Work From Anywhere team. We've seen companies advertise ‘work from anywhere’ as part of their recruitment marketing campaigns. And as potential employees, it’s an incredibly appealing perk. But many workers and independent contractors are simply unaware of the impact it has on their taxes when it comes to where they reside, do their work, what their nationality is, and complications of double taxation laws. On this episode we meet Irishman John Lee, co-founder of Work From Anywhere. He joins Maddie on The State Of Work to discuss the implications and obligations of everyone’s favourite topic… tax! In his research when starting Work From Anywhere, tax often came up as the number one pain point for employees and employers and so they developed a tool to help remote workers to facilitate their tax risk and provide them access to a global marketplace of tax advisers. Maddie and John discuss the many risks involved with tax, from digital nomads, business travellers, and of course, remote workers. The good news is that with planning, strategy, awareness and the right risk-assessment tools in place, remote workers are becoming more aware of their tax obligations as they navigate this changing world of work. Join Maddie and John for an enlightening discussion about the complexities of “working from anywhere”
August 10, 2021
Success Story: Halley Bennett
with Halley Bennett, Head of Marketing at Lano. Introducing Success Stories, our new regular feature on The State Of Work. Maddie will be chatting to individuals and their experiences about working in a remote or distributed team. This week we’re joined by Halley Bennett, Head of Marketing at Lano. "It has changed my life tremendously to be able to work from the location that is well suited to the lifestyle that I want to have, but also helps me be a more productive and successful member of a team."
August 03, 2021
Best business practices for hiring, onboarding and working with freelancers
with Stefan Palios, writer and entrepreneur. The pandemic changed the way businesses, companies, and other organizations view remote workers, particularly freelancers. When COVID-19 arrived, freelancers were seemingly ahead of the curve, all set up to work from home. Typically entrepreneurial and used to uncertainty, many freelancers are now seen as an integral part of business expansion, including both a long and short term growth strategy. In this episode of The State Of Work, Maddie is joined by Canadian freelancer and remote work advocate Stefan Palios. As an experienced writer and coach, Stefan joins us on The State Of Work to share his best business practices when it comes to hiring, onboarding and working with freelancers and independent contractors. As an experienced freelancer, Stefan believes that the best relationships between businesses and freelancers are a partnership, with each stakeholder playing their key role. He draws on his experience of successes (and failures!) to coach other freelancers on sales strategies, the value they can offer their clients and how to navigate this new business economy.
July 28, 2021
Building the HR toolkit of the future: The story behind Merge
With Shensi Ding and Gil Feig, co-founders of Merge. At their weekly catchups, friends Shensi Ding and Gil Teig discovered they were facing similar integration problems across their respective industries. Combining their various expertise, they joined forces in 2020 to found Merge, a developer-friendly integrations platform that utilizes one API to integrate with all HR, payroll, recruitment, and accounting platforms. B2B businesses can partner with the Merge API to offer a full category of integrations to their customers, allowing Merge to handle the full integrations lifecycle - from an easy initial build, to hand-held end-user onboarding, to fully managed maintenance. Joining Maddie on The State Of Work to discuss their founder journey and how API integrations are helping their customers with their HRIS, ATS and accounting integrations, we welcome co-founders Shensi Ding and Gil Teig. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano. Lano makes it easy to build and manage your global team.
July 12, 2021
How a Fintech-as-a-Service platform is disrupting global mass payments
with Sarel Tal, VP EMEA at Rapyd. The rise of remote work has created significant market development in the global payments industry. Companies and individuals are looking for efficient payment solutions that span multiple jurisdictions and currencies, and that can also be deployed at scale. Founded in 2016, Rapyd is the world’s largest local payments network and is on a mission to “power frictionless global commerce”. Most recently, the API-based Fintech-as-a-Service platform raised $300 million in funding, after quadrupling their revenue in 2020. Raypd’s accelerated growth has expedited payments and created global opportunities for businesses to enter new markets. They serve a current client base that includes over 5000 businesses including eCommerce, tech companies and marketplaces. The State Of Work welcomes Rapyd’s VP of EMEA Sarel Tal to the podcast. Maddie and Sarel chat about global payroll trends, the technology behind Rapyd and why commercial and financial interactions have grown exponentially as a result of COVID-19.
