This biweekly column features the latest future of work trends and Upwork’s role within them.
The future of work was a hot topic at this year’s SXSW in Austin, TX, with discussions about workplace considerations including innovation, tools, and design.
Upwork CEO Stephane Kasriel participated in a panel about the future of work, which led to an interesting post-session conversation when an attendee asked: How can someone become a better manager of remote teams?
Our understanding of work has changed; changes to business culture and better technology are removing barriers to remote work. However, while business schools have kept pace with this evolution, many companies have not. Kasriel says they lag behind at their peril.
“Companies that learn how to use remote teams productively will gain access to a far broader and deeper talent pool than those who limit themselves to one geographic area. And for managers, organizing and coordinating the work of a distributed team is a crucial key to winning recognition and advancement in the coming years.”
— Stephane Kasriel, Upwork CEO
For people who want to sharpen their ability to lead remote teams, Kasriel outlines some of the fundamental principles:
Kasriel says these principles won’t just help you navigate the future workplace—they’ll help you leverage the best talent, be a stronger leader, and ultimately get better results.