This week in the Wylde blog we’re discussing the ‘Digital Nomad’. This term refers to a person who earns a living working online in various locations of their choosing (rather than a fixed business location). Obviously after the world of work changed significantly during the pandemic, many of us found ourselves working from home and thus the relationship we have towards our place of work changed significantly too.
As the world begins to open back up and crawl out of isolation and lockdowns, working flexibly and remotely has opened up a whole new realm of possibilities for those of us looking to travel but also not give up on our careers. The millenial dream is of course, to hop from country to country hot-desking from hipster coffee shops around the world, but is this reality an achievable or maintainable one?
We think the answer is yes. At Wylde we are firm believers in the Hybrid Work Model that prioritises work-life balance whilst also highlighting the need for a workplace that provides a space for employees to reconnect, recalibrate and regularly touch base. The office is not dead, it’s a vital part of the work-day and whilst travelling and working remotely is doable, there needs to be time made to meet in person alongside colleagues to regroup.
One thing we understand with clients in different locations around the world, site visits, meetings and juggling multiple projects at a time – is that working remotely does in fact make you work better. When you need to prioritise work regardless of your location, you’ll find that you prioritise working when you’re most productive. Being on the move makes you more adaptable and in turn will open you up more creative and breakthrough ideas.
Whilst the term digital nomad generally makes us think of 20-something year olds in cool bars working sporadically whilst trying to work out what they want to do… the term is changing. There are families who travel and work from wherever they are – a new term being coined as “anywhere workers”. These families have embraced the changes that the pandemic brought and have since seized the opportunity to raise their children in different cultures, learning different languages and being educated online or through different schooling systems, whilst being able to maintain and develop their online careers.
We would argue the absolute necessity of touching-base with your work team, employers and clients as frequently as possible but thats why the workplace exists with new purpose! Find out more about Hybrid Working and why the future of the workplace isn’t doomed here!