Blog Title Digital Nomads Changing the Landscape of Remote Tech Talent

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on May 20th, 2024

Blog Title Digital Nomads Changing the Landscape of Remote Tech Talent

Posted by Tilt Recruitment on May 20, 2024

There can be no question that the worldwide lockdowns changed the landscape of how we work. Whereas prior to 2020 we were sitting in offices, often in cubicles, ploughing into our daily tasks, now many in the tech sector, especially, are sitting in their kitchens working remotely and effectively.

Once You See Remote Work You Can’t Unsee It

The reason for this seismic shift to remote work is that up until 2020 few had experienced it or realised the flexibility it offered. All of a sudden there were no travelling costs. You could drop the kids at school and then crack on with the project assigned. It made life easier.

It is a win for the employer as well as the employee in many cases, and it is not uncommon for entire teams to be digital nomads rather than office-based.

Businesses see a reduction in utility costs, and employee morale tends to be higher as they have more independence over their own lives and can fit in the household daily tasks around getting projects done.

The real game-changer from a business point of view is that they can now recruit tech talent from around the world, rather than employees who are an hour’s train ride away. The best and brightest can be employed no matter where they are in the world.

How to Appeal to the Digital Nomad and the New Age of Recruiting

If the concept of digital nomads appeals to you, and why wouldn’t it, the next challenge is how to recruit the top tech talent into your business or organisation. With this in mind, let’s break down the typical digital nomad profile to find solutions.

1.Independence

Digital nomads value independence and are not bound to the traditional 9-5. As such, try and convey that your company is digital nomad friendly. Consider developing policies to this end and keep office days to a minimum.

2.Support

Digital nomads expect the company to provide them with the necessary tools to do the job. Offering good IT equipment and a phone is a good first step to attracting the right people to your organisation. You may want to consider offering a broadband upgrade at least while they work for you.

3.Appealing Projects

Often, the draw for a digital nomad is that the project is interesting, perhaps a little cutting edge or ‘off the wall’. They live differently to those that are more office-based and value the unusual. Some will go for a more appealing project rather than salary.

4.Clear Expectations

As with traditional recruiting, it should be made clear what’s expected of the digital nomad and, conversely, what they can expect from the position. Do it well and this should avoid surprises down the line and bad feeling generated between you and said nomad.

  1. Develop a Pro Digital Nomad Culture

When conducting recruitment drives, emphasise your business is digital nomad friendly. Policies and expectations should be geared towards the new culture fostering a feeling of value and support for employees’ efforts.

Understanding the Working from Anywhere in the World and Often in Luxurious Location Trend is With Us

There are many reasons why digital nomadism has become a trend. Technology has reached a stage where it is possible to work anywhere in the world, even from a cruise ship. It has liberated employees further as now they can balance working and life easier without sacrificing their careers.

Furthermore, in an age where the cost of living is rising exponentially, it allows your savvy digital nomad to work in countries that have lower cost of living while commanding a decent Western World salary. It has given new flexibility to how we live, and in the tech sector especially where companies are often based in expensive cities, a way of living and maintaining a high quality of life. It is very freeing.

How Teams can Accommodate Current Staff Transitioning to the Digital Nomad Culture

If you’re looking to transition your current teams to a more digital nomad focus, it is always a top-down implementation of the necessary cultural shift. As such, you may want to:

1.Discuss the concept

Through open and clear discussions about transitioning to a digital nomad position, it will give your teams time to digest the concept. It also provides a platform for employees to ask questions and have honest discussions about how it will work and what will be involved in the change.

2.Develop policies

It is important that once a more nomadic workplace culture is going to be established, the framework of how it will work is developed and implemented. This should be very clear and easy to understand. Nobody should be reading different pages from the same book.

  1. Provide tools, training, and support

The tools needed for the transition should be provided, together with any training needed. Support should be provided for employees who may find the process stressful.

4.Performance management

A performance management program is important with a transition of this kind. Focus on outcomes rather than hours worked and make expectations clear.

5.Hold regular meetings

Video team meetings are a good idea to promote cohesion and productivity. They work best when everyone is involved in a solution, especially in the tech world.

There can be no doubt that digital nomadism is here to stay. Companies that embrace it tend to thrive. As such, it is worth your time to look into it.

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