Commentary by Dr. Whitesel: In my 14th book I’ve been researching how work, life and worship will change as a result of a new hybrid lifestyle of both in person and remote relationships. I wrote the book to equip the future Christian leader to proficiently lead people face-to-face as well as remotely.
Here are important insights by leading CEO on his company’s research into how leadership how change in the emerging, hybrid organization.
This CEO Just Brilliantly Explained How Remote Work Will Change the World by 2030, and It’s Next-Level
by Justin Bariso, Inc. Magazine, 12/14/20.
Herd is founder and CEO of Firstbase, a startup focused on helping solve its customers remote work problems. Over the course of the past nine months, he’s spoken to more than 1,500 people about the future of remote work, and how it’s likely to change the world in the very near future.
Herd summed up his insights recently in a brilliant Twitter thread. Below you’ll find the highlights, along with my personal commentary.
Life first. Work second.
Focus on outcomes.
Herd says companies will begin judging performance by productivity and outcomes instead of hours worked or “who you drink beer with” outside of the office…
An end to senseless tasks.
“The need to pad out your 8-hour day will evaporate, replaced by clear tasks and responsibilities,” Herd writes…
Work when you want.
More priority on health and well-being.
“A lack of commute will give workers 25 extra days a year to do other things,” says Herd. “Workers will exploit the freedom they have to organize things more freely in their day.”
Rural towns will flourish. (If they’re fast.)
“World-class people will move to smaller cities, have a lower cost of living, and higher quality of life,” writes Herd. “These regions must innovate quickly to attract that wealth.”
How can small towns benefit? It’s all about the infrastructure, baby. According to Herd, that begins with better schools and faster internet.
Fast-track of diversity and inclusion.
The changes that come from remote work aren’t all rosy. While most companies worry their remote workers aren’t putting in enough hours, Herd says the real problem is the opposite:
Employees working too much.
According to Herd, worker burnout will become a huge problem that begs addressing. Wise company leaders will start working on solutions now.
Increase in retreats and offsites.
Herd: “Robotic process automation will transform work for individuals. No-code tools that enable workers to build bots that automate menial parts of their roles will be huge.”
We’ve seen a gradual uptick in automation for years. But as more and more companies depend on tech for even simple communication, this shift will accelerate.
A hobby renaissance.
Herd says remote work will “lead to a rise in people participating in hobbies and activities which link them to people in their local community,” what he describes as a “hobby renaissance.”
Written over spoken.
“Documentation is the unspoken superpower of remote teams,” says Herd. “The most successful [remote] team members will be great writers.”
And check out how these 12 leadership principles can be applied to churches in two articles I wrote for Biblical Leadership Magazine.