Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Trends -

RE­MOTE-FIRST BUSI­NESS More or­gan­i­sa­tions are do­ing away with bricks and mor­tar HQs in favour of be­ing re­mote-first. For many peo­ple, this could mean con­tin­ual or, at the very least, in­creased time abroad. Bridg­ing the gap be­tween the nine-to-five of­fice worker and the dig­i­tal no­mad run­ning their busi­ness from a lap­top by the pool are com­pa­nies that have in­tro­duced “ag­ile” work­ing. Lan­caster Univer­sity’s Work Foun­da­tion pre­dicts that 2017 will be the year that flex­i­ble work­ing will reach a tip­ping point, with more peo­ple work­ing out­side of an of­fice than in one. By 2020, 70 per cent of UK or­gan­i­sa­tions will have em­braced mo­bile work­ing. Co-work­ing spa­ces such as We Work are on the rise for peo­ple who are “lo­ca­tion in­de­pen­dent”, while “co-work­ing re­treats” are spring­ing up over­seas. Ini­tia­tives in­clude Hacker Par­adise, Co­conat, Surf Of­fice, Koh Hub, Alpine Cowork­ing and Cowork­ing in the Sun.

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