Digital Nomads: The Age of the Fully Distributed Workplace is Upon Us
Digital Nomads: The Age of the Fully Distributed Workplace is Upon Us

Abstract: In recent years major technology organizations have seesawed back and forth between fully embracing work-from-home (WFH) options for employees and mandating presence during office hours (e.g., Marisa Meyer's sweeping proclamation for Yahoo employees). The arguments are strong and sometimes heated on both sides. Among other points raised, it is argued that technical employees in particular are more productive while working at home. Conversely, many employees (and particularly leaders) complain of graveyard offices in Silicon Valley -- extraordinarily expensive and carefully-designed work spaces that are seldom used. It may be that a wave is building which will change the entire conversation. A handful of technology organizations are experimenting with large-scale remote work functions or entirely remote workforces. As the popularity of distributed work rises alongside options such as WeWork, are we seeing the birth of a new work reality -- the digital nomads?  


Date:
Monday August 14, 2017
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Location:
Segal Graduate School of Business
500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC
Room 4800 (4th floor)
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Dr. Mark Frein is a former Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and served as an Executive Director in the Segal Graduate School of Business's Learning Strategies Group. He has extensive experience in professional services industries, having created two consulting companies and led one to accolades in Canada as one of the fastest-growing firms in the country. In the last five years, Dr. Frein has been an executive at two industry-leading, venture-backed SaaS startups: Return Path, and now InVision App. InVision is a 100% distributed workforce with almost 400 employees worldwide.

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