June 28, 2021
Demystifying remote work: Compliance for the new normal
with Bhagyashree Pancholy, lawyer and remote work compliance consultant. Maddie and Bhagyashree take a deep dive into what is and what isn’t remote work (and why words matter), as well as the broader compliance risks businesses face when building and managing remote teams. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano. Lano makes it easy to hire and pay employees and contractors in over 150 countries in compliance with local laws and in over 50 currencies.
June 15, 2021
Creating growth: Tips for effective remote product management
With Johnny Quach from Hostelworld. Product management requires a unique combination of strategy, technology, design and the ability to find opportunities that will create impact—a crucial role that drives the success of modern companies. In 2020, the global travel industry was hit heavily by COVID-19. Legacy travel booking company Hostelworld saw this disruption as an opportunity and used the time to get to work, mobilising their remote offices and teams in order to accelerate all the things they wanted to improve about their OTA product, an immense effort which resulted in one of their most productive years to date. At Hostelworld, Chief Product Officer Johnny Quch leads a distributed team of over 150 people and chats with Maddie on The State Of Work about the importance of distributed team alignment, why strategy is so crucial for product managers, and how his multitude of external hobbies inspire growth and iteration across the board.
June 01, 2021
Estonian e-Residency: The easiest way to start and manage a company in the EU
In this episode, Maddie is joined by Alex Wellman to discuss Estonia’s e-Residency program, their digital-first infrastructure, and how digital nomads and entrepreneurs can join 80 000 residents from over 170 countries who are making the most of less bureaucracy, reduced paperwork and increased digital services. Alex Wellman is part of a team leading Estonia’s e-Residency program, working to make e-Residency accessible to everyone in the world. Shownotes at podcast.lano.io The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano. Lano makes it easy to hire and pay employees and contractors in over 150 countries in compliance with local laws and in over 50 currencies.
May 19, 2021
Key insights and tips for building and scaling a business remotely
With Ricardo Fernandez, Managing Director in Spain for Limehome. Ricardo Fenandez knows a thing or two about remote work. He’s spent over 10 years working remotely, and has worked for more than 6 years managing and scaling remote teams in 8 countries and 10 locations. Currently he’s the managing director at leading digital hospitality brand Limehome and he joins Maddie on The State Of Work to share his insights and advice. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano. Lano makes it easy to hire and pay the best talent on the planet, wherever they may be.
May 06, 2021
How to engage your remote team by building a community-first culture
with Lauren Piro, Head of People & Culture at Quiip. Organizational culture defines both the behavioural standards and the working environment between a business and its employees. Whilst traditionally these were centered around social, in-person environments such as lunchrooms and the infamous water-cooler, the social and behavioural aspects of the remote work culture is now virtual and presents a different set of challenges. In this episode of The State Of Work, Maddie is joined by Lauren Piro, the People & Culture Director at Quiip, community management specialists. As an experienced community manager since the early days of the internet to her current role leading the entirely distributed and remote-first team at Quiip, Lauren shares with our listeners how online communities thrive and survive and what principles we can take from them when it comes to building and nurturing a remote team culture that aligns with your organizational values. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke for Lano.
