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The Remote Working Sector: Who’s Who In the Zoo?

The secret is out: remote working is more popular than ever, and it’s not going anywhere. While the coronavirus pandemic may have accelerated the rise of remote work, the easing up of the pandemic has not led to a lack of interest in working remotely—actually, it has opened up even more remote work opportunities, as the loosening of travel restrictions has allowed digital nomads to pursue remote work on the move.

In fact, the growing popularity of remote work, among both employers and employees, since early 2020, has transformed the way we think about remote work’s impact on the business world. As more and more workers and employers embrace remote and hybrid models of working, remote work has become a sector in itself, with new and established companies working to establish themselves as major players. Some key facets of the new remote work sector include not only remote workers and their communities, but also experts and influencers in remote work, businesses that encourage remote working, resources for remote workers, and more.

So, who are the emerging remote work sector’s leading lights, and how are they making a mark? Take a look at some key figures, critical industries, and names to know:

Coworking Spaces: Remote work doesn’t necessarily mean working from home—for those who like the freedom of remote work, but the physical layout and conveniences of an office, coworking spaces are a great option for flexible access to a workspace. WeWork is one of the biggest names in the world of coworking, but their competitors are growing, with notable examples including MindSpace, Impact Hub, and more. Some of the larger coworking chains will even allow you to work from any of their offices once you’re a member—ideal for digital nomads.

Shopify: One of the largest e-commerce companies in the field, Canadian multinational firm Shopify has styled itself as a pioneer of a remote-first employment model. In addition to their own specialty—e-commerce and online shopping—better enabling remote workers worldwide, Shopify encourages employees to work from wherever they prefer—including up to 90 days working abroad.

Slack: One of the communication platforms that have grown in popularity with remote workers and employers, Slack’s multi-thread, multi-page format makes it particularly well suited to remote work. Companies can establish their own Slack channel, and then have a variety of different threads for different teams, all-staff meetings, specific projects, and more. Coworkers can also exchange private, one-on-one messages on their own separate chat threads if needed. Alongside Discord, and the two video-chat giants of MS Teams and Zoom, Slack is one of the platforms that’s key to maintaining the “nuts and bolts” of remote-first work communications.

Thrive Global: A multinational behaviour change technology company founded in 2016 by Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global was inspired by Huffington’s own struggles with work-life balance and maintaining physical and mental health in the wake of severe overwork. Thrive Global’s mission has centred around using technology to partner with companies and promote employee and employer wellbeing. This includes tech to aid with sleep and diet, as well as financial wellbeing and stress and relationship management.

Thrive is one of the large multinational firms that have come to embrace remote work—both for their own employees, and as a healthier, more balanced way of working. For companies looking to shift to remote-first or hybrid models, or simply support their remote workforce, Thrive’s platform can be used to promote wellbeing across all levels of the company—wherever they may be working from.

International Labour Organization (ILO): Does the United Nations seem like an unlikely place to support remote work? Think again! The International Labour Organization (ILO) is a UN agency whose mission is to set fair labor standards and promote economic justice around the world. Since 2020, the ILO has conducted impartial statistical research on remote work and how it affects workers and economies not just in any one country, but across the wider world.

Global Workplace Analytics: While many consultancies are still figuring out what role remote and hybrid work will play in their or their client’s future, Global Workplace Analytics is leading the charge in remote work. A research-based firm with over two decades’ experience, GWA specializes in helping companies optimize remote and hybrid working strategies—finding the remote strategy that works best for them, and implementing it going forward.

While these are only a few key players and crucial facets of the remote work sector, they can be a great place to start when learning the ins and outs of remote work—and how to make it work for you.

A final note from the team…

At wofome we are an evolving a work-in-progress. So is Remote Working. Our aim is to help make Remote Working a success for you or your organisation. Help us help you (and others). The more we learn from each other, the better Remote Working will become for everyone. If you are currently involved in Remote Working, you are already a Remote Working expert in your own right. If you are interested in writing a Guest Post for wofome, please go to the Guest Post area.

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Your wofome team

 

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