I've spoken to 2,000+ people about remote work in the last 12 months

A few predictions of what is likely to emerge before 2030

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🚜 Rural Living: World-class people will move to smaller cities, have a lower cost of living & higher quality of life

These regions must innovate quickly to attract that wealth. Better schools, faster internet connections are a must
⏰ Asynchronous Work: Offices are instantaneous gratification distraction factories where synchronous work makes it impossible to get stuff done

Tools that enable asynchronous work are the most important thing globally remote teams need. A lot of startups will try to tackle this
⚽️ 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 isolation
🌍 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 don't will lose their best people to their biggest competitors
βœ… Output Focus: Time will be replaced as the main KPI for judging performance by productivity and output

Great workers will be the ones who deliver what they promise consistently

Advancement decisions will be decided by capability rather than who you drink beer with after work
πŸ’° Private Equity: The hottest trend of the next decade for private equity will see them purchase companies, make them remote-first

The cost saving in real-estate at scale will be eye-watering. The productivity gains will be the final nail in the coffin for the office
😴 Working Too Much: Companies worry that the workers won't work enough when operating remotely.

The opposite will be true and become a big problem

Remote workers burning out because they work too much will have to be addressed
✈️ Remote Retreats: Purpose-built destinations that allow for entire companies to fly into a campus for a synchronous week

Likely staffed with facilitators and educators who train staff on how to maximize effectiveness
❀️ Life-Work Balance: The rise of remote will lead to people re-prioritizing what is important to them

Organizing your work around your life will be the first noticeable switch. People realizing they are more than their job will lead to deeper purpose in other areas
πŸ’© Bullshit Tasks: The need to pad out your 8 hour day will evaporate, replaced by clear tasks and responsibilities

Workers will do what needs to be done rather than wasting their trying to look busy with the rest of the office
πŸ§˜β€β™€οΈ 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
πŸ€– 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
πŸ’€ Death of HQ: The office is dead but offices will persist. They’ll be used less frequently then hardly at all

Co-working, subscription clubs, will emerge that let workers who prefer that mode of work to operate from there
🚐 Remote Living: Work from anywhere RVs will become huge business

Associated business parks and services will spring up. This will happen even more rapidly as self-driving tech emerges

Expect a @Tesla product in this space
βš–οΈ Lifework Balance: Massive increases in part-time and freelance work

A recognition that we no longer have to sacrifice work for living, we can organize work around our lives
πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ Community-Led SaaS: as no-code continues to grow, tech is barely a barrier

Communities become the most important most a company has
🎟 Remote Visa: Small nations coming together in order to attract remote workers at different stages of the year

Huge opportunity to synchronize education to enable families to be more fluid in their locations
πŸ›‘ Meeting Death: Wasting 2 hours traveling to a meeting will end. The benefits of in-person are eroded by the benefits you get of not traveling

Conferences and quarterly networking events will become more important for cultivating in-person relationships
πŸ’ƒ Personal Choice: The smartest people I know personally are all planning to work remotely this decade

The most exciting companies I know personally all plan to hire remotely this decade

~90% of the workforces we've spoken to never want to be in an office again full-time
✍️ Written over Spoken: Documentation is the unspoken superpower of remote teams. The most successful team members remotely will be great writers

Companies are searching for ways to do this more effectively. Tools that enable others to write better will explode
Interested in why these companies are talking to me? FirstbaseHQ.com

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7 May
Heard this from 100+ people:

1️⃣Company surveys team on how much remote work they want

2️⃣60%+ want remote 4+ days a week, 95% want 3+ days

3️⃣Company says they will allow remote 1-2 days a week

4️⃣Company SHOCKED by anger

Media won’t report this!

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πŸš€Emotional rollercoaster: Companies response usually looks this:

😧why is this happening?
πŸ˜”we’ve had offices for decades
🀯why do they not like them now?
🀬THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT!

They think they know better!
🎑Hyper Turnover: We’re about to live through the highest period of turnover in history between companies

People will optimize for the work situation that gives them the highest quality of life

Companies hiring remotely will dominate the next decade as a result
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4 May
Bill Gates believes 100M+ workers will work remotely after Covid

A few things companies must get right to succeed

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😴 Prevent Burnout: The pandemic has shown remote work works. The lack of boundaries has caused burnout

Many companies are implementing wellness days where their teams get an unplanned day off once every 1-2 months
🎳 Collaboration: Not being able to get around a whiteboard is something companies worry about

Many are using tools virtual tools to overcome this and find they can do almost everything they did in the office

Many things are actually improved
Read 22 tweets
30 Apr
I've spoken to 1,500+ people about remote work in the last 6 months

In that time we've raised $15M to build Firstbase

A few predictions of what is likely to emerge before 2025

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🚜 Rural Living: World-class people will move to smaller cities, have a lower cost of living & higher quality of life

These regions must innovate quickly to attract that wealth. Better schools, faster internet connections are a must
⏰ Asynchronous Work: Offices are instantaneous gratification distraction factories where synchronous work makes it impossible to get stuff done

Tools that enable asynchronous work are the most important thing globally remote teams need. A lot of startups will try to tackle this
Read 22 tweets
29 Apr
Some news: @FirstbaseHQ has raised a $13m Series A led by @a16z

In the last year, 11,000+ companies with 20m+ employees signed up to learn how we can help them set up, support, and scale their remote team globally

A few reasons why this is so important

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❀️Why Remote: I missed my daughter walking, laughing & talking for the first time. Almost everyone who's worked in an office has a similar story

Remote meant a higher quality of life. More time to do the things that make me happiest

While continuing to do meaningful work
🌱Founding Story: Me and @TreyBastian, founded a FinTech startup initially. It had to be remote because of the above and also it was the only way we knew we could find, attract and retain great talent

As we built a remote team we immediately began encountering challenges
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18 Apr
Over the last 12 months, my tweets on remote work have had 80,000,000+ impressions

Here are my learnings, predictions & advice

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πŸ“š The 21 most important lessons talking to 2,500 companies in the last 12 months taught me

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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
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13 Apr
20 things remote companies must get right

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😴 Prevent Burnout: The pandemic has shown remote work works.The lack of boundaries has caused burnout

Many companies are implementing wellness days where their teams get an unplanned day off once every 1-2 months
🎳 Collaboration: Not being able to get around a whiteboard is something companies worry about

Many are using tools like @MURAL to overcome this and finding they can do almost everything they did in the office
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