Remote isn’t just about the future of work

It’s a bridge to a higher quality of life

Rather than a job – and an office – being the anchor of our social lives, it’s about democratising access to opportunity

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Remote work should lead to individuals having more choice

Not just spending time with people selected by HR teams, where your deepest common bond is a shared reliance on the economic success of that employer – where if that changes relationships end
Offices have been great for certain demographics – but disqualified/discriminated against almost most others

- single parents
- caring for family members
- health conditions and impairments

The offices makes staying in office work incredibly difficult if not impossible
‘What about young people in shares apartments’


But is this an issue with remote or the implication of expensive cities and needing to live close enough to commute daily?
‘There are mental health implications’


But is this a natural issue with remote work, or an implication of COVID-enforced lockdown WFH where we can’t see family, friends, go to coffee shops or travel?
Is remote work perfect? No.
Is every person going to do it? No.

But should every individual have the flexibility to select the mode of work that they happiest with?


Going forward, millions of people will have that.
There absolutely has to be more rigorous debate on this

I’m very concerned companies replicate ‘office culture’ and expectations remotely and we end up with surveillance tech in people’s homes
The elongation of synchronous expectations would be disastrous

Replicating the office remotely is equally as bad

We need to use this paradigm shift to create a new system that leads to a higher quality of life.
If we just think about remote as the ‘future of work’ remote won’t have the impact it should

This isn’t about replicating what we have – it’s about creating something new which is exponentially better

We need to build ‘the future of living’
Much of the discourse around remote is plain wrong

Almost every ‘issue’ people highlight about it is actually an implication of the high cost living in cities & needing to live close enough to commute daily

And spending more time at the office, & less with people we choose
Remote isn’t perfect

But it replaces a broken system which is a remnant of the industrial revolution

We must get how it replaces it right rather than just thinking about it as an upgrade of what already exists

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9 Feb
I've spoken to 2,000+ companies over the last 12 months about their plans for remote work going forward

Here are a few things I've learned

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🏢HQ’s are finished: companies will cut their commercial office space by 50-70%

The will allow every worker to work from home 2-4 days a week, and come into the office 1-2 days a week
🌍 Fully distributed: ~30% of the companies we talk to are getting rid of the office entirely and going remote-first

Companies doing this have seen their workers decentralize rapidly, leaving expensive cities to be closer to family
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4 Feb
Them: you should try to see this from the office perspective. Rather than telling everyone that doesn't share the same option as you that they are wrong

Cognitive dissonance is a hell of a drug

Only 4% of people want to work in an office full-time
A massive part of the problem around the rise of remote and flexible work is the media reporting this as something that is nearly 50/50

96% of people never want to work in an office full-time again
Millions of people will never work in an office again

Millions more never want to work there again

Let's stop pretending otherwise
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23 Jan
I spoke to 5 global enterprises about remote work last week

Here’s what they told me about their plans for the future

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💰 Office space: All of them have $Billion real estate portfolios

All of them plan to cut it by atleast 50% and as much as 70%
📍 Talent Access: The thing they are most interested in is access to talent

Rather than hiring the best person in a 30-mile radius of the office, they’ll hire the best person on the planet
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17 Jan
MILLIONS of people will never work in an office again full-time

There are 255 million desk jobs globally. 128m+ will be done remotely a majority of the times by 2030…
A Gartner survey of HR execs said 90% of companies will allow at least some remote work indefinitely

A survey of 32,000+ people I conducted last week said 96% of people don’t want to work in an office again full-time Image
Let’s hope it leads to a quality of life upgrade a generation of workers deserve

For me, traditional work meant missing my daughter walk & laugh for the 1st time

If the pandemic has any silver lining maybe it’s realizing remote is the future of living over the future of work
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16 Jan
In the last 12 months I've spoken to 1,500+ companies about their plans for remote work in 2021

Here are a few 'request for startup ideas' based on what I've heard

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⭐️ Personal Branding: The best companies in the world will empower individuals to create and grow their personal brands

Companies who elevate their people will dominate in talent attractions and retention
🤖 Personal RPA: Robotic process automation will transform work for individuals.

No-code tools that enable workers to build bots that automate menial parts of their roles will be huge
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14 Jan
The largest companies on the planet will cut office space by 50-70% over the next 3 years

128m+ of the 255m desk jobs globally will be done remotely at least 3 days a week by 2030

This is the first inning of remote work
The death of the office has been greatly exaggerated? Hardly

People are craving physical connection
Parents are struggling with schooling
We all miss things we can’t do now

The office? Nope

In a post-vaccine world, the benefits of remote increase even more dramatically
It’s not an either or. We will still see colleagues but it won’t be every week. Monthly onsites & quarterly off sites are most likely

This is eCommerce vs. Bricks and Mortar retail all over again

eCompanies crunch bricks and mortar companies
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