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Digital nomadism: considerations for employees and employers

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​In a world where 'work' no longer has to be synonymous with 'a specific place,' the dream of becoming a digital nomad is more attainable. Aspiring nomads have a universe of possibilities, where travel and work harmoniously coexist. For businesses, hiring a remote worker is commonplace amongst post-pandemic transformation, and more importantly, a strategic consideration to obtain exceptional talent that may lay beyond geographical boundaries.

If you're considering taking the plunge into digital nomadism there are 6 key factors to consider:

  1. Skills and interests: It's essential to assess your skills, strengths, and professional interests. What are you passionate about? What skills do you possess that can be applied to remote work? FutureYou's team of experts can assist you in identifying your unique skill set and matching it with opportunities that align with your interests.

  2. Remote-friendly careers: Not all professions are created equal when it comes to remote work. Some roles naturally lend themselves to the digital nomad lifestyle, while others may require a bit more creativity to make location-independent.

  3. Digital presence: Online presence is just as important as a resume. A strong digital presence should showcase your skills and experience effectively. Revamping your LinkedIn profile and optimising your digital portfolio and website will leave a lasting impression on potential employers. Furthermore, networking is a cornerstone of success and building a robust professional network can open doors to remote opportunities you may not have discovered otherwise. Register for Meet-Ups, join webinars and follow relevant social groups to expand the visibility of your name and source leads.

  4. Stay informed: Remote work is a dynamic field, with trends and technologies evolving rapidly. Staying informed is crucial to remain competitive as a digital nomad.

  5. Legal requirements: Before you take flight, understand any visa, tax and legal requirements for working in another country.

  6. Connect with specialist recruiters: Whether you're seeking a position that allows you to work from the beaches of Byron or cafes of Lisbon, FutureYou is your trusted companion along the way. Our team of experienced consultants can help navigate the remote work landscape, matching skills and aspirations with the perfect remote role.

The path ahead for employers

Post-Covid has radically transformed the business landscape. In fact, Finder’s Consumer Sentiment Tracker revealed that 2.9 million Australians (14% of the total population) plan to work remotely overseas, and over a quarter remotely domestically. Hiring in an already competitive environment has forced companies to expand their talent searches beyond the confines of their physical location, but not all businesses are embracing this candidate-led movement. The same poll revealed that 17% Australians said their current place of employment allows them to work remotely but only within Australia, and just 9% internationally.

Hiring a digital nomad can be a mutually beneficial arrangement - it allows access to a larger talent pool and often results in increased productivity and fresh perspectives. Let’s consider the factors essential to making remote working a success:

  • Communication: Clear and consistent communication is vital when working with remote employees. Employers should establish effective communication channels and set expectations for availability and response times.

  • Tools and Access: Providing access to the necessary tools and software for remote work is crucial. Employers should ensure that remote employees have reliable internet connections and access to essential software and systems.

  • Performance metrics: Define key performance indicators (KPIs) and objectives for remote employees. Regularly assess their performance based on these metrics to maintain productivity and accountability.

  • Security: Protecting sensitive data is a top priority. Employers should implement robust security measures and protocols to safeguard company information when working with remote employees.

  • Legal and tax considerations: Depending on the candidate’s and the employer's location, there may be legal and tax implications to address. It's essential to consult legal and tax specialists to navigate these complexities.

In conclusion, the world of digital nomadism and remote working is fast becoming the norm. For the 29% of Australians seeking flexibility and freedom, it is essential for employers to embrace the ‘work from anywhere’ movement. Connect with us today to discuss how we can assist with your local and remote talent solutions.

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