This is the biggest mistake people make when thinking about remote work because:

1. Retention in remote-first companies is typically much higher

2. Relationships are typically much closer in remote-first companies
Lack of meaningful relationships is a deep societal issue magnified by the office due to the elongation of time people spend there

This leads to them having no time for hobbies where they meet people with shared interests

They get less time with the people they care about most
Your closest social contact being chosen by your employer isn’t typically a good thing

It leads to shallow superficial relationships where the deepest common bond is the continued economic success of said employer

Where if that changes relationships end
Said another way, how many people do you still talk to from your previous employer?

How many people do you still talk to from the one before that?

Compare that to relationships built at clubs/hobbies etc.
That’s not to say people don’t make friends at the office, they clearly do

But they are just not as long lasting as some people want to paint them
Remote doesn’t mean you never meet you team – it means you are more purposeful about it

When remote teams come together it is with the intention to build communication and collaboration muscles
People escape the inane daily conversation around what was on television of last night and can go deeper on the things that matter to their colleagues
Offices have become instantaneous gratification adult kids clubs which permit disruption in the name of collaboration and communication

The outcome excuses distractions as busyness where getting shit done is secondary
It also ignores the realities around who benefit from offices by making it harder for certain demographic groups to become part of the inner circle
Remote relationships aren’t better or worse than in office relationships, they’re different

To suggest they make it harder becoming friendly with colleagues because your are physically present is wrong
I’ve personally built some of my closest relationships with colleagues I don’t work with IRL

Some of my closest friendships have been formed over twitter with people I’ve never even met in person

It’s not harder, just different

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11 Oct
Is going to the office broken?

Based on @Calnewport_ piece in the @NewYorker about me & remote work:…

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🧠 Knowledge work: When knowledge work became a major economic sector in the twentieth century, the necessity to have employees work together around stationary machinery, as in the classic factory model, was curtailed
📍Why Co-location Happened: Knowledge work requires collaboration and access to information, both of which are conveniently served when individuals are physically near each other

Companies adapted the standardized nine-to-five work shift into the white-collar world
Read 16 tweets
8 Oct
What I've learnt talking to 2,500+ companies about remote work

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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
3 Oct
The more I talk to people about ‘hybrid work’ the bigger the problem becomes

What companies and workers think think hybrid is are very different

Workers = being able to work remotely whenever they want

Companies = telling workers when they must attend

This will blow up ⏰💣
When both parties say they want hybrid it appears there is agreement

There isn’t

Workers thing that being surveyed during the pandemic means they have made how much remote they want very clear

They expect to be listened to

Most companies won’t
We are about to live through the highest period of turnover between companies in history

And companies will be shocked

“We asked you what we want and gave you what we think you wanted”

This isn’t the great resignation

It’s the great reset
Read 5 tweets
30 Sep
I've spoken to 1,500+ people about remote work in the last 9 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
Read 22 tweets
20 Sep
Goodhire recently surveyed 3,500 Americans to understand the current state of remote work

What they discovered will shock every company thinking about going back to an office full-time

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68% of Americans would choose remote working options over in-office work
85% of Americans believe that their colleagues and other employees around the nation prefer working remotely rather than working from the company office.
Read 14 tweets
10 Sep
I spoke to 10 x Billion $ companies who canceled return to the office due to the delta variant

A few predictions on what else is going to happen

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☠️ Office Death: leases are expiring and not being renewed

By the time people can return to the office a lot of companies will no longer have space to return to
🏃‍♂️City Flight: workers will continue to leave the cities their offices are located in

Many will end up quitting their jobs if their companies try to force them back to the office
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