Work From Anywhere Series | Episode 3: Culture & Community

Is remote work anywhere a dream? Or can it be turned into a reality? What are the barriers to doing so and the opportunities for companies that get this right?

Welcome to the remote work from anywhere series. This is a series featuring some of the leading people around the world in remote work, global mobility and work from anywhere compliance (remote work tax, employment law, etc.).

This episode was moderated by Aurélie Krau of Festive Road and we were extremely lucky to be joined by Tayo Rockson, Cultural Intelligence Leader and author of Use Your Difference to Make a Difference (5:38), Joanne Mangan Employers Lead with Grow Remote, a social enterprise on a mission to make remote work local (7:22) and Paul Bennett, CEO at Perchpeek, an AI-powered relocation agent disrupting the global mobility industry (10:45).

This webinar focuses on the people side of the Work From Anywhere movement, the impact on culture, diversity and inclusion. We kicked off highlighting some policy trend setters like Dropbox (3.10) and their focus on diversity and inclusion and the ‘Big Bang’ that has been the pandemic enforced rush towards remote work. The meaning of diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace (14:52). How to feel seen, heard and understood and how companies need to align their mission, vision and values to enable success. The impact of WFH/WFA on people with invisible illnesses and divergent thinking (23:29), building curiosity and the questions companies need to ask their employees to dig deeper into their remote work preferences. The resources needed to take advantage of remote work and how to make it more accessible so that it doesn’t just involve the privileged few (33:21). How employers can manage employee wellbeing, isolation and loneliness (42:02). Developing cultural competence, understanding our biases and how they shape how we see the world (47:12). Building company culture and making people feel connected in a remote work setting (52:20). Tackling burnout and the double edged sword that is the blurred lines between our personal and work lives. The untold truths of remote work (1:01:20).

Some resources referred to during the conversation:

  • Gitlab’s handbook on how they are set up to hire internationally

If you’re interested in becoming a guest on the webinar series, please reach out to us here.

Should you need help with any of your tax or compliance risks related to remote work, The Work From Anywhere Team would be delighted to help you out! Just reach out via our website.

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