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Netflix might pine for an in-person workforce, but most companies are preparing for a new hybrid model. A distributed-teams strategy, where firms support team members working remotely, requires a change in how companies do business, reports Paul Sawers for VentureBeat. Asynchronous communication, focused more on iterative written communication than on endless online meetings, is only one adjustment. For large established companies, a “spoke-and-hub” model is a likely solution. New companies, trying to bloom in the COVID era, are implementing a distributed team strategy from the onset. As they grow, that is likely to become commonplace.

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Paul Sawers is a technology writer for VentureBeat. He is based in London and focuses primarily on European and British companies.


Although leaders may long for the old model, companies are working with a remote workforce.

Netflix co-CEO Reed Hastings maintains that having your staff work remotely is detrimental to a company, but he’s in the minority. Before COVID-19 required employees worldwide to vacate their offices, an increasing number of people already worked remotely, at least part time.

Some companies are leaning into the change. Facebook and Twitter plan to have their staff members work remotely permanently. Hastings, however, hopes his employees will be back in the office immediately after their coronavirus vaccine shots.

A majority of companies see a myriad of benefits in having a remote workforce. Stripe, a large financial technology company, created a remote engineering hub to access engineering talent beyond its four physical offices. It has employed remote workers since its inception and now is elevating...

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