Could the digital nomad dream be about to open up to us all???
Is this is new normal???
Well if you are remote working right now, then yes this might be an option.
I’m not suggesting that everyone is going to be able to chase the 4 hour work week dream, but the new normal for many is going to be increased flexibility in terms of how and where we work.
We are returning to work, but not to the office
This is something that companies are really switching themselves onto.
Employees can start working again, but don’t need to be in the office environment.
The cost benefits for business are huge, albeit there is a crash coming for the commercial real estate sector.
As employees its also good news, we are not going to be limited to living and working in one place.
There might be some limitations on us to be working in a certain country or time zone for periods of time but the biggest change to working conditions in living memory, maybe even since the beginning of the industrial revolution 250 years ago is coming our way.
What can we expect???
At the moment that is still a little unclear, what we can say is that there will like every other change we go through, a period of adjustment along with positives and negatives.
The negatives are likely to be around:
- Pay structures being flattened out as employees no longer need to live and work in expensive areas (We already see face book being brutal here and others will follow)
- Expat assignments ending — Unless you have a critical role that needs to be face to face in country, the days of expat assignments and the advantages that come with them are going to end
- Tying in essentially a whole office and everything that this contains to your home at your expense.
Like any big change with the negatives comes the positives, which in this case are likely to be around:
- Flexible work schedule
- No or much less commuting
- Greater flexibility to travel
- More than 1 career at anytime
It will be different for everyone, but one thing is for sure change is coming, and fast.
Making the most of the opportunity
As usual the folks who are most comfortable with change, who are optimistic and see the opportunities to be grabbed will make a succesful transition.
If you have been happy working from home and/or if its always been the dream to pursue life as a digital nomad, now might just be a good time to start working up the plans for how you would do that.
The early bird catches the worm as they say.
Change is coming fast, for some of us it is already here, I know of at least 12 companies allowing their employees to travel (restricted today of course) and work today, albeit for trade off in pay or benefits.
This is not going to go away, and as businesses look to save costs in order to recover from the disaster that has been 2020 so far.
If you really want to be a digital nomad but need the security of a salary, your time may well have come.