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The Grand Workplace Redesign with NYT Bestselling Author, Tim Sanders from Upwork

Insight Partners | February 24, 2022| 1 min. read

People’s approach to work is changing. As leaders, we have a generational opportunity to embark on The Grand Workplace Redesign. Disruption comes an opportunity for leaders to rethink our workplace, workforce, and workflow

Watch Insight's webinar with Upwork's VP of Client Strategy and New York Times bestselling author, Tim Sanders, as he highlights how to view disruption as an opportunity to redesign our workplace and stay ahead of changes, strengthen our teams, and accelerate growth.

Read below to learn more on how to apply this revolutionary thinking to your company.


According to the American Community Survey, fewer than 6% of people worked from home in 2019. Today 25% work from home (via Upwork’s Future Workforce Report).      

There are six categories of workplace design. Which of these can you rethink to optimize productivity, talent access, and worker morale?

  1. Remote first
  2. Remote for now
  3. Remote friendly
  4. Hybrid by role
  5. Hybrid by day mix
  6. On-site first


For more than a century, full-time first was the mindset in talent acquisition. However, as more talent moved to contract platforms during the past decade, companies have rethought workforce design. This shift parallels how cloud computing ushered in a grand redesign of the ways companies use technology solutions. 

As managers become comfortable managing remote team members, they become inclined to leverage freelancers and contractors. Why? They are building “lead-based on outcomes” talents.


With workplace and workforce designs in place, you can design your workflow through load management and skill sourcing. This approach leaves full-time team members to manage the process. It also builds flexibility from the outset.

  • Load Management
    • Overtaxing your best talent is a primary concern for businesses. Free up your in-house teams to do their best work by managing their workload with independent talent. 
  • Skill sourcing 
    • Skill sourcing is about designing project execution so that delivery dates are met. 
    • Taskify deliverables, then look to skill-source the components. 
    • Depend on teammates for what’s left and project management. 
    • Build a virtual talent bench for faster resourcing and accelerate your team’s ability to deliver projects and programs on time.

Applying design thinking to these three areas creates a system where one redesign builds upon the next: Workplace redesign makes managers great at leading outcomes, enabling workforce redesign, which then unlocks workflow redesign.

Learn more about how Upwork can support your Grand Workplace Redesign with our Enterprise Suite at upwork.com/programs/insight-partners.

Insight Partners established a partnership with Upwork, to provide their portfolio companies with access to high-quality, independent talent and multiply the work output of their in-house teams. With this partnership, Insight portfolio companies have access to preferred rates and discounts on Upwork Enterprise products. To learn more about this exclusive offering, we encourage you to sign-up for Insight’s GO portfolio platform tap into our network, resources, and opportunities.

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