- Why the future of work is indisputably remote
Why the future of work is indisputably remote
Plus: where in the world?, recent headlines
In today’s issue
The future of work: it’s about where and how we do it
Where in the world?: check the photo, read the hint, guess the spot
Headlines: Gen Z hush trips, public access-esque RTO video gets roasted, digital nomad downsides revealed
Yes, remote work is the new viable reality
If you’ve been following Palmtree, we’ve made it clear that remote work is the future of work — the linchpin to a more balanced, productive, and fulfilling life where work complements rather than dictates the way we live.
Remote work is a broad term, though. It applies to anyone who’s earning a living away from a central office or job site, namely employees on distributed teams, and digital nomad freelancers.
Each group has something the other wants: the employee wants more autonomy and freedom, and the freelancer wants good, steady pay.
Employees are currently speaking out en masse across LinkedIn, demanding the freedom to work from anywhere while pushing back against the corporations eager to reel them back to traditional office settings.
Nomad freelancers — who tend to gather in Facebook communities rather than LinkedIn, seem stuck in a never-ending struggle to find any kind of legitimate online job, despite being capable in a spectrum of skills.
In search of the sweet spot
At some point we will reach the sweet spot, where corporate employees and digital nomads enjoy autonomy, great pay, and work that’s interesting and meaningful.
We’re already starting to see this sweet spot with companies like Atlassian, a SaaS unicorn based in Australia that’s trailblazing distributed work models.
According to its recent report, Atlassian’s “Team Anywhere” initiative has not only boosted employee productivity (a common gripe of CEOs), but it has also expanded their talent pool, among other upsides.
This corporate shift in perspective hints at a future where careers are in harmony with personal well-being, rather than a relentless pursuit of one-sided achievement.
For those who prefer to work as independently, without a full time role, there are now “fractional talent” marketplaces like Huddle that match companies and startups with qualified contractors.
Huddle stands out by empowering contractors with greater autonomy, allowing them to work — usually from anywhere — on projects that directly align with their skills and interests and at market rate. Huddle takes care of the pre-screening and matching process, which spares contractors the lengthy and often draining process of traditional job hunting.
All in all
The future of work is unmistakably remote — a vision that Palmtree will continue to champion.
We have a way to go, of course, but remote work may actually provide the balance, autonomy, and fulfillment that all workers deserve.
Do you know where this is?
Hint: this beach has the world’s oldest surf-lifesaving club, not to mention a built in salt-water pool, 1 of 100s in the region. No Googling the answer.
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2-hour work days from the beach and fake zoom backgrounds? Some GenZ workers are breaking rules, and trust, with forbidden hush trips.
Internet roasts cringeworthy return to office video by Internet Brands. “We aren’t asking or negotiating at this point,” says CEO
“My grandma died and I found out about that by email.” Digital nomads share the truth, reality, and downsides of their chosen life via Vice.
Keep it cool,
—the Palmtree Editorial Team
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