What is a distributed workforce?

Distributed workforce

A distributed workforce, or distributed team, refers to employees and contractors who work for the same company but in different physical locations. A distributed workforce may comprise:

  • on-site teams at one or more office locations
  • remote employees who work from home, coworking spaces, or are traveling
  • digital nomads

What’s the difference between a “distributed” and “remote” workforce?

​​The term “distributed” is commonly confused with the term “remote”. Although a company's employees and contractors can work together in both a distributed and remote manner at the same time, “distributed” tends to convey the way organizations are structured (see distributed work).

Example of a distributed workforce

Oyster is the perfect example of a distributed workforce. With no central office, all Oyster’s employees work remotely in locations around the world.

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About Oyster

Oyster is a global employment platform designed to enable visionary HR leaders to find, hire, pay, manage, develop, and take care of a thriving distributed workforce. Oyster lets growing companies give valued international team members the experience they deserve, without the usual headaches and expense.

Oyster enables hiring anywhere in the world—with reliable, compliant payroll, and great local benefits and perks.