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👉 Josh Bersin, Global Industry Analyst, The Josh Bersin Company
👉 Iwo Szapar, Founding Member @ Remote-First Institute & CEO @ Remote-how
Remote work is clearly here to stay. This massive shift makes an impact both on businesses and private lives. Companies in every industry are creating new playbooks, all with the understanding that employees and workers have more bargaining power than they have in years. At the same time, workers are redefining what really matters to them, where they want to live and if 9-5 job is still for them.
We are not going “back-to-the office”, nor are we neither we are going to completely give up on offices. The future belongs to the remote-first approach, where everything is designed as if everyone is distributed all the time (so the location where the work is done doesn’t matter). The “in-person” aspect is added on top of this and tailored towards the needs of employees. By combining the best of what works remotely with the best of what works in the office, we can design an employee first future that invests in employee choice, yielding sizable gains in productivity, flexibility, sustainability, and profitability.
For white collar workers remote work has become a way of life, and advancing technologies in video conferencing, scheduling, messaging, and intelligent workplace management will just make this easier and more mainstream every day. And this is forcing companies to rethink meetings, hours (the four day week is a definite trend), job sharing, and much more.
For deskless or frontline workers, the trend is also real. While nurses, retail workers, drivers, and operations people cannot work at home, companies now realize that these workers also want flexibility, agency, and control over their lives. Companies are implementing more flexible scheduling tools, managing shifts in more humane ways, and offering childcare and other benefits to make work easier for this critical segment of the workforce.
In many ways much of the tech industry growth in the last few years has been driven by this trend, so the investment in remote work tools, measurement systems, and employee experience platforms has been astounding. So this cat is out of the bag and will only get more interesting in the year ahead.
Lavinia: Post-pandemic, we are looking at shifting priorities. At more intentionally designed lives, now that we (all) know our entire schedule doesn’t have to revolve around getting to and back from work in a large, over-crowded city. At more mobile, lean, flexible, inspiring work environments. At slower and more meaningful travel, and a focus on well-being and purpose. At governments that are slowly waking up to these realities and trying to catch up with some of these ”new trends”.
The future of work is flexibility, trust, smart strategy, keeping people nurtured and motivated by a commonly shared purpose more than any time before. We have a once-in-a-generation chance to rebuild better. When we design more purposeful businesses and lifestyles, we shape a more positive, balanced, sustainable reality.
We brought together world’s top 25 (?) remote-first practitioners and thought leaders in the space, who will provide you with data-driven predictions for the world of work in 2023.
For these trends, we are not just trusting our guts. 24 industry reports incl. Gallup, McKinsey, Gartner, Global Workplace Analytics have been deeply analyzed.