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19 Feb, 14 tweets, 12 min read
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 πŸ‘‡
πŸ’¬ 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
πŸ“Ή 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
πŸ“† Scheduling: With the rise of never-ending Zoom calls, remote workers need better scheduling apps.

@Calendly, Acuity, Doodle, are all great continues to intrigue, while other AI assistants will continue to emerge due to how much they are needed
❀️Team Engagement: Bringing an office like feel & finding ways to engage with employees can be harder with no office

Physical virtual offices have emerged: @branch_gg @pragliHQ & @tandem_HQ are all awesome, alongside more established co's like @sococo
πŸš€ Project Management: Switching from measuring time to outcome is remote works super power. Measuring it is a challenge

@Atlassian dominates this space

@asana, @Wrike, @mondaydotcom, @clickup and @loopteamco are all currently emerging for remote teams remote work
🎟Virtual Events: The hottest space of the pandemic

@hopin has emerged as one of the fastest-growing companies in history

Attending workshops, networking, & socializing are super important for remote teams. Other great companies: @HeySummit, @runtheworldtv, @GoldcastEvents
⭐️ Talent Marketplaces: Hiring quality workers cannot be looked-over! As technology is advancing, so has the future of hiring, with the birth of Talent Marketplaces

@turingcom, @gosquaredaway, @toptal, @Upwork, @Jopwell, @fiverr are all tackling different parts of this equation
πŸ’° Global Payroll: Remote companies can hire the best workers no matter where they live. Paying them is a problem

@remote, @deel, @withpanther, and others are solving what may be the most difficult problem companies face
πŸ‘©β€πŸ« Learning: Working isn’t the only area of life going remote, learning is also transitioning to E-learning

@teachable, @udemy, @coursera, stand at the forefront of an education revolution that is still just emerging
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ³ Coaching: Receiving coaching is an area of remote work that is bound to boom. Professional athletes have known this forever. This will translate to other areas.

@trypractice, @truecoachco, @mypthub all super interesting takes on different opportunities in different areas
πŸƒβ€β™€οΈ Health & wellbeing: both an essential component of remote work, as workers have to be in their best mental and physical condition to work

@talkspace, @betterhelp, @doxyme, @babylonhealth
πŸ’… Grooming & Personal Care: will play a growing and increasingly vital role in the life of remote workers

@getsquire, @TheCut, @GetZeel, @Soothe
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19 Feb
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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❀️ Life-Work Balance: The rise of remote lets people prioritise what’s important to them

People realizing they are more than there job will lead to deeper purpose in other areas
βš–οΈ 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
Read 22 tweets
14 Feb
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
Read 11 tweets
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
Read 23 tweets
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
Read 4 tweets
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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πŸ’° 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%
πŸ“ 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
Read 21 tweets
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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