The power of asynchronous work in global teams

by Time Doctor
power of asynchronous work

The 9 to 5 workday is rapidly becoming a thing of the past in our fast-paced, highly connected day. Presenting the ground-breaking idea of asynchronous work, a paradigm that promises to completely transform the way international teams function, communicate, and produce results. The CEO and co-founder of Remote, Job van der Voort, discusses the transformational power of choosing flexibility over set hours with HRM Asia.

The revolution of asynchronous work

The goal of asynchronous work, or “async,” as it’s more often called, is to eliminate the need for every team member to be online at the same time. This concept promotes a culture of trust, autonomy, and flexibility by enabling teams to arrange work and communicate on their own timetables. 

According to the Remote Workforce Report 2023 44% of firms are recruiting more people abroad as part of a move towards more scattered and global teams.

Key benefits of asynchronous work

  • Promotes international collaboration: Async work enables seamless cross-time zone collaboration and access to a variety of talent pools.
  • Boosts productivity: Async work fosters a results-oriented culture by emphasizing productivity and outcomes.
  • Increases hiring strategies: Organizations may now employ the greatest individuals globally because geographic limitations are no longer an obstacle.
  • Enhances resource management: Businesses benefit from improved resource management, decreased waste, and increased productivity.
power of asynchronous work

Addressing the difficulties of asynchronous work

Even though async work has many advantages, it can occasionally seem lonely. The value of open communication and frequent, in-person meetings can help improve team spirit and ensure everyone remains focused on the same objectives. In remote teams, these tactics foster a strong sense of belonging and community.

Overcoming hesitancy

The async approach may cause hesitation in many HR professionals since they believe it would be difficult to manage communication and performance. These issues are addressed by remote, which places an emphasis on open, honest communication and makes use of asynchronous collaboration platforms like Slack, Notion, Google Drive, and Loom. Time management and building trust and responsibility in teams require setting clear expectations and norms for response times, documentation requirements, and tool usage.


The move to asynchronous work offers a more adaptable, efficient, and inclusive method of operation and signifies a dramatic break from conventional work patterns. It’s not only about working from a distance; it’s also about redefining what work may look like when time limitations are lifted. While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to asynchronous work, its guiding principles of trust, autonomy, and clear communication have the potential to revolutionize multinational teams.

Accepting async work means accepting a future in which work adapts to our lives rather than the other way around. The experiences of Remote and its teams prove that although the trip may be difficult, the benefits are definitely worthwhile.

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