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I'm the founder of FutureWork IQ where I spend my time assisting businesses to design digital workplaces or “offices in the cloud.” These environments enable companies to allow flexible and remote working for their teams. I also teach the digital literacy, fluency, communication and collaboration skills needed to work in these modern technology-rich workplaces.

It is absolutely essential for leaderships teams to lead from the front if a remote work transition is going to be successful.

“Prithwiraj Choudhury, a Harvard Business School professor who has been studying “work from anywhere” companies and has written a case study about GitLab, [says] one key to such roles is that the CEO must also lead the initiative and should also work off-site at least as much as other employees. “If the whole company is working remotely but the C-suite is working in an office, then middle managers will just line up to get face time.” (Source Hot new job title in a pandemic: ‘Head of Remote Work)

If the leadership team does not visibly demonstrate its wholehearted support of remote work the initiative will fail.