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ROI Annual Program Report 2020-2021

We are pleased to report on the remarkable impacts achieved by Utah State University (USU) Extension’s Remote Online Initiative (ROI) program in 2021! Despite the exceptional challenges we have all experienced due to the global pandemic, our small team has persevered. As a program, we realized tremendous success in strengthening and diversifying Utah’s rural economy by empowering residents through remote work opportunities.

Build Excellence in Your Distributed Team

What: At the 2022 Remote Teams Summit, you will have the opportunity to network with other professionals who are also managing distributed teams. You’ll hear from experts about topics like:

  • How to build practices of excellence in your distributed team.
  • Effective techniques for team collaboration and inspiring remote employees.
  • The latest tools for performance management and virtual communication, both synchronous and asynchronous.

When: Wed, May 4, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM MDT

Where: Utah Valley Convention Center, 220 West Center Street 
Provo, UT 84601


In a First, Remote Jobs Attract a Majority of Applications on LinkedIn

In a first for LinkedIn, remote jobs received 50% of all applications in February 2022 — despite representing less than 20% of all jobs posted. As such, candidates are showing far more interest in remote jobs than onsite opportunities. You can gain a competitive edge in the job market for remote positions by completing the Certified Remote Work Professional course.


10 simple rules to make email (within teams) more efficient

You don’t need an interoffice communications manual to get the people you work with to communicate better. Just lead by example using a few of these simple rules.

  1. Don’t reply to everything
  2. Don’t email everything (keep a list)
  3. Do an email-handshake first
  4. Shorter is better
  5. Is email the best medium for this question?
  6. Keep emotions out of it
  7. Don’t email documents
  8. Only CC with a reason
  9. BCC is a great gift
  10. Don’t email at all

Learn more about the details behind these rules.


Employment flexibility for a rural workforce

Utah State University’s Rural Online Initiative (ROI) program is changing the way students enter the workforceThe ROI program focuses on career paths for jobs that are compatible with remote work. ROI program coordinators have already trained, integrated, and placed more than 300 participants in remote jobs.


USU Extension started the Rural Online Initiative back in 2018,” said Trenton Willson, an ROI regional program coordinator in Central Utah. “Back then we were predicting a career shift to remote  work in the coming 5-10 years, however with COVID-19, pandemic remote working became a very sudden transition for many.”

The ROI program helps prepare existing or developing remote employees by combining online work with interactive workshops that equip course participants with the tools needed to transition from on-site work to virtual careers.


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