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.

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It’s been our experience, when teams are wanting to evolve workplaces to accommodate flexible and remote working, the hardest part is not the technology piece of the puzzle, but developing the culture that must accompany this way of working.

As in this Japanese example, leadership teams, are what will almost always be the deciding factor as to whether the evolution to a work from anywhere workplace is successful or not. (Japan’s 2020 Remote Work Target)

“Teleworking is spreading fast in our company BECAUSE it was our bosses who first started it,” said Takaaki Fukunaga, a manager in Ajinomoto’s human resources department.”

A leadership team that 100% embraces working virtually and behaves virtually as it would in a physical brick-and-mortar office will help their teams get to the culture right and then reap all the benefits that come from having a location independent business.