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6 Thought Provoking Articles on the Remote Work Lifestyle Migration

The Previously Forbidden Fruits of Labor are Tempting

Among my friends and coworkers, the Covid pandemic left the taste of work-from-anywhere in our mouths. And a sweet flavor it is, at least for those who recovered their sense of taste.

Two topics come up nearly every day among my friends and coworkers: changing to a full-time remote-work job and working anywhere for travel. Both friends and previous teammates have taken advantage of switching employers simply to work from home. Some, like me, continue remote work to become full or part-time digital nomads. In all cases the objective is lifestyle improvement.

This shift in employee freedom will have ranging impacts. For example, in vacation planning, I look at how I can extend my vacation by working remotely for a portion of the trip. This allows flexibility on which days to fly, choosing price and availability by leaving mid-week.

My wife and I often discuss relocating somewhere with a lower cost of living, among many other ideas. If anything, the options are many and varied; sell and move, rent our home and travel, buy a vacation rental, or keep our home and take hybrid work-vacation trips are just a few concepts.

Here are a few articles acknowledging and outlining the shift remote work is bringing to the workplace. While it is early days, there are obvious, noticeable changes in play leaving us with something to chew on.

Six Articles to Consider

Post-pandemic seeds of food for thought; remote work and migration
“Work is no longer where you go, but rather what you do from wherever you choose to be.”

The New Geography of Remote Work
Nearly two years into the remote work revolution, it’s easy to feel that a lifetime has passed. However, the reality is we are just at the beginning of seeing the impacts of remote work.

Small Towns Draw Remote Workers for Lifestyle, Affordability
Towns like Quincy, Ill., can be appealing to remote workers for the cheaper cost of living and community aspects of a small town. About 17 percent of workers reported moving away from their workplace since the pandemic’s start.

Two years later, remote work has changed millions of careers
“[M]any workers are deciding to chart their own course. Some have found that they love working from home and never want to step foot in an office again. …”

How the pandemic killed the five-day office work week
Employees are heading back to offices around the U.S., but as old routines like long commutes, train rides and face-to-face meetings are revived, one thing will never be the same — the five-day work week.

How Many Days to Telecommute in Covid’s Waning Days?
How many days will financial services firms require workers to be in the office going forward? The question that HR departments nationwide are mulling over could be significant for talent retention and workforce cohesion.