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54. Handling Layoffs as a Remote Company and as an Employee w/ Michelle Labbe, Toptal

We are facing a prolonged period of high uncertainty with a world post-COVID, a war between Ukraine and Russia, a recession, “the great resignation”, and, more recently, massive layoffs in big tech companies . Navigating all of that is not easy. So, today, we have Michelle Labbe , the Chief People Officer at Toptal , a company that even before the pandemic was already one of the world’s top remote work employers and provider of top remote talent. We are discussing the current state of affairs, how that has impacted Toptal and remote work in general, the best practices Toptal has in place to weather this storm, and what we can expect to see for remote work moving into 2023. In this episode: [06:47] The demand for remote talent since the start of the pandemic [09:29] Are contractors the future of remote work? How post-pandemic layoffs are affecting culture and changing remote teams [15:43] Ways to support your remote employees once they’ve been laid off [19:26] How the latest layoffs have started a trend among remote workers [24:32] Ideas and strategies to improve employee retention [28:47] The pros and cons of remote and hybrid work on the employee experience and retention [35:53] Michelle’s wish for 2023 Connect with Michelle Labbe On Linkedin Website Toptal Resources Mentioned: Toptal's Suddenly Remote Playbook --- Creating great content takes time and effort, and this podcast couldn’t exist in the long run without great partners. This season’s sponsor is Qatalog, the world's first Intelligent Work Hub. Centralize your people, processes and knowledge in a single platform that molds to your needs, instantly. Build your own Qatalog in seconds at qatalog.com --- Visit modernleaders.co to discover how to optimize your new ways of work.

Latest Episodes

January 10, 2023

53. Live and Work Anywhere w/ Q Hamirani, Airbnb

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January 10, 2023

53. Live and Work Anywhere w/ Q Hamirani, Airbnb

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December 13, 2022

52. The Future of Remote Work

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November 29, 2022

51. A Culture that Fits the Medium w/ Kapil Kale, Tremendous

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November 15, 2022

50. Overcoming the Meeting Mania w/ Stephanie Dismore, HP

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November 1, 2022

49. When Gen Z meets Remote Work w/ tl;dv // Startup Series

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October 18, 2022

48. Building a Culture of Learning w/ 5Mins // Startup Series

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October 4, 2022

47. Decisions Without Meetings w/ Christopher Pasquier, Slite // Startup Series

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September 20, 2022

46. Async Work is a Culture Shift

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September 6, 2022

45. Ownership Culture in Remote Companies w/ Morgan Legge, Convert

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Season

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January 10, 2023

53. Live and Work Anywhere w/ Q Hamirani, Airbnb

The future of work, is no longer in the future. It's actually the present in a lot of ways. ‍One of the places where you can already experience it is at Airbnb, current industry leaders who are driving the future of work, remote work, global mobility, and offices. Today, we have Q Hamirani, the Global Head of the Live and Work Anywhere Program at Airbnb. Tune in to discover more about how Airbnb is creating the future of work and is leveraging its existing business model to try and revive tourism, as well as work through the complexities that every employer has to take on to enable their employees to live and work anywhere. In this episode: [01:34] Q’s journey to become the head of Airbnb's global Live and Work Anywhere program [05:09] The lessons and insights Airbnb has gleaned from this program [08:39] What changed about working and traveling and what didn’t after the Pandemic [12:47] Airbnb’s mission as industry leaders to drive the future of work [18:21] The Live and Work Anywhere program for Airbnb employees [21:31] The keys to the success of the program [26:55] How the program was validated both internally and externally [29:03] The way the program is helping hosts attract remote workers Connect with Q Hamirani Q Hamirani is the Global Head of Live and Work Anywhere center of excellence at Airbnb. He is a business-driven people executive, advisor, investor, and executive coach with a passion for building scalable people functions to help change the world. On LinkedIn Personal Website Airbnb Website --- Creating great content takes time and effort, and this podcast couldn’t exist in the long run without great partners. This season’s sponsor is Qatalog, the world's first Intelligent Work Hub. Centralize your people, processes and knowledge in a single platform that molds to your needs, instantly. Build your own Qatalog in seconds at qatalog.com --- Visit remotefirst.fm for full show notes.

Season

6

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January 10, 2023

53. Live and Work Anywhere w/ Q Hamirani, Airbnb

Tune in to discover more about how Airbnb is creating the future of work and is leveraging its existing business model to try and revive tourism, as well as work through the complexities that every employer has to take on to enable their employees to live and work anywhere.

Today, we have Q Hamirani, the Global Head of the Live and Work Anywhere Program at Airbnb.

