Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many companies initially had little choice but to allow their teams to work from home. As a result, an increasing number of organizations enjoy a range of benefits that the arrangement can provide, including higher productivity and significant cost savings. That has led many to embrace the paradigm, potentially to the point of making it a permanent change.
While COVID-19 means that remote workers are mainly handling their responsibilities from home, the pandemic won’t always be an issue. As the situation calms, work from home can undergo a transition, making work from anywhere the new normal.
With work from anywhere, employees aren’t relegated to home offices. Instead, they can handle their duties from essentially any place that offers a solid internet connection, freeing them from the confines of their house. This transition could lead to some additional changes in how professionals work and manage their personal lives. If you are wondering what comes along with the work from anywhere approach, here’s what you need to know.
Digital Nomads on the Rise
Employees that are permanently allowed to work remotely aren’t required to stay near their company’s workplace. Once traveling becomes a safer option, this could lead to the rise of the digital nomad.
Digital nomads are professionals who work remotely and use their lack of a physical workplace to travel continuously. While some maintain a form of home base, not all do. Instead, they spend their time moving between different states or countries while handling their professional responsibilities.
At times, remote workers choose to be part-time digital nomads. They may spend most of their year working from home, though they may also take advantage of their remote status to take workcations frequently. This can mean handling their duties will visiting family several times a year, or even from a sandy beach in another country.
Ending the Exodus
For years, college graduates and skilled professionals transitioned away from middle America searching for career opportunities, often heading to major cities or industry hubs for work. However, as remote work increasingly becomes the norm, these population shifts may become unnecessary, slowing (if not completely halting) the exodus.
If this change occurs, professionals will have more options regarding where they live. This has the potential to significantly impact the economy and housing markets of states that were previously seeing professionals leave, as well as the cities many are headed toward. However, since these professionals can work remotely, it won’t significantly influence companies seeking out top talent.
Broadening Talent Pools
With work from anywhere, companies get a significant advantage when it comes to locating talent. Just as professionals won’t be limited to job opportunities in their immediate area, organizations can look outside of their city to find new team members. This could dramatically broaden a company’s talent pool, giving them more access to in-demand skills and top talent who may call other parts of the country home.
Ultimately, work from anywhere has the potential to become the new work from home, though we may not know if that will occur until COVID-19 is no longer a factor. If you’d like to know more about the possible transition and how you can make it work for your company, the team at The Squires Group can help. Contact us today.