9 Nov 2022
Remote work has many advantages for both employees and employers and is a more flexible way of organizing work.
Being an employee in a remote-first company gives you geographical freedom and professional and personal development. This also makes it possible to benefit, in certain countries, from a better climate, a better standard of living, or a lower cost of living than that of the large metropolises. Furthermore, being able to travel as a full-time employee while working also allows you to increase your chances of learning foreign languages.
Relocating abroad raises specific legal difficulties, particularly concerning determining the law applicable to the employment contract.
Logically, one can be a digital nomad or a remote worker almost anywhere in the world with a computer and an efficient internet connection. However, before you decide where to go, you need to research the countries that are particularly well suited to this way of life.
In general, remote workers cannot apply for a traditional work visa, which requires a contract with a local company and/or an invitation letter. Also, a tourist visa is often unsuitable as the worker may want to stay in the country longer than a tourist visa allows. Even those who do not need a visa to travel to Europe can only stay there for a short time.
For these reasons, many countries have started introducing European digital nomad visas. This type of visa allows remote workers to stay in Europe and work legally.
Furthermore, the cost of applying for a visa varies per nation. Every visa has different requirements, so it’s an excellent idea to extra budget money for background checks and medical examinations. It’s also good to remember that even though you’re abroad and want to go on excursions daily, set a budget and stick to it.
- Thailand is very popular with digital nomads. It is well known for its heavenly beaches and cost of living, much lower than that of other countries such as France or the United States. The atmosphere is amiable, and many coworking spaces are constantly developing.
- Mexico is a beautiful country with large cities where you can work and enjoy a pleasant setting for a deficient standard of living. The seaside resort of La Playa del Carmen has a significant asset: Wifi. Extremely fast, the connection is ideal for making video calls or working online.
- Canada is also popular with remote workers and is considered one of the important technological centers in the world. The internet connection is excellent, and there are many places to work.
- Bali and its breathtaking landscapes are also a good option. It is even the international capital of digital nomads. Its shared workspaces are numerous, and the cost of living is meager, allowing you to enjoy leisure and outings during your free time.
The concept of remote jobs has become widespread. Some “nomad friendly” countries, such as Barbados, the Cayman Islands, Mexico, etc., even encourage e-workers to settle for a few months in their territory by granting a digital nomad visa or temporary work permits, offering them an average stay validity of one year instead of the 30 to 90 days authorized under a traditional tourist visa.
Your relocation should be well planned, so the transition goes smoothly for you and your organization once the legalities are done.
One of the essential things to take into account is the different time zones.
If you decide to move from New York to Bali, for example, your team will be worried that you wouldn’t be able to communicate based on their time.
What I suggest you do is come up with a strategy for how you would change your schedule to be still able to work with them.
If your company isn’t currently adopting asynchronous work, make sure you know their expectations for your role, output, and availability requirements before transferring.
The working environment is one of the most critical factors for being productive in one’s activity. Relocating to an island while working remotely sounds fantastic, but you should look for more than just that! Because as we know, remote work is not video conferencing your team members from the beach; the remote environment is much more than that, and this needs to be addressed.
When remote employees move, one of the main issues that managers report is dealing with is the unpredictability of their new workplace or diversions.
To avoid these complications, ensure your accommodation has a good home office: table, desk, space, light, internet connection, etc.
Also, it would be ideal if you have one or two options for outside places to work (cafés, coworking spaces…).
Except for the occasional offsites, once you move, you need to know that meeting your colleagues face-to-face will be difficult.
Communication is key 👆🏻
When working remotely, you’ll need to adopt new tactics. At Stakha, we always start our conversations with a personal check-in before we start the work conversation. We also believe in simple calls that anyone within the company can join to catch up and socialize virtually. Additionally, we organize some online games, coffee conversations, or virtual lunch breaks.
Slack, Zoom, and asynchronous apps are excellent tools for staying connected with your remote team. We highly suggest maintaining relationships while working remotely. This will have a significant positive impact.
Retention and recruiting of employees.
By enabling you to make the world more accessible to your present and potential employees. This will help you become more competitive in the global employment market.
Full remote employees will get the ability to work from absolutely anywhere on the globe, as long as they have a good internet connection.
And having the world as a professional opportunity will double their chances of finding their perfect job opportunity and creating their work-life balance.
If you think that this lifestyle fits you and your needs. Stakha will help you find the perfect role for you no matter where you live and who you are.
At Stakha, we have more than 90 open positions that are fully remote. We will help you find your desired role without compromising your personal life.