As companies around the world navigate the special circumstances brought by COVID-19, it’s clearer than ever that there is no going back to “business as usual”. In the face of a pandemic that has caused unprecedented social and economic disruption, employers and employees become more aware of an important, previously under-acknowledged fact — namely, that the future of work is * remote. Indeed, thanks to the mass work-from-home (WFH) experiment, flexible forms of employment have evolved almost beyond recognition. Within a matter of weeks, billions of people realized that their jobs can be carried out efficiently and correctly via telepresence technologies. As a result, what was once a luxury reserved for just a privileged few is gradually turning into an almost unquestionable public necessity. And this is precisely why the time to adapt or die is now.
All content presented in this document on “Mapping the Universe of Remote Work” is part of a research project by Merit Zimmermann, writer/curator, and Raphael Gielgen from Vitra AG. The idea was born out of collaboration as the world began to emerge from lockdown in July 2020. A special thanks to Michael Stoz from Partner AG.