Who has not dreamed of being a “digital nomad” and being able to work from anywhere? All you need: a computer and an internet connection (and a rather open-minded boss).
With the advent of GAFA we have experienced a revival in the operation of a company and especially its way of life. For many years, these highly innovative and digital companies have made every effort to satisfy the employee, especially on working conditions. We have seen the development of real campuses with all the services that this implies: nurseries, restaurants, gyms, recreation room, nap rooms, green spaces of all kinds and so on. The idea behind this redevelopment of companies is simple: boost productivity. And what better way to boost your productivity than a productive employee, happy to be at work, who does not count his hours, and who has everything he needs in one place?
But if just today, the employee flourished differently, with other needs? The desire to travel, to be more independent, to have more flexibilities, to have other possibilities than to be in the same place every day between 8am and 7pm?
This is why we hear more and more about remote partial, full remote (teleworking full time) or “Digital Nomad”.
What is a Digital Nomad? Simply someone who only needs two things to work on: a computer and an internet connection. This person can then work from anywhere on the planet.
WHY SET UP THE NOMAD DIGITAL METHOD?
There may be completely different reasons and they can come from either the employee or the employer. On the employee side, the reasons are often related to personal projects, and sometimes life projects. Want to go around the world alone or accompanied, must follow are companion or his companion transferred to another city or country …
On the employer side, the desire to set up this new operation can also come from several reasons, to install a different corporate culture, to allow these employees to realize dreams, to give a new dimension to their company …
But beware, digital nomadism is not a practice to be taken lightly, regardless of the reasons. For Georges, CTO and co-founder of SimpliField, who implemented this method in his company, “it’s a real project, that must be prepared, anticipate and that on both sides, employed as an employer”.
TRUST AS CEMENT OF EXPERIENCE.
For such a method, because we are still talking about sending one or more employees to thousands of kilometers from their place of work in full autonomy, it is necessary to validate the adhesion to the project. Indeed, the idea behind digital nomadism is not to go on vacation but to work. We must therefore have reciprocal trust intact. Everyone must be able to count on each other (employee and employer) and know the limits. Nor is there any question for the employer to be 5 times more behind his employee than usual. It is a relationship that must be healthy and full of confidence.
SET CLEAR AND REALIZABLE OBJECTIVES:
To set up this type of experience, it is also to give a new framework to the employee, to allow them to discover new things so that everyone benefits from this experience, to set clear and achