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Ep. 22

Predictions from the 2021 remote work report

What can Gitlab's 2021 Remote Work Report tell us about the upcoming trends and future of remote work?

52% of remote workers would consider leaving their co-located company for a remote role, while 1 in 3 of them would quit their job if remote work was taken away as an option in the future. Companies going back to the office will be faced with unhappy workers and a much smaller talent pool for hiring – two things that can quickly kill a company.
We're keeping it fresh with this special round table episode of Building Remotely where we discuss the future of remote work with Darren Murph (Gitlab), Tariq Rauf (Qatalog) and Alastair Simpson (Dropbox)!
Following the insights from Gitlab's 2021 Remote Work Report, we uncover the findings from the report, and what these newly discovered statistics could mean for companies and the future of work.  With our 3 speakers, we discussed:
  • How has the past year “democratized” remote work? 
  • What is driving companies to stick to traditional office structures?
  • What was missed or overlooked in initial workforce guidelines?
  • What all-remote processes should companies be incorporating into their workflows?
Thank you to Alastair and Tariq for joining us for this episode, and to Darren for leading the conversation!
We will be back to our usual programming for the next episode with Michael Alexis from teambuilding, so stay tuned!
What should we talk about next? We love hearing feedback and suggestions about our previous and future episodes, so send us an email at with any thoughts, ideas or guests we should invite on the podcast.

About your hosts

Sondre Rasch

Co-founder & CEO
Sondre co-founded SafetyWing together with Sarah Sandnes and Hans Kjellby. Born in Bergen, Norway, he studied economics and computer science, before starting work as a policy advisor for the government of Norway advising on social policies. After getting frustrated with the slow pace of government change, Sondre first founded SuperSide (YC W16), a platform for freelance designers. It was here he discovered the lack of a safety net for online remote workers. SafetyWing was then born with the aim of building a global social safety net.

Alastair Simpson

VP of Design
As a VP of Design at Dropbox, apart from creating engaging product experiences, Alastair is turning human centered-design inward as he designs the Virtual First future of work with his team working across Brand, Product Design, Writing, Research, Ops & Future of Work.

Darren Murph

Head of Remote
As one of the biggest remote companies in the world, GitLab has emerged as the blueprint of a successful remote company with over 1300 employees (all managed remotely). 
Darren Murph holds the Guinness World Record as the planet's most prolific professional blogger. He is a Top 50 member of the Techmeme Bloggerboard, and has covered numerous trade shows around the world — including CES, IFA, CEATEC, SIGGRAPH, SID, Photokina, and CTIA. He has also written a book about remote work: Living the Remote Dream: A Guide To Seeing the World, Setting Records, and Advancing Your Career.

Tariq Rauf

Tariq is the founder & CEO of Qatalog, a company that brings order to the chaos of remote work by connecting tools with teams in one digital work hub. He is also researching the impact of software on knowledge in remote work through in collaboration with the Cornell University’s Ellis Idea Lab.
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