The 2020s will be remembered as the remote work decade

Having spoken to 1,700+ people about remote work, here are a few reasons why people want it

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โค๏ธ Life-Work Balance: The rise of remote lets people prioritise whatโ€™s important to them

People realizing they are more than there job will lead to deeper purpose in other areas
โš–๏ธ Greater Control: 9-5 working is a remnant of the industrial revolution

Nobody is productive being forced to work 8 straight hours every day

Remote allows people to work around living rather than sacrificing life for work
๐Ÿ“† More Freedom: Office work disqualifies or discriminated against certain groups

Remote is freedom to access opportunity for

- single parents
- caring for family members
- health conditions or impairments
๐Ÿš— Less Waste: having to commute fir two hours a day to work on the same technology you have at home is insane

Having experienced remote work, 90% of workers never want to work in an office again full-time
๐Ÿง˜โ€โ™€๏ธ Health & Wellbeing: A lack of commute will give workers 25 extra days a year to do other things

Workers will exploit the freedom they have to organize things more freely in their day. Afternoon runs, morning meditation, 2 things a lot of people I know now do
โšฝ๏ธ Hobbie Renaissance: Remote working will lead to a rise in people participating in hobbies and activities which link them to people in their local community

This will lead to deeper, more meaningful relationships which overcome societal issues of loneliness and issolation
๐ŸŒ‰ Escape the City: the allure of the city is being eroded by technology. You can easily spend time there without living there

A huge number of people are leaving big cities behind in search of a higher quality of living elsewhere
๐Ÿก Micro Co-working: everybody doesnโ€™t wants to work from home

A third space will emerge: a home on every street is transformed into co-working spaces

It comes with all the amenities needed, like high-quality coffee, and has on-demand fitness equipment like @onepeloton bikes
๐Ÿ‘€ Distraction Avoidance: The backyard home office will skyrocket in popularity

There will be an explosion of people purchasing standalone units for their backyards for this
๐ŸŒ Diversity & Inclusion: The most diverse and inclusive teams in history will emerge rapidly

Companies who embrace it have a first-mover advantage to attract great talent globally

Companies who donโ€™t will lose their best people to their biggest competitors
๐Ÿค Relationships Reimagined: closest social contact decided by your bossโ€™s HR policies is bad

Leads to shallow superficial relationships because the only thing you have in common is your employers bottom line

Tools that inspire deeper new & existing relationships will be huge
๐Ÿ—ฃ Synchronous Rejection: for too long weโ€™ve accepted disruption and distraction as an excuse for collaboration and communication

Most knowledge working jobs donโ€™t have to be synchronous, productivity is detrimentally effected when they are
๐Ÿ˜„ Happier People: modern office working has led to the deepening of major societal issues

People will find meaning alongside work by depending on the social relationships of work far less
๐ŸŒช Hyper-Turnover: we are about to live through the highest period of turnover between companies in history

Workers will reorganize rapidly, choosing the workplace that suits their working style best
๐Ÿ‘ถ Child Connection: Hearing your childโ€™s first laugh, seeing their first steps wonโ€™t just be in the memory of one parent

Being there, feeling like your children know you. Dropping them at school each day. Small things that remote gives
๐ŸŽซ Visa Issues: The problem with workers having to leave a job due to the expiry of their visas will no longer exist

Companies wonโ€™t accept losing their best people simply because their right to be in a specific country expires

Remote will be an easy option
๐Ÿ“‰4 day work weeks: The arbitrary requirement to work 5 days per week will be diminished as output emerges as the only metrics of performance that matter

A 4 day work week will be the first step, followed by not just a mandate to work anywhere, but to work any time as well
๐Ÿฅจ Ongoing Perks: Coffee, food orders, child care; the next wave of in home perks will give power to each worker to control exactly what they want

Services that let companies provide them while enabling workers to personalize to their preference will explode to prominence
โœˆ๏ธ Travel Explosion: The unshackling of millions of people will lead to revolution

Millions of workers will take working breaks where they travel globally while continuing to work. New visa and forms of taxation will try to emerge to capture this but will prove impossible
๐ŸŽญ Creativity Explosion: Side hustles, passion projects, fan subscription services will accelerate

No-code tools that lower the barrier to entry, providing infrastructure than let's individuals create better product/content more quickly will be a super power for users
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19 Feb
2020 was the year remote work exploded in importance

2021 will be the year the leading companies emerge

Here are the areas that are most interesting ๐Ÿ‘‡
๐Ÿ’ฌ Messaging: since remote workers are not in an office, companies must implement the right communication tools

Synchronous comms dominates today: @Slack, @WhatsApp, @Microsoft

Expect to see async alternative like @doist Twist to continue to grow in popularity
๐Ÿ“น Video Communication: equally important if not more!

Picking up on non-verbal cues that were once easy to pick-up, are now a challenge for remote workers.

@Zoom, @Cisco Webex, @Microsoft dominating sync video

Async platforms like @Loom and @cloudapp are emerging rapidly
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14 Feb
Remote isnโ€™t just about the future of work

Itโ€™s a bridge to a higher quality of life

Rather than a job โ€“ and an office โ€“ being the anchor of our social lives, itโ€™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 โ€“ where if that changes relationships end
Offices have been great for certain demographics โ€“ 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
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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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๐ŸขHQโ€™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
๐ŸŒ 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

Hereโ€™s what they told me about their plans for the future

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๐Ÿ’ฐ 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%
๐Ÿ“ 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, theyโ€™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 2030โ€ฆ
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 donโ€™t want to work in an office again full-time Image
Letโ€™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 itโ€™s realizing remote is the future of living over the future of work
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