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.

Check this data point from a survey done recently by Robert Half of more than 2,800 senior managers and more than 1,000 workers in the U.S.

Rethinking the 9-to-5

Raise your hand if this has been your experience!

Many teams that have come from traditional in-person environments and who have been forced to work remotely because of the pandemic are still, almost 2 years in, attempting to “copy and paste” synchronous ways of working into a digital environment. 

“Synchronous remote working” can be done of course but it is highly inefficient and is the root cause of video fatigue and burnout which is being reported with increasing frequency by those who are attempting this.

Synchronous video calls play a critical roll in a well designed work-from-anywhere workplace, BUT they are used judiciously and often only for certain things like, 1-on-1 catchups or when something complex or sensitive has to be discussed. 

Successful work-from-anywhere teams have a very strong bias towards asynchronous ways of working where there are less video meetings not more.