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The term “remote work” often conjures images of employees hunched over laptops in their living rooms or home offices; it is essential to understand that remote work is not limited to the confines of one’s home. Instead, remote work can occur anywhere an internet connection is available. Instead, it paves the way for a whole new world of opportunities, one in which work can be done from satellite offices, coworking spaces, or any other location that improves the worker’s productivity and the level of comfort they experience while working. In this piece, we will investigate the concept of working remotely beyond the confines of one’s home. We will place particular emphasis on the positive aspects of welcoming a variety of work settings.

The Development of Work Performed From a Distance

Since the introduction of telecommuting in the 1970s, there has been consistent growth in the use of remote work. Recent developments in technology, such as broadband internet, cloud computing, and software for teamwork, have made it possible to perform work from a remote location with little to no difficulty. In recent years, skepticism has shifted away from skepticism toward widespread acceptance of the concept of working remotely, as an increasing number of businesses have realized the benefits it provides to both their employees and their businesses.

Freeing Oneself from the Restraints of Being at Home

Even though performing remote work from one’s own home has become increasingly common, there may be better options than deciding to do so. Some people may have trouble avoiding distractions or have difficulty differentiating between their personal and professional lives. One of the primary benefits of performing one’s job duties remotely is the ability to select a working environment that best satisfies one’s requirements while maximizing one’s output.

The Role of Satellite Offices in Closing the Distance

Working remotely does not necessarily require one to be utterly alone in their work. Some companies have found it beneficial to establish satellite offices to provide remote teams with a shared, physical meeting space. Employees can work collaboratively when necessary while still enjoying the benefits of working remotely, thanks to the strategic placement of these offices in various cities or regions. Satellite offices encourage a sense of camaraderie and make face-to-face interactions easier, both of which can be especially beneficial for the development of teams and certain types of projects.

Coworking spaces are a veritable treasure trove of opportunities.

Remote workers can now use coworking spaces, which are becoming increasingly popular. These shared spaces offer all of the conveniences found in a conventional office and the benefit of being part of a lively and diverse community. Coworking spaces provide a productive atmosphere, opportunities to network with other professionals, and the possibility to collaborate with people working in various fields. In addition to this, they remove the feeling of seclusion that may be experienced by some remote workers when they are at home performing their jobs.

Environments Tailored to the Specific Requirements of Each Person

One of the significant benefits of embracing remote work beyond the home is the ability to select a location that caters to one’s specific needs and preferences in terms of how they like to work. While some people do better in calm and peaceful settings, others find that the activity of a busy cafe provides them with the motivation and ideas they need to succeed. It’s been shown that having the option to work from home or another location of one’s choosing can boost one’s productivity, concentration, and overall job satisfaction.

Fostering a Healthy Balance Between Work and Life

Employees can achieve a healthier work-life balance when they work remotely, regardless of the location they choose to work from. Working remotely removes individuals’ need to commute to and from their place of employment each day. This frees up time for individuals to devote themselves to meaningful activities, such as spending time with their families, pursuing their passions, or working on their own personal growth.

Shorter commutes are beneficial not only to workers but also to the environment.

The typical commute to a physical office each day consumes valuable time and contributes to road congestion and environmental pollution in the surrounding area. Working from home, mainly when it’s done so from nearby satellite offices or coworking spaces, is an excellent way to cut down on the carbon footprint that’s typically associated with commuting. This approach, which is mindful of the environment, aligns with the increasing emphasis placed on sustainable practices and responsible business practices.

The Importance of Communication and Teamwork in Overcoming Obstacles

Accepting remote work beyond the confines of one’s home does, however, present specific challenges, particularly those relating to communication and collaboration. Organizations need to invest in powerful communication tools, project management platforms, and video conferencing solutions to effectively bridge the gap between geographically distributed teams. In addition, it is essential for the success of remote teams to cultivate a culture that emphasizes open communication, trust, and the setting of clear expectations.

Time to change

Work performed away from the traditional workplace, typically from the employee’s home, has progressed to become a powerful enabler of work-life balance, flexibility, and productivity. Employees are given the ability to select the working environment that is the most beneficial to them on an individual basis when an organization embraces remote work from satellite offices, coworking spaces, or tailored environments. By overcoming the restrictions of working from home, companies and their employees can reap the benefits of having diverse work environments while preserving their capacity for effective communication and collaboration.

As companies continue to adjust to the shifting nature of work, remote work, in its myriad forms, will unquestionably play a crucial role in determining the future of the workforce. We can create a work culture that is more inclusive, dynamic, and empowering when we embrace the possibilities that lie beyond the traditional office. This culture helps to foster innovation, creativity, and overall job satisfaction for both employees and businesses.

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When you talk to business leaders today, you hear more and more that they feel that the middle management of our organizations is in crisis. Senior management feels they are not always managing the organization as effectively with these team leaders.

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Koen Blanquart discussed with mt.be about the causes of the perceived crisis in our middle management. Are we abanding our younger managers?

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In the hybrid/remote world, we seek to develop working processes based on the Async-first process idea. As collaborators in a team that embraces async-first work, we become responsible for managing our work time during the non-synchronous moments. I discuss this at length in my book “The Suitcase Office.” But managing output (or better: outcome) requires organizing oneself to deliver. Being able to focus on work becomes an essential skill.

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Meeting-free days might be the first step in creating a high-performance hybrid workspace. We expect middle managers to be less the controller and more the enabler. Managing information workers means shaping the workplace with the team that allows the outcomes to be produced.

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It’s no secret that the traditional 9 to 5 job is becoming a thing of the past. With the advent of technology, information workers can now work from anywhere at any time. This has led to a rise in freelance and contract work and a trend of people working multiple jobs to make ends meet. So what’s the answer? How do we create an organizational system for this new way of life?
One possible solution is job crafting.

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Koen Blanquart as guest in the 242nd episode of De KobeShow: Koen and Kobe discussed work and life as a nomad executive in 2022 and beyond.

The war on talent is over: talent has won! And information work is in an unseen transformation. Transnational business models, where location and time of work are secondary to the outcome and quality of that work provide a management concept that allows keeping up with the evolution in these changing times.

While we struggle to find competent talent for our organizations, we seem to be missing an essential point about how we’ve organized work. We’re often still managing teams like we’re in the Industrial Age.

The Transnational organization creates a new work environment based on mission, vision, and values where the output created by teams and people makes a difference. It allows people to be the best of themselves and create a meaningful career in a meaningful life. Knowledge workers in an engaged team find they can belong to the organization, have healthy autonomy in the work organization, and are improving their abilities every day.

In this keynote, ‘The Transnational Leader, ‘ Koen gives insight into the advantages of our new way of working in the post-Covid-era. He provides building blocks for everyday management. Deep insights combined with tips and tricks to take advantage of these exciting changes.

Key takeaways

The war on Talent

Employee engagement

Objectives and key results

Asynchronous work

Getting started with transnational work

Display of recent books written by Koen Blanquart: The Suitcase Office, Thuisvoordeel and Bureau a portee de main

Koen wrote a book on how to take advantage of transnational models: The Suitcase Office. It was published in Dutch as Thuisvoordeel and in French as Bureau à portée de main.

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