Casual Email Sign-Offs, Chief Remote Officers and 10 Other Predicted Work Trends of 2023

Work trends

For many employees, the nature of work has changed dramatically in the past couple of years. With 2023 just around the corner, now’s a perfect time to take stock of all the changes and make predictions for what’s to come.

Ahead, we share some possible trends we might expect to see next year, globally. International talent-hiring company Deel analysed data from its own employees to pull together these predictions.

So, from employees juggling multiple flexible hours, to a role dedicated to ensuring a smooth-running fully remote or hybrid workforce, this is what to expect, according to them.

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Overemployed (By Choice)

Remote workers are gaming the system by using flexible hours and asynchronous tools to juggle more than one job at the same time. For them, it’s all work, more pay.

A Chief Remote Officer 

With remote work on the rise and here to stay, the title of CRO is popping up on job boards everywhere. Most job descriptions entail all the elements around remote team set-ups, including hosting in-person events, how to work in different time zones, comp strategies and internal comms tools.


Work while travelling the globe? Well, it’s now a reality and more often than not, seems to become the norm. New tools are enabling people to not only work from their couches, but even from the likes of overwater bungalows in the Maldives.

Flex Holidays 

Not everyone celebrates every public holiday, and with more and more companies embracing distributed work, teams are leaning toward the idea of flexible holidays. More workers are getting the power to decide what holidays they take off instead of a one-size-fits-all calendar. After all, global teams are, well, global.

Gen Flex

The latest generation entering the workforce is having one of the most unique experiences in decades, with many workers never having set foot in an office. Virtual work is the new reality.


Today’s workforce is putting flexibility and freedom at the top of their working requirements (and life). More than ever, teams are trading perks for the non-negotiable of being a flexetariat.

Talent Snatching

Another day, another offer letter. Amid ongoing layoffs, one interesting trend is bubbling up: a bidding war for talent. Some workers are finding themselves working at one company for only a few months before getting a more appealing offer elsewhere, oftentimes out of nowhere. Talent snatching can be savage, but for employees, competitive offers definitely have their benefits.


In Japan, sukima — extra time is extra money — is something young people are embracing. They’re turning free time into extra cash with new apps, such as Jobcase, Timee and LINE Sukimani, that help match them with jobs like waiting tables or making deliveries, so there’s no time wasted — just money earned.

Casual E-Signatures

With apps like BeReal on the rise, Gen Zers are skipping the pleasantries for more “authentic” sign-offs and OOO replies. There’s been an influx of language like, “Lukewarm regards;” “Another day, another slay;” and “In case of emergency, dial 000; not an emergency, try Google.”

Pick-Up Parties

There’s a new type of tupperware party in town. Since fewer people are working from offices and together less IRL, people are finding new ways to connect at in-person brand events called ‘pick-up parties’. You order a product and instead of it being delivered to your home, you collect it from an in-person party event where you meet other like-minded purchasers.

Career Bouncing

Slightly different from salary bouncing (jumping from job to job in under a year to increase salary with each jump) — moving from one career to another, like teacher to marketer, is taking off. The idea is that doing so can help you determine which career is preferable.


In a recent survey of Americans, Deel found that people are saving more than ever, thanks to things like reduced travel, food expenses and increased salaries. More than 59% have increased their salaries and 64% say they’ve increased their savings while working from home.

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