Toptal Insights

With the world’s largest fully remote workforce, Toptal knows what it takes to stay competitive in today's economy. On Toptal Insights, we explore how talent plays an integral role in driving innovation, and the new ways of working that companies need to embrace to ensure they attract and retain the best.

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Toptalauthors are vetted experts in their fields and write on topics in which they have demonstrated experience. All of our content is peer reviewed and validated by Toptal experts in the same field.

The Right Way to Run Hybrid Meetings

Sacha Connor logged more than 10,000 hours in hybrid meetings while leading marketing and innovation teams at The Clorox Company. Here are her hard-won tips for running successful sessions.

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Sacha Connor

Sacha Connor

Sacha Connor is a former Director of Marketing at The Clorox Company and Founder and CEO of Virtual Work Insider, a consultancy that teaches hybrid and remote best practices. Connor’s expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and the Society of Human Resource Management publications.

Remote, not re-moat

In the name of “returning to normal,” companies are forcing employees back into the office, locking out both themselves and their employees from working remotely—and all of the benefits that it brings.

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Taso Du Val

Taso Du Val

As Toptal’s Chief Executive Officer, Taso manages Toptal’s core team of hundreds of team members distributed throughout the world, with a focus on innovation. Since Toptal was founded in 2010, Taso has led it to become the largest high-skilled, on-demand talent network in the world. Taso serves on the board of multiple organizations, advising on talent strategy and innovation for Fortune 100s and nonprofits. Taso has guest lectured at Harvard Business School, Wharton, and Oxford on talent management and entrepreneurship.

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Why MassMutual Ditched Hierarchical Job Titles—and Reaped Big Rewards

MassMutual shook up its hierarchical organizational structure to create a more collaborative workforce. Experts weigh in on how it’s going—and what leaders can learn from the overhaul.

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Kerry Hannon

Kerry Hannon

An expert on entrepreneurship, personal finance, and retirement, Hannon has written more than a dozen books, including Great Pajama Jobs.

3 Bold Predictions for the Real Future of Virtual Work

Pandemic-necessitated remote work arrangements brought the office and all of its pitfalls into the home. The future of virtual work will look entirely different.

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Matthew M.F. Miller

Matthew M.F. Miller

Senior Writer Matthew M. F. Miller is a bestselling author with articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and more.

The Right Mix: Blending Remote Cultures After a Merger or Acquisition

Bringing together two businesses and their distinct cultures can be especially tricky when workforces are remote. Cultural due diligence and active listening can help ensure a unified operation.

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June Bell

June Bell

June Bell is an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in The National Law Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, and HR Magazine.

How to Lead Fewer, Better Meetings in 2021 and Beyond

Author Daniel Stillman shares tips every leader needs to improve the organizational communication issues plaguing suddenly remote teams.

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Matthew M.F. Miller

Matthew M.F. Miller

Senior Writer Matthew M. F. Miller is a bestselling author with articles in the Los Angeles Times, The Dallas Morning News, and more.

How Open Talent Can Drive Healthcare’s Digital Transformation

The keys to future growth, innovation, and safety will require access to the exact skills needed at the exact right time.

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Erik Stettler

Erik Stettler

Data scientist and venture capitalist who has invested in 50 global tech companies. He is the Chief Economist at Toptal.

How Verizon Created an Award-winning Virtual Internship Program

Last year, Verizon transformed its internship program to be fully remote. Here’s how they created a rewarding experience for students and managers.

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Stephanie Emma Pfeffer

Stephanie Emma Pfeffer

Stephanie Emma Pfeffer is a sought-after storyteller for bestselling publications like People, Family Circle, Self, and New York Magazine.

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