Remote work isn’t the future of work – it’s the present. Since 2020, video calls are happening twice as often, and almost 70% of full-time workers are working remotely compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic began.
Today, employees not only embrace remote work, they expect it, with one in two US workers stating that they would not be prepared to return to a job that didn’t accommodate for some kind of remote working.
For many reasons, the sentiment towards remote work from an employee perspective is largely positive, with a surprisingly large number of surveyed individuals stating that they have been able to maintain or even improve their productivity during the pandemic.
That’s why, in a post-pandemic world, so many of the remote-first companies who had already established effective fully-remote teams are thriving.
In this article, I’ll examine some of the best remote-first teams you could be working for, with a focus on what to look for when considering if a company is truly fully-remote, and how the company culture can reflect a remote-first mentality.
Here’s a breakdown of the article:
- State of remote work in 2021
- Remote-first vs remote-friendly
- Questions to consider when looking at remote-first companies
- Best remote-first companies to work for in a post-pandemic world
Let’s start with the current state of remote work; what can we learn from recent reports & statistics?