Imagine swapping your desk in a dull, stuffy office, for a sun lounger on the beach, or even a table at a cafe overlooking beautiful mist-shrouded mountains? Well, that is precisely what you can do if you choose to become a digital nomad. Of course, most digital nomads are freelancers, that is they find their own clients and set their own work schedule. However, with a shift in ways of working and the technology to back it up, it may now be viable to digital nomad even while working in a salaried position. A topic that the post below explores in more detail.
One of the most significant issues is being able to stay in contact with the rest of their team. After all, most of us work in collaborative groups, and very few people have roles where they work autonomously, all of the time.
Of course, tech has progressed to the point that this actually need not be a problem anymore. In fact, by using not only email but instant messengers, it’s easy to discuss work and ideas with the rest of the team. No matter where in the world you are located.
Then there is video chatting, which means you can have a face to face conversation at any time and location you like. Something that can be even more effective than email and messenger and ensure you can stay in contact with your team with no loss of productivity.
Equality of Access/Resources
Another potential issue that a salaried digital nomad may encounter is an issue with access to the systems, and resources they need to do their job effectively. After all, you can’t lug a photocopier around with you when backpacking or getting on a plane.
However, it is worth noting that for some types of jobs, there are effective ways around this. One that is particularly effective is to use a Virtual Desktop system company-wide. Something that means your employees’ desktops are hosted online and so can be accessed from anywhere in the world, at any time. With the correct access codes that is!
Additionally, as many offices are now paperless and work with scanned documents; instead, the need for bulky office equipment is becoming less. After all, we can scan and save documents using our smartphones very easily now. Therefore, many roles would technically not require the employee to be in the office at all.
Finally, when it comes to salaried digital nomad, there may be an issue around the time difference, depending on whereabouts you are in the world. In fact, this can be the hardest one to deal with. The reason being that some business will need you to keep regular hours so you can communicate with customers and other team members quickly to be effective.
Of course, it is possible to keep to your employers hours no matter where in the world you are. Although that may mean working at unusual times or through the night. However, this may be a price that some people are willing to pay for a short time while they travel through a specific area. If it allows them the security of a salaried post with the freedom of a digital nomad lifestyle.