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43. Should we pay based on location? w/ Sondre Rasch, Safety Wing


We're already in a global labor market, and most people just don't know it yet. Remote work has leveled the playing field, and now to get (and keep) the best talent companies need to change their old practices and pay their workers the right way. So, it’s time to pull up the band-aid and make the switch. 

Today, we have Sondre Rasch, the Co-founder and CEO of SafetyWing, a company of over 100 employees hiring entirely remotely from all over the world. Its mission is to build a global social safety net for remote workers and teams.

In this episode, we talk about the different possibilities to handle pay when hiring globally, we debunk the arguments for paying different salaries based on the worker’s location, and bring up some hard truths about the new reality of work and management in the remote workspace. 

In this episode:

[02:40] How to hire remotely

[03:45] Why paying flat-base salary across locations is the way to go

[09:39] Possible ways to handle pay when hiring remote workers globally

[17:02] How to provide equal benefits to employees around the world

[21:32] The reality of what work and management are actually like in a remote workspace

[28:45] The global labor market as a solution for inequality

About Our Guest

Sondre Rasch is the Co-founder and CEO of SafetyWing, a company of over 100 employees hired entirely remotely from all over the world. They are building a global social safety net, with fully-fledged health insurance for remote teams and entrepreneurs, as well as incident and health insurance for digital nomads. He is also the host of SafetyWing's Building Remotely podcast, a guide on how to build and scale a remote company.

Connect with Sondre Rasch

On LinkedIn

SafetyWing Website

Resources Mentioned:

Remote Health - A premium health insurance for remote teams and platforms, designed for your global workforce and that works in every country across the world. 

Nomad Insurance - Travel health and incident insurance for nomads, covering people from all over the world, while outside their home country.

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

Latest Episodes

September 13, 2021

22. Building an equitable culture w/ Eimear Marrinan, Hubspot

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August 30, 2021

21. Equity in a hybrid workplace w/ Samantha Fisher, Okta

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August 23, 2021

20. Psychological safety linked to innovation w/ Brian Elliott, Slack

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August 16, 2021

19. Data shows people want flexibility w/ Brian Elliott, Slack

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August 2, 2021

18. The next generation is expecting async video collaboration with Voodle // Startup Series

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July 26, 2021

17. The benefits of voice-first communication with Commons // Startup Series

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July 19, 2021

16. Digital is your new HeadQuarters w Qatalog // Startup Series

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July 12, 2021

15. Voice AI coach observing you w. Poised // Startup Series

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July 5, 2021

14. Investing in global work solutions w/ Andreas Klinger from Remote-First Capital

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June 28, 2021

13. Mastering Virtual Workshop Facilitation with Butter // Startup Series

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July 26, 2022

42. Equipping Teams Globally w/ Hofy // Startup Series

The rise of Remote Work is transforming the way companies are hiring. Businesses are no longer hiring talent where their headquarters are, they’re hiring talent where the talent is. This creates the need for companies to deliver a globally consistent employee experience, and to equip all of their employees with the optimal workspace at home, wherever they may be.

Today, we are discovering a new Startup for Remote Work: Hofy.

In this episode, I’ll be chatting with Sami Bouremoum, the CEO of Hofy, about this new reality for businesses and employees, what really matters when setting up a home office, dealing with local regulations, and much more.

In this episode

[02:18] Having a first day at home should be as good as having that first day in the office

[05:21] What really matters in a home office

[09:07] Saving money on equipment for your employees is a false economy

[16:42] The things you need to really  invest in to equip your employees for success

[21:01] The difference between allowing and facilitating remote work

About Our Guest

Sami Bouremoum is the CEO of Hofy. He is a dad and an entrepreneur. His company enables businesses to equip employees from a physical perspective anywhere in the world, giving them a consistent employee experience wherever they are hiring.

Connect with Sami Bouremoum

On LinkedIn

Through email info@hofy.com 

Resources Mentioned

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode: Hofy.




Season

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July 12, 2022

41. Metaverse at Work w/ Ed Greig, Deloitte Digital

Virtual Reality and the Metaverse is transforming the way we work and interact virtually. Can you imagine sitting down for a virtual meeting, looking to your right, and actually seeing and interacting with the colleague next to you?

I want to talk more about the future of Metaverse and for that, I’m bringing Ed Greig as a guest in today's episode of the Remote First Podcast. Ed is the Chief disruptor at Deloitte Digital UK and we’re going to discuss Metaverse technologies, the opportunities and benefits of the Metaverse, and some of his team's latest experiments working in the Metaverse. 

In this episode:

[01:20] What they do at Deloitte Digital

[04:45] The 4 key areas of Metaverse technologies  

[10:05] Opportunities and benefits of immersive technology

[15:45] How you can experience the Metaverse

[21:22] 3 Solutions Deloitte Digital uses for collaborations and events online

[28:40] Leveraging virtual reality and the Metaverse in remote teams

[34:00] What they’re trying next at Deloitte Digital

Connect with Ed Greig

Linkedin: Ed Greig FRSA

Website: deloittedigital.com

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work Hub – Find what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30-day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode: Deloitte Digital.

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June 28, 2022

40. Should Most Remote Work Be Asynchronous?

In the past two years, we've seen many companies experiencing remote asynchronous work for the first time. But many people still have questions and concerns around remote work and async work. What are the pros and cons? When is it time to go async? What systems do you need in place for it to actually work?

Today, we have Julia Szatar from Loom, Ryan Burke from Qatalog, Nathan Barry from ConvertKit, and Samantha Fischer from Okta joining us in this conversation.

In this episode, we’re discussing one thing, ‘should most remote work be asynchronous?’

In this episode:

[03:41] Why async is now the go-to method when we talk about remote work

[05:36] Systems you can implement to create an asynchronous way of work

[10:26] Shifting the culture around instant messaging in remote or hybrid teams

[14:45] What’s the right balance between sync and async work?

[17:55] The pain points of async work and how we can improve

[20:50] How work could look like if we go fully asynchronous 

[28:10] Answering questions from the public about remote work

Connect with our guests

Ryan Burke, Chief Revenue Officer at Qatalog.

Samantha Fisher, Head of Dynamic Work at Okta, Inc.

Julia Szatar, Head of Product Marketing at Loom.

Nathan Barry, Founder and CEO at ConvertKit.

Resources Mentioned:

Qatalog Work HubFind what you need, see who’s working on what, and get updates on where things are at, without the endless stream of emails and pings coming from everywhere. Sign up now at Qatalog.com for a free 30 day trial, for you and your team.

--- Other resources mentioned in this episode: Loom, Basecamp, Zoom, Slack, ConvertKit.

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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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