“Virtual companies and remote workers are one of the most-underdeveloped assets in business today ”
- Human AI Evangelist
& Human Performance Coach
Businesses that intentionally built virtual teams or had hybrid teams were not taken seriously, and often excluded from mainstream activity such as small business loans, venture capital, credit lines, awards, etc.
I know this first-hand because in 2001 I founded a digital firm that worked virtually. We were innovating faster than peer companies. Yet, because my team and I worked remotely (which including many sleepless nights), my firm was prohibited from applying for industry events, award competitions, and for some reason considered to be less qualified than other agencies and firms that couldn't hold a candle to the ground-breaking work we were doing.
My firm went on to win awards and create many "firsts" for clients across the United States, such as:
Despite winning awards and all of the amazing work we had done, one local client stated because we did not have a brick-and-mortar office, we were not a real business to him.
That was then, this is now.
Remote companies are not only respected, many are wildly successful.
Automattic (the company behind WordPress, Vault Press, Cloudup, and others), Buffer, Zapier, Stripe, GitLab, Teamweek, Hotjar, InVision are just a few of the many companies that have learned how to leverage virtual talent to build successful organizations.
52% of workers around the world work remotely at least once a week according to 2019 State of Remote Work Report by Owl Labs. #FutureofWork #CrowdSuccess v @VirtualMarketer
The United States leads the world with the highest percentage (66%) of full-time workers employees that work remotely than any other country.
Africa and Australia have a higher percentage of fully remote or hybrid companies than other nations (59% and 60% respectively)
A closer look reveals that in addition to the 30% of full time U.S. virtual workers, 54% of U.S. workers work remotely at least once per month and 48% work remotely at least once per week.
If you think that working remotely means stunting one's career or earning less, think again.
Remote workers earn $100,000 per year 2.2x more often than on-site workers.
Managers and leaders (12%) are now twice as likely to work remotely compared to individual contributors.
Source: Owl Labs, Global Workplace Analytics and World Economic Forum
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Whether you hire virtual talent, or work remotely, your inherent value is on the rise, yet obstacles remain.
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Rebecca Murtagh is a Human AI Evangelist, Author of CROWD SUCCESS® and a human performance coach. Rebecca leverages decades of experience working with Fortune 500, Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Mains Street companies and startup entrepreneurs to help virtual companies, remote talent and hybrid teams leverage Human AI to continually operate from a place of genius, innovate faster and find greater fulfillment in their work and life in a world of intelligent machines.
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