Hi there, Remote Work Tribe! We’re back with another Weekly Roundup, where we share anything and everything about remote work, from relatable tweets about back-to-back Zoom meetings to the State of Remote Work. While we don’t have a crystal ball handy this week, today, we’re here to share some of the latest remote work predictions with you.
Early Friday morning, Firstbase founder and CEO Chris Herd commemorated the one-year milestone of the coronavirus lockdown with a thread of remote work predictions for the next three years.
As the leader of a remote-first solution, Chris is in frequent communication with companies newly transitioning into remote work. Considering the thousands of businesses that were forced to make the shift from in-office to online overnight, one could imagine that Chris has learned tons of interesting tidbits from his clients.
Below, we’re sharing some of our favorite remote work predictions from his recent thread.
Prediction 1: A Rise in Hybrid Working
🎢 Hybrid Working: 24 in 25 people want to work remotely at least part-time going forward— Chris Herd (@chris_herd) March 12, 2021
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
A hybrid model is a no-brainer, especially for companies who only opted to go remote due to pandemic restrictions. However, even if this switch wasn’t intentional per say, employees will still reap the benefits of working from home two to four days per week.
Prediction 2: Improved Diversity & Inclusion
🌍 Diversity & Inclusion: The most diverse and inclusive teams in history will emerge rapidly— Chris Herd (@chris_herd) March 12, 2021
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
Finally, right?! Diversity and inclusion should be at the forefront of every organization’s company goals, right now, without question. While it feels disheartening to phrase this as a remote work prediction, as opposed to remote work fact, it’s encouraging to know that companies are taking steps to accessibly expand their team.
Prediction 3: Widespread ‘Wellness Days’
🏝 Time-off: Remote companies must prevent burnout— Chris Herd (@chris_herd) March 12, 2021
Many will introduce 'wellness days' where they order time off without prior warning that they're about to occur
Most companies will do 1 day every 2 months
Last but certainly not least, this has to be one of our favorite remote work predictions. Burnout can easily strike while working remotely, and it’s a joy to know that organizations plan to do something about it. Wellness days can prove to be an effective method at minimizing remote work stress and isolation.
(P.S. If you’re new here, the Remote Work Tribe are massive advocates of burnout prevention and awareness. We even have a whole resource tab for it! ☝️)
With those remote work predictions in mind, take a look at what’s happening right now with your fellow remote employees!
The Tribe’s Weekly Vibes
1. This reaction every time Facebook asks to boost a post.
2. This notice that community isn’t the “next big thing” some people claim it is.
3. This news we’ve all been waiting over a decade for.
4. This hint that not all business advice comes from experience.
5. This remote work quick-change we’ve all mastered these past few months.
Based on a true story #wfhproblems #workfromhome #microsoftteams #outfitinspo #2021glowup♬ original sound – Zoey Lytle
6. This reminder to show team members your appreciation.
7. This tweet that should not be up for debate.
8. This appreciation tweet (and article share) for remote managers. 👏
9. This ingenious way to beat boredom (and tackle dust bunnies).
Don’t hate me for being a genius #dadsoftiktok #dadsover40 #lockdown #boredaf #comehere #imthirsty #beertime♬ Monkeys Spinning Monkeys – Kevin MacLeod
10. This ultra-relatable tweet (don’t worry, we’re still reading!).
What do you predict for the future of remote work? Tag us over on Instagram, @TheRemoteWorkTribe, or on Twitter, @RemoteWorkTribe, for a chance to be featured on our next weekly thread!
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