Nearly three in five employees plan to work abroad this year, study finds

Nearly three in five workers (57%) plan to extend their holidays to work abroad this year, according to new research from the IWG.

This month’s survey of 1,009 hybrid workers found the majority (88%) of workers plan to work from anywhere this year, while two-thirds (67%) said they can perform their jobs efficiently while working overseas.

Three-quarters (76 percent) said they would be more likely to work for a company that offered frequent flexcations, and 71 percent said they would only consider a new role that gave them the flexibility to work from anywhere at least some of them. time.

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For three-quarters (76%) of workers, improved work-life balance was cited as a benefit of working from anywhere. While just over half (52%) said they had benefited from being able to spend more time with friends and family abroad.

Almost half (47%) said they would benefit from savings by traveling off-peak, and a third (30%) said they would enjoy longer vacations.

Mark Dixon, Founder and Managing Director of IWG, said that for many workers the daily commute is long gone and that cloud technology, with high-speed internet connections, makes it more possible to work from anywhere. .

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“This trend is expected to accelerate further, and we will continue to see more and more companies adopting WFA policies to improve employees’ work-life balance and increase their attractiveness as an employer,” a- he declared.

The vast majority (89%) of respondents said they were more likely to work from anywhere now than they were before the pandemic, with 83% saying the adoption of work hybrid by the companies has made this more feasible.

Zoe Peterkin, marketing manager at Summize, takes advantage of her employer’s work-from-anywhere policy, but noted the cost and practical implications of doing so, pointing out it wouldn’t be as easy to have conversations regularly with colleagues than at home.

“It’s a two-way street with your employer – they will help make your journey a success and provide you with the edge in the first place, you need to be able to maintain your performance and stay on top of tasks” , she said.

Kay Phelps, Founder and Director of PRinHR, decided to work overseas this year after seeing many out of office emails last year. “Even though my laptop is being used this week for Zoom calls, strategic work and emails, I already feel much more rested,” she said. “The key to making this work is trust, commitment and good communication.”

Molly Johnson-Jones, co-founder and managing director of Flexa Careers, said the opportunity to relax in a different environment is beneficial for both performance and well-being, adding that her own team has a policy of “work from anywhere” of 45 days per year, and can add this time to annual leave.

“Since the workplace has no bearing on production, it makes perfect sense that people want to extend their trips and capitalize on the positive energy of the holidays while working,” she said. .

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