Millennials make up the bulk of the workforce and have transformed the traditional expectations of the working world. The Internet connects the large post-baby boomer generations all around the world instantaneously – something boomers never knew.
Traditional work ethics frown upon working at home as it’s challenging for management to keep track of productivity. Congested cities with an hour-long commute from the suburbs add another deterrence for the thousands of workers going into the office and opt for remote work.
This old way of thinking is slowly fading into the past as younger generations become CEOs. In an unpredictable, deteriorating economy, the workforce must adapt to the high demands of maintaining a business’s success. Since the 9-5 life isn’t the most ideal, more people’s careers have shifted outside the office and moved to anywhere there’s an Internet connection.
No Office. No Inconvenience.
One of the main purposes of an office is for employees to collaborate with other team members for projects since pre-Internet days meant that people had to: 1) write letters, 2) use a fax machine, 3) tie up phone lines.
Most of these practices have become obsolete since you can contact anyone with an Internet connection in an instant. Messaging and video chat apps keep team members connected 24 hours a day eliminating time and distance issues. The only issue is one of the Internet’s deadly sins, ghosting, but responsible employees who like to keep receiving paychecks avoid doing so.
In most instances, employers find their potential employees within the area of their office. This usually means hiring people who have grown up or lived in the same general area as each other – lacking diverse ways of life. However, with the Internet, employers can find their employees anywhere in the world bringing actual diversity into the team. These different perspectives improve business dynamics.
Freedom to Roam: Working at the Beach
With the option to avoid being chained to a desk for at least 30 years, working people can schedule trips or change scenery every once in a while, whether at a different coffee shop or library.
The Internet even makes the beach a potential office. Imagine soaking up the sun, listening to the waves and seagulls, and sipping on a cold drink during a work day – not too shabby.
This freedom and flexibility eliminate the stresses of every day office life, gives workers room to breathe (literally), and builds trust between employers and employees. There’s no pressure of Big Brother monitoring and proves that without it, projects still get finished.
Trading One Luxury for Another
Digital nomads choose the office-less life because a 9-5 job just isn’t sustainable anymore with constant changes in every industry. Younger generations must cope without health benefits, promised pensions, and permanent jobs. The working world never sleeps and it makes sense for work to be a part of everyday life rather than a stationary, mandatory part.
Right now, a lot more companies offer work from home days for their employees – the best of both worlds!