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8 May
A few remote working tips from twenty experts with 100+ years experience working remotely

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๐Ÿช‘get a great chair and desk

An ergonomic chair and an electric sit + stand desk are essential

Nobody wants back pain and itโ€™s impossible to do great work for a long time without them
๐Ÿ—ฃunderstand async working

Asynchronous work is the super power of remote work. It empowers everyone to do deep focussed work without distractions

This allows you to maximize the benefits of remote, have more control over living, and do the best work you have ever produced
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7 May
Heard this from 100+ people:

1๏ธโƒฃCompany surveys team on how much remote work they want

2๏ธโƒฃ60%+ want remote 4+ days a week, 95% want 3+ days

3๏ธโƒฃCompany says they will allow remote 1-2 days a week

4๏ธโƒฃCompany SHOCKED by anger

Media wonโ€™t report this!

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๐Ÿš€Emotional rollercoaster: Companies response usually looks this:

๐Ÿ˜งwhy is this happening?
๐Ÿ˜”weโ€™ve had offices for decades
๐Ÿคฏwhy do they not like them now?
๐ŸคฌTHEY DONโ€™T KNOW WHAT THEY WANT!

They think they know better!
๐ŸŽกHyper Turnover: Weโ€™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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿ˜ด 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
๐ŸŽณ 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
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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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿšœ 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
โฐ 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
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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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โค๏ธ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
๐ŸŒฑFounding 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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๐Ÿ“š The 21 most important lessons talking to 2,500 companies in the last 12 months taught me

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๐Ÿข HQโ€™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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿ˜ด 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
๐ŸŽณ 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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26 Mar
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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿšœ 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
โฐ 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
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18 Mar
In the last 12 months I've spoken to 2,000+ companies about remote work

Here are their biggest concerns and how they are overcoming them

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐Ÿ˜ด Burnout: Having seen the effects that lockdown enforced work from home has had on people, companies biggest concern is their teams burning out

Many are implementing wellness days where their teams get a unplanned day off once every 2 months
๐ŸŽณ Collaboration: Not being able to get around a whiteboard is something companies are concerned about

Many are using tools like @mural to overcome this and finding they can do much of what they did in the office there
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12 Mar
1 year ago today the world changed. Offices locked down & people finally realized how serious Covid was

I've spoken to 2,000+ companies about their plans for hybrid and remote work since then

A few predictions on what will happen in the next 3 years

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๐ŸŽข Hybrid Working: 24 in 25 people want to work remotely at least part-time going forward

Companies will slash 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
๐Ÿšœ Rural Living: People will move to smaller cities and rural areas, 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
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10 Mar
Some people donโ€™t think a lot of people want to work remotely - so lets do a survey in public!

Do you want to work remotely โ€“ at least part time โ€“ going forward?
Do you ever want to work in an office full-time again?
How often to you want to work remotely?
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8 Mar
Sometime this week the number of companies who signed up to learn more about FirstbaseHQ.com will pass 10,000

It's almost 12 months to the day since lockdowns began and remote work accelerated 10yrs into the future

This is still day 1 of remote work

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๐Ÿš” The Remote Work Dilemma: Any company that isn't as remote as it's biggest competitor will perish

9 in 10 people don't want to work in an office again full-time

Any company who doesn't let their team work remotely as much as they want it will lose them to their competitors
๐Ÿ›eCommerce Similarities: In the same way eCommerce continues to destroy companies that refuse to embrace it, remote work will destroy office-first companies

Amazon began with books before expanding horizontally

Remote work started with tech and is now expanding
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8 Mar
I did 2 polls over the last week:

49,000 responses to one on Linkedin
3,000 responses to the other on Twitter

- 8 in 10 people want to work remotely majority of time
- 1 in 25 people want to work in an office full-time
- 1 in 3 people want to work remotely full-time
The most interesting thing is that as I continue to poll with these questions the number of people who want remote most of the time and all the time grows
eCommerce crushed stores

remote work crushes offices

For exactly the same reasons
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1 Mar
Let me make 1 thing clear, and I cannot stress this enough:

Any company that forces everyone back to the office full-time will not make it through this decade
Office work & culture extracted a massive toll on quality of life as commutes elongated, time in the office extended, and time for the things and people we care about most dropped

Remote work is not about the future of work

Remote work is a bridge to a higher quality of life
What people need after a global pandemic isn't an office

People need human contact but is that from colleagues or do you want to hug your parents?

Is that in meetings or do you want to eat dinner with friends?

Is that at the water cooler or travelling and seeing the world?
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26 Feb
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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
๐ŸMandatory Breaks: 'Wellness days' become regular breaks enforced without prior warning they're about to occur

1 day every 2 months on top of regular holidays where a minimum number of days off are set & expected to be taken
๐ŸšœRural Living: A lot of 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
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25 Feb
Theory: remote workers know the best remote workers

Would us upgrading your home office with a FirstbaseHQ.com setup for any intro that leads to us making a hire be appealing to anyone who works remotely?
Current openings:

โค๏ธ head of people
โš™๏ธ head of product
๐Ÿ’ฐ sales executives
๐ŸŽจ product designer
๐Ÿ”ญ business dev reps
๐Ÿ“บ head of marketing
๐ŸŒ‰ backend developers
๐Ÿ—ฝ frontend developers
Potential @FirstbaseHQ setup for you:

- rise & fall desk
- ergonomic chair
- dual 27โ€ monitors
- keyboard & mouse
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22 Feb
Over the last 3 years, I've spoken to 100+ of the leading remote-first companies on the planet

This is what I learned about building a great remote team

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
โœ๏ธ Documentation: documentation is the unspoken superpower of remote teams

The most successful remote companies write down and record knowledge rather than lose it if people leave

Knowledge grows and is improved over time as everyone contributes to a repository of intelligence
๐Ÿšจ Asynchronous: remote work is a bridge to async work

The best remote companies aim to avoid replication of the disruptions of the office

Async work empowers individuals to do deep focussed work without distraction
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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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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

[ a thread ] ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ’ป
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
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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

[ a thread ] ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ ๐ŸŒ
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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