In this episode:

[01:34] Q’s journey to become the head of Airbnb's global Live and Work Anywhere program

[05:09] The lessons and insights Airbnb has gleaned from this program

[08:39] What changed about working and traveling and what didn’t after the Pandemic

[12:47] Airbnb’s mission as industry leaders to drive the future of work

[18:21] The Live and Work Anywhere program for Airbnb employees

[21:31] The keys to the success of the program

[26:55] How the program was validated both internally and externally

[29:03] The way the program is helping hosts attract remote workers

## Connect with Q Hamirani

Q Hamirani is the Global Head of Live and Work Anywhere center of excellence at Airbnb. He is a business-driven people executive, advisor, investor, and executive coach with a passion for building scalable people functions to help change the world.

On LinkedIn

Airbnb Website

Map of Daphnee's live and work anywhere experience using Airbnb for 3 years. 

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Creating great content takes time and effort, and this podcast couldn’t exist in the long run without great partners. This season’s sponsor is Qatalog, the world's first Intelligent Work Hub. Centralize your people, processes and knowledge in a single platform that molds to your needs, instantly.

Build your own Qatalog in seconds at qatalog.com

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Visit remotefirst.fm for full show notes.

Season

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December 13, 2022

52. The Future of Remote Work

What if I told you that remote doesn’t always come first?

For the last episode of Season 5 and 2022, I'm sharing the mic with Scott Markovitz, a startup advisor and fellow podcaster with his show Leading from afar. We got to take a break from remote podcasting and we let in-person come first as we recorded this episode in real life in Berlin.

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In this episode, we’re talking about the absolute necessity of getting people together in real life, especially for fully remote companies; some ways to build relationships virtually; working from anywhere; the importance of async for the future of remote work. 

We also got to share what we feel the year 2022 was like for remote work, and what we see happening in the upcoming year of 2023. Scott went even farther into the future and shared with us his musings on what work will look like in 2024.

Thank you so much for listening! I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and see you next year for Season 6, starting on January 10.

In this episode:

[04:25] The importance of IRL meetings for building a strong remote culture

[07:22] Ideas to foster connections and build relationships virtually

[17:27] Going to the office versus co-working spaces and working from home

[23:12] How and why async first is the future of remote work

[40:06] Reflecting on 2022 and looking towards 2023, and even 2024

About Our Guest

Scott Markovits is the host of the Leading from afar Podcast. He was the first hire at InVision and helped build the foundations of the company. From marketing, sales, product, operations, and most things in between. He’s also mentored and consulted with over a thousand early-stage startups; including a ton of remote ones. 

Connect with Scott Markovits

On LinkedIn

Leading from afar Website

Leading from afar Podcast

Resources Mentioned:

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Catch up on the most popular episode of the year: 34. Spotify's Work from Anywhere program, w/ Alexander Westerdahl



Our Guests

This podcast features interviews with leaders of the industry who will provide insights into a long-term transformation from traditional office work to remote work.

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

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Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Elastic

Leah Sutton

Slack

Brian Elliott

Okta

Samantha Fisher

MillerKnoll

Ryan Anderson

Hubspot

Eimear Marrinan

Dropbox

Alastair Simpson

Shopify

Maureen Burke

Gitlab

Darren Murph

Twitter

Tracy Hawkins

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By bombeztic, Netherlands 🇳🇱

I love the calibre of guests that appear on Remote First, it’s so interesting to hear what they have to say! Daphnée is a fantastic host who gets into the nuts-and-bolts of workplace transformation.

by Whan, United Kingdom 🇬🇧

"Great guests with insights that help in remote strategy. Daphnee let’s the guests share their expertise and is often asking the questions I have in my head! If you are running a remote company, you won’t go wrong with this podcast."

by Joe, Germany 🇩🇪

"So helpful to have tips and strategies for how to optimize the shift to remote work setups. Can’t wait to hear more !!"

By PatrickJBurns, United States 🇺🇸

We just wanted to thank you for this fantastic website! We are so grateful for being able to advertise our Petite cabin and receive feedback from people from all over the U.S. and even further.

Adam Morph — CEO Alfatech

We just wanted to thank you for this fantastic website! We are so grateful for being able to advertise our Petite cabin and receive feedback from people from all over the U.S. and even further.

Adam Morph — CEO Alfatech

We just wanted to thank you for this fantastic website! We are so grateful for being able to advertise our Petite cabin and receive feedback from people from all over the U.S. and even further.

Adam Morph — CEO Alfatech

The Host

Daphnée Laforest

Daphnée is a Distributed Workplace Consultant who is on a mission to help executives, people ops and team leaders drive a company-wide shift toward remote-first ways of working. Within 10 years of experience in fully distributed companies, she played key roles in establishing scalable workflows for growth, facilitating business decisions remotely and building internal products dedicated to digital-first teams.

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