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The digital nomad lifestyle continues to grow in popularity as people seek out new ways of working What is a Digital Nomad? The term digital nomad is generally understood to describe someone who works remotely while they travel. While the majority of people who refer to themselves as digital nomads travel the world, some stick closer to home travelling instead within their own country. While digital nomadism has been talked and written about since the 1990’s, global technological advances allows more of us to work as digital nomads. Those who can work online are no longer bound to a single geographical location to carry out their work. People become digital nomads for a variety of reasons. Some roles have become solely 'remote working' no longer requiring staff to be in a particular physical location to do their job. Others choose digital nomadism to escape the constraints of working set hours in the...

[caption id="attachment_18441" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Freelance and remote working is on the rise"] [/caption] The number of people working freelance in the UK is growing rapidly. According to a report by the IPSE (The Association for Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed), the number of freelancers in the UK rose by 43% between 2008 and 2016. There are now at least 2 million freelance workers, representing 42% of the 4.8m self-employed population, 6% of the UK workforce and contributing £119 billion to the UK economy. While all major industry groups are represented in the figures, the largest freelance occupational groups are: Artistic, literary and media occupations Managers and proprietors in other services Teaching and education professions IT and telecommunications professions   An estimated 429,000 (21%) UK freelancers reside in London, a rise of 59% since 2008. The significant role of freelancers in the capital is not surprising given that London’s economy is largely based on service industries, which include many...

[caption id="attachment_18485" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Should you be working part-time?"] [/caption] I was invited to speak on BBC Radio recently in response to a BBC article Three-day working week 'optimal for over-40s'. The article referred to a study undertaken by researchers at the Melbourne Institute at the University of Melbourne. Intrigued, I had to read the full working paper: Use It Too Much and Lose It? The Effect of Working Hours on Cognitive Ability. The findings of the study were that working up to 22-30 hours per week had a positive impact on the participants and that any hours worked in excess of this resulted in a negative impact on cognitive functioning. Why was this? It was discovered that stress and fatigue played a large part in impairing participants’ cognitive functioning. The study concluded that ‘too much work can have adverse effects on cognitive functioning’. This got me thinking about the many clients I...

[caption id="attachment_18510" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Flexible working is a growing trend"] [/caption] With an estimated 14%* of employees now working from home, the world of work is changing. Whether you're in full or part-time employment, are self-employed or work as a freelancer, chances are you spend at least a part of your week working from home. In honour of Work From Home week, I thought it would be worthwhile to look at the advantages and the challenges of working from home. Advantages The reason for the growing trend in flexible and home working are the many advantages that come with these new ways of working. Some of these advantages include: increased well-being improved staff retention reduced absenteeism improved levels of motivation and enthusiasm eliminated or reduced need for travel reduced operating costs   The advantages for employers is clear, allowing staff the freedom of flexible working including working from home makes for happier employees. Working from home is common for freelancers and...

[caption id="attachment_18561" align="aligncenter" width="500" caption="Is remote working good or bad for business?"] [/caption] It was interesting reading the BBC News article Teleworking: The myth of working from home in response to the Yahoo! Memo informing staff that from June, those with work-from-home arrangements will be required to work from a Yahoo! Office. In the memo, Yahoo!’s head of HR Jackie Reses announces: "To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. That is why it is critical that we are all present in our offices." Reses adds: "Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings." The Wall Street Journal picked up on the story beginning with the statement “Jobs may get done when employees work from home, but careers are made in the office.” It goes on to examine the different ways in which...