SEASON 1, EPISODE 01

THE FUTURE IS FLEXIBLE

In our series premiere, we’ll talk about how technology has made it possible to radically restructure what the modern workplace looks like, and how making changes to how we work is one of the most effective ways we can make the tech industry welcoming to more people. I’ll start with Skillcrush’s story of going completely remote as a way to find our balance, and then talk to Annie Dean of Werk to get into the bigger picture around workplace flexibility—especially as it relates to advancing marginalized people in the tech world. Finally, we’ll come back to my own team, who will talk about the reality of remote work, including how they fight its biggest downside.

SHOW NOTES & READING LIST


FROM THE EPISODE

"I actually hate the phrase "work from home" because you'll see images of women at their computer with their children actually touching them—nobody works like that. That is the most unfair depiction of what it looks to be somebody, like to work outside of the office." —Annie Dean, Werk

"30 percent of the most talented women are dropping out of the workforce after having a child and 70 percent of those women say that they would have stayed if they had access to flexibility." —Annie Dean, Werk

"Remote work is the #1 way we’ve found to give ourselves flexibility, and to stick with our intersectional, feminist ideas that say if we’re going to create a company, we’re going to create a company that can work for anybody—where people from all over the world with different life experiences can contribute, and most of all, feel welcome." —Adda Birnir, Skillcrush

"Gender diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their peers. Women led companies tend to have better working conditions and fewer layoffs. So this is really just good business." —Annie Dean, Werk

"Oh no...we’re frozen! Mouse clicking. Sighs. The reality of remote work." —Brian Swanick, Skillcrush

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