As remote working has become an important element of the future of work, here are some leaders in the field that are worth noting.
At Siliconrepublic.com we have been deeply concerned with the future of work for many years. The prospect of remote working has been pretty consistent throughout this coverage, but nothing has skyrocketed the conversation like the pandemic.
That means our coverage in Future of Work Week for the past year and more this year has focused on what the future holds for remote and hybrid work as government discussions and big tech guidelines pave the way for the future of working life level.
With that in mind, we’d like to draw your attention to some of the thought leaders and industry experts leading the conversation about remote working.
Rowena Hennigan is an experienced remote working manager and has been working remotely herself since 2007.
She is a lecturer at the TU Dublin and delivers modules specifically geared towards remote working skills and the future of work.
Hennigan is also the founder of RoRemote, where she works with employee support programs to encourage positive habits and wellbeing while working remotely and from home.
Chris Herd is the founder and CEO of Firstbase, a software and hardware platform that aims to make remote work easier for businesses and remote workers alike.
The company, which closed a $ 13 million Series A funding round earlier this year, is led by self-proclaimed “remote work activist” Herd.
He often tweets about the benefits of remote-first policies and, especially last year, the importance of companies allowing remote work to avoid talent loss.
Vanessa Tierney from Wexford is the co-founder of Abodoo, a talent matching platform for remote recruiters and job seekers.
Tierney has over 15 years of international executive search, leadership and talent acquisition experience in Europe and the US and has worked remotely for nearly a decade.
She is the co-author of a remote working book called Your Company With No Walls and last year spoke to Siliconrepublic.com about her tips for working remotely.
A longtime expert on HR and the future of work, Josh Bersin is another leading voice in remote working.
He founded Bersin by Deloitte, which offers research-based membership programs in human resources.
Bersin is a leading expert and consultant on talent, recruiting and HR strategies and has written extensively on the benefits and challenges of hybrid working.
Tracy Keogh, co-founder of Irish social enterprise Grow Remote, is also a key voice in the remote work space.
Keogh has over 10 years of technology start-up experience and several years of community development in local and rural Ireland.
She often writes online about the importance of building a suitable infrastructure around remote working, with a particular focus on rural areas.
Adam Ozimek was named chief economist at the US freelance platform Upwork in 2019 to advance the company’s research on labor market trends and the future of work.
He is an expert in labor markets and conducts research across a wide range of economics, having previously worked for Moody’s Analytics.
Ozimek’s latest study, published by Upwork, focuses on remote work, freelance work, and what is known as “great resignation.”
Another remote working founder is Tammy Bjelland, CEO of Workplaceless, a training company that helps organizations lead distributed teams.
She has an extensive background in education and learning solutions and founded Workplaceless in 2017 when she saw the growing need for flexible work.
Bjelland is a frequent public speaker and podcast guest on remote work and shares her insights on social media.
Darren Murph is Head of Remote at Gitlab, an open source software development platform for DevOps professionals.
In his role, Murph leads at the interface between people, culture, operations, inclusivity, marketing, employer branding and communication.
He also works as a remote work transformation consultant and often writes about the future of remote and hybrid work.