What happens when you try to bridge a global talent gap

200+ job seekers & 20+ companies: A Recap of Our First Remote Hiring Event

On December 3rd we held our first remote, and asynchronous hiring event, Oyster Bridges, for 240 total attendees spanning at least 50 countries over 24 hours.

Oyster Bridges was born out of a brainstorm on how to spend our time creating something that would be both meaningful to remote companies and also the individuals that power them.

With a focus on social good, our mission was to create a “special access opportunity” for extremely well qualified remote job seekers from the developing world to have exposure to remote companies dedicated to people-centricity.

We decided to make the event asynchronous – a new form of virtual event that does not have a schedule and does not presume any live experiences for the participants. Rather, we created a window of time during which special access was given to the event space where content and other experiences would be consumed on-demand.

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5 skills to master for landing your dream remote job

Do you yearn for an intellectually stimulating job without the over-stimulation of life in Silicon Valley, London, or Tokyo?

Have you had a taste of working from home and are ready to trade in your suit and office commute for pajamas and Zoom meetings?

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Spoiler alert! Not every remote structure is the same

So you’re on your way towards working remotely. But you realize that every company offers a different structure: remote, distributed or hybrid.

So Which One to Choose? 🙄

First off, well done! We’re always very excited to see new employees embracing remote work.

Now back to the question.

Making the switch to remote is often the most difficult step (and that in itself is a very big accomplishment).

But what follows is just as important, and that is deciding on which remote structure works best for you.

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Introducing Quote Calculator

We are excited to share the Oyster quote calculator, a simple and transparent way for companies to understand the cost of employment globally. 

The quote calculator provides the total cost of employment for a given gross salary. We are currently providing real time quotes in 60+ countries. We plan to expand the coverage to 100+ countries this year. 

When you enter a gross salary and country for your hire, we use this to calculate the employer taxes & contributions, local employment costs and the Oyster fee. This gives you the total cost of employment.

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It’s time to get comfortable with the Remote Lingo – a look into remote and distributed work

Welcome to the remote club (or if you’re still in the process, hang in there). Being part of this growing community, means you’re pretty comfortable with the everyday remote lingo. Right?

Do you know, let’s say, the key differences between ‘remote” and ‘distributed‘?

…not that easy? Don’t worry you’re not alone 👍

In this blog, we will help explain the key differences between both terms, and share with you which one Oyster chose and why.

Some background

Remote work has become a hot topic ever since the world was thrown into working from home earlier this year. As people continue to discuss potential impacts this change might have on the workplace, many terms are being thrown around. Words such as “remote” and “distributed” are constantly being used. People use them without much thought. But at Oyster, we say it’s worth taking a minute to look at the key differences between these terms. As you will see, adopting one over the other can have a significant impact on a company’s operations and culture.

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3 key reasons why your remote work strategy failed (and what to do about it)

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It’s hard to deny the role COVID-19 has played as the main catalyst for remote work worldwide.

A global survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. found that 88% of business organizations around the world mandated or encouraged all their employees to work from home as the virus started to spread

Another study shows, 74% of companies plan to permanently shift to some type of remote work post COVID19, as seen with Facebook, Twitter, and Coinbase.

Yet, the desire for remote work is split down the middle, with 41% of people surveyed in a Gallup panel poll wanting to “return to working at your office as much as you did previously.”

Now as offices begin to re-open, it begs the question how successful was your remote work strategy in the first place?

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The (Remote) Future of Talent Acquisition

More Remote Working Means More Remote Hiring

It’s clear that remote working is working well for companies of all types and sizes. And they’re not just ditching their offices, they’re thinking differently about talent. With good reason. The behavioral shift from the pandemic has also enlarged the remote talent pool. LinkedIn reported a 2.8X increase in the volume of new remote jobs being added to their platform, between March and July. Behind that dramatic increase in newly-created remote jobs there are probably a lot of recruiters and talent acquisition specialists who’ve never hired somebody remotely before. So it’s a great time for recruiters to broaden their talent horizons and knowledge when it comes to remote talent acquisition.

With them in mind, we put together our first “Oyster Hour” webinar series, titled “The (Remote) Future of Talent Acquisition”. It’s all about how to attract and hire great remote talent into your organization. This live conversation series features some of the smartest and most experienced folks in matters of remote work and remote talent. We broke down the conversation into three areas:

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