Digital Nomad Transcends Remote Work
According to the survey, the future of work lies in full flexibility for employees. Whereas hybrid has been touted as the work form of choice for a long time, fully-remote work has completely exceeded all limitations of both hybrid and on-site options.
There’s more to it than enabling remote work, however. Employees are increasingly showing interest in becoming digital nomads and leading a “location-independent, technology-enabled lifestyle allowing one to travel and work remotely.”
Out of the 3,500 Australians surveyed, 60% stated that they wanted to work as digital nomads in the next one to three years. Of those, 50% claimed they’d prefer becoming a digital nomad in a 6–12-month timeframe. Most participants in the survey are marketing, creative, and development talent, i.e., a group of people who should have fewer hurdles in the way of becoming digital nomads.
Digital Nomad-Friendly Policies
However, as the survey finds, employees don’t really care whether it’s too much of a bother for a company to set up a fully-functioning infrastructure that enables remote work — it is the expectation.
“To meet employees’ expectations, companies need to be prepared, with digital nomad-friendly policies and procedures in place, along with the infrastructure to allow work to be done anywhere,” the survey finds.
Of those digital nomad-friendly policies, the global location flexibility, a formal contract, paid insurance, integrated workflows, and established work hours are among the top five policies that surveyees asked for.
When asked about flexible work policies that would contribute to work-life balance the most, surveyees listed full flexibility (on-site, remote, or hybrid), flexible hours, a 4-day work week, unlimited vacation, and annual office shutdown periods.