Flex office, teleworking, digital work...neo-nomads are reinventing their daily lives

Latin America, Philippines, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and now India… John, “John the coder”, 34, has been travelling with his wife and two young children for the past year and a half, while still running his online code course site (learn-a-coder.com). He created his dream lifestyle from scratch before leaving: “We first thought about the concept, the site, all the videos, the tutos… and launched the activity. It wasn’t until we reached 30,000 students that we left.”

Because family travel is expensive: “When you are alone and freelance, you can live in Bali for $1,000 a month. We spend an average of $7,500 a month, including airline tickets.” Another challenge: succeeding in maintaining productivity while managing your workload, when you are with your family 24 hours a day. “The goal is still to travel, spend time together and do crazy things. I’d say I’m doing a big half-time job on a classic week.” So they only stay in hotels or houses with two rooms and a minimum of WiFi: “Because you can’t dream, you don’t work well at the beach!”

Without opting for such an extreme solution, many employees see only the advantages of no longer having a fixed office and being able to work in ultra-mobility. Better communication between employees and managers, high-performance technological tools to support this mode of operation, an increased sense of freedom and a galloping sense of well-being. Clelia is not the only one to praise the benefits of this new “interior nomadism”. According to the Paris Workplace 2018 barometer conducted by Ifop for the Société foncière lyonnaise, mobility has indeed become a key issue for the balance at work and the performance of companies.

Thus, the study reveals that employees’ happiness is correlated with their mobility: the more opportunities they have to put their computers in different places (at least two) during the day, the more opportunities they have to work outside the office (at least once a week), the more professional appointments they have outside (at least one per week) and the happier they are at work. But don’t think that the traditional office is dead. Quite the contrary. For these ultra-mobile vehicles, it would represent an essential anchor point for “settling down and working as a team”. An airstrip from which they can take off easily.

source, French article Capital