April 19, 2021
How radical transparency can improve productivity for remote teams
with Liam Martin from Time Doctor. Metrics, transparency, accountability, and employee monitoring are very topical concerns for managers of distributed teams. And in order for remote businesses & freelancers to work together harmoniously, is radical transparency really the answer for increasing worker productivity? How does a time tracking tool increase productivity anyway? Remote workers were disrupting the 40-hour working week long before the COVID global pandemic. Now, many businesses (who were not previously remote-first) have dramatically shifted their business models to rethink how they work, lead, manage and thrive. By 2025 it is predicted that up to 50% of the (US) workforce will be remote. Does enabling workers to track their time help them to become more productive? Does productivity equate to greater worker satisfaction? Can business owners relax and rely on metrics to effectively manage their distributed team’s productivity? And how does data transparency impact the employer/employee relationship? Maddie is joined in this episode by serial entrepreneur Liam Martin. As co-founder of Time Doctor and Staff.com, Liam has created one of the world’s leading time tracking tools for remote teams, by using machine learning to help optimize worker productivity. Liam is also a passionate remote work advocate and organizer of popular remote work conference Running Remotely, the largest conference on building and scaling remote teams. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano, providing all the necessary tools to hire, onboard, and pay a global team of employees, and a free all-in-one app for freelancers to manage clients, invoices, and payments. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
April 08, 2021
Overcoming remote working challenges in the creative industries: Film
With Marc-Daniel Dichant, Film Producer, Shoot’n’Post. Working in creative industries has always been challenging, but the fall-out from COVID-19 for artists has been epoch-making even as the audience demand for film and entertainment has increased during global lockdowns. Pre-COVID, technology has been a major disruptor and game-changer for filmmakers and the entire film industry, but the shift to a purely remote workforce has come with numerous challenges. Even in normal times, it takes a lot of vision and resilience to pursue a career in film. Film industry professionals were some of the original remote workers. Whether they were shooting films on location or attending film festivals and trade events; filmmakers, cast and crew were used to producing under demanding circumstances, in unusual locations, and for intense periods at a time. In the first of our series focusing on creative industries, Maddie is joined by Oscar-nominated film producer Marc-Daniel Dichant. They discuss the current state of the film industry, online film festivals and networking, making films remotely and how crucial the live audience is to film culture. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano, providing all the necessary tools to hire, onboard, and pay a global team of employees, and a free all-in-one app for freelancers to manage clients, invoices, and payments. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
March 22, 2021
How remote-first businesses and freelancers can minimise their compliance risk
With Andrea Carlon from Lano. How do you navigate hiring someone you’ve never met in person before? What legal challenges do businesses face when building, onboarding and paying a remote team? And as a freelancer, are you allowed to work a full-time workload for just one client? Compliance is a crucial, challenging, and complex part of doing business that requires lots of expertise support. Each country has differing work, taxation and residency laws and requirements of its residents. From the business side, it means complying with social insurances, payroll taxes and reporting, contractual and labour law as well as dealing with the endless reporting to the relevant civil and administrative authorities. Andrea Carlon is the Head of Partnerships at Lano. She joins host Maddie Duke on The State of Work. In this episode, Maddie and Andrea explore how businesses and freelancers can successfully ensure they’re running a compliant business, no matter where the company and team members are located. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
March 11, 2021
Attracting and recruiting talent during a global pandemic
With Claire McNamara, Global Head of Talent Acquisition at ResearchGate. ResearchGate is a social networking platform for scientists and researchers with over 19 million users. With a leadership team that includes two virologists, ResearchGate sprang into action quickly, shifting their team of almost 200 employees to a fully remote work setup during the onset of Covid-19. As a senior recruiter with 20 years experience, Clare McNamara joins host Maddie Duke and shares her insights on the sudden shift to remote work, recruiting remotely, compliance challenges, navigating the psychological shift for employees as well as the complexities of talent relocation during border closures, travel restrictions and a continuing global pandemic. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano, providing all the tools necessary to build and manage a global team in one place, as well as an all-in-one app for freelancers to manage clients, invoices, and payments. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
February 24, 2021
Investing in global-first startups with Cédric Waldburger
Investing in startups and remote work advocacy with founder and entrepreneur, Cédric Waldburger. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano, providing all the tools necessary to build and manage a global team in one place, as well as an all-in-one app for freelancers to manage clients, invoices, and payments. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
February 09, 2021
Rural innovation, digitization, and countryside coworking
Rural innovation, digitisation, and countryside coworking with Coconat co-founder and CEO Julianne Becker and freelance WordPress developer Mauricio Disilvestro. The State Of Work is brought to you by Lano, providing all the tools necessary to build and manage a global team in one place, as well as an all-in-one app for freelancers to manage clients, invoices, and payments. The State Of Work is produced by Fiona Laughton and Maddie Duke.
February 09, 2021
Introducing: The State Of Work
Introducing The State Of Work, the podcast by Lano. The State Of Work is about finding your place in the changing world of work—as a business or an organisation. As trends continue to evolve, we need to radically rethink the way we work. We’ll take a look at how we work, how we hire and manage people, and how we live in this increasingly global workplace. The State of Work is brought to you by LANO, a global employment and remote work platform. Find out more at lano.io.
January 21, 2021