Future of Work Summit 2018
During Monday and Tuesday of this week (April 23rd & 24th), we were lucky to attend Remote Year’s second annual Future of Work Summit in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where great minds convened to discuss the future of the workplace as we know it and how the remote office creates inspiration. So many things happened over these 36 hours we spent with 150 attendees within the walls of Freehold, a beautiful and trendy venue that functions as a cafe, bar, restaurant, coworking location and event space. We heard panel answers from big names in the industry, from media giants to successful startups, participated in roundtable chats about living abroad and working remotely and learned some cool statistics about how millennials consider the changing climate of what a ‘job’ is (did you know that more often than not, millennials would take a pay cut in order to have more flexibility in their work life?).
In the article that follows, you can see the photos we took that show the professional relationships and friendships that formed between just Monday and Tuesday, we ate, drank, listened and exchanged ideas about the future of work.
Today’s workplace is no longer a 9-to-5 where showing one’s face in the office is what considers him or her a successful employee.
It’s an archaic idea to consider someone as hardworking if he or she comes to the office before the day begins and leaves after it’s over. For years now, work has been happening outside the office, via remote work, working from one’s phone, having meetings outside the office and more. To consider someone as more hardworking than his or her peer because he spends more hours physically in the office is inaccurate. We learned that the traditional office itself can be the distraction and that remote workers report being more focused and more efficient. If every person’s success can be measured by output, then the walls of an office and a person’s time within them become something that is no longer relevant.
Organizational culture is one of the biggest factors that can attract talent.
Working with people who inspire us is what gets millennials motivated, so for a company to offer social events, kitchen cook-offs, opportunities to volunteer together and ways to meet and socialize with remote employees is crucial. Wait, what about remote employees – how do they experience company culture? Organizational culture should be so consistent and strong that it should transcend walls. It should be something that you can feel when you’re in a video conference, when you’re chatting on company messenger and in other ways, too. Culture is a collection of shared beliefs and ways of operating that define a company.
Remote work helps companies expand their pools of talent in ways that were not able to happen before the current age.
Previously, traditional hiring was focused on a 20-mile radius of a physical office. Now, by opening up a position to applicants all over the world, there are no boundaries. The most qualified and most driven person can get a job despite his physical location, and he or she does not have to move or leave home to excel.
Working remotely while abroad can open up your experiences to the rest of the world and create inspiration.
You can still have your time ‘in the office’ and at work, but your lunch break can be in a market in Morocco, in a noodle shop in Thailand or at a taco stand in Mexico. As long as you have a [solid] WiFi connection, you are at work, if your job can be done remotely. In going along with this idea of inspiration in one’s surroundings, it made us recall how @halfhalftravel came to life, which was through both our travels, for work and for fun. Not everyone is a photographer, but it’s true that understanding the cultures of the work can help intercultural understanding, which, for many people, is an integral part of working in a global society.
Other themes in addition to culture ideals, the future of workspaces and attraction of remote talent were related to technology.
We were lucky to sit down and be interviewed on Instagram Live with Erica from Remote Year. Her questions for us ranged from how our project was formed and what was it like to be apart for so long while Dan worked and traveled with Remote Year for 12 months? From there, we discussed our best tips for setting up a perfect photo and how to also ‘stay in the moment’ while also capturing travel moments on film or video. Technology is affecting travel in so many ways, and we shared our thoughts on our favorite apps for tracking our travel and our favorite apps that assist with making our travel plans more seamless.
We are so grateful to have been a part of this extraordinary event, where we made unexpected connections with so many creatives who are paving the way for the future of travel and work.
Let us know if you have any thoughts on our takeaways above! What do you consider to be a part of the ‘future of work’?