Businesses are facing a disconnect between what they want to accomplish and the skills needed to make it happen. According to a recent survey by Gartner, talent shortage is the top concern for senior executives. Limited access means the competition to work with top talent is fierce and many teams risk coming up short.

That’s leading many companies to work with freelancers. More professionals are choosing to freelance over traditional employment, a movement that’s creating ranks of independent workers who can offer the most in-demand skills in a way that’s timely, agile, and often located somewhere else.

How are companies using remote workers to help address their top business challenges? The inaugural issue of Connect: The Upwork Magazine delves into the theme of “de-location, not relocation.”

Connect links workforce trends and must-have management skills to case studies from leading companies, such as Netflix and GE, who are already putting new strategies to work—and getting results. In the Location issue, you’ll learn more about:

  • How to beat the talent shortage with a “de-located” approach
  • How Wikimedia adopted a remote-first mindset to serve its audience more meaningfully—and how you can apply it to your business
  • Upwork HR’s workforce predictions for 2028 and why you need to prepare now
  • How GE’s agile workforce strategy resulted in 50 percent faster turnaround time on projects

The future of work is here already. It’s time for businesses to catch up. Get to know this modern way of working and how it can impact your business. Let’s dive in!

View the digital copy of Connect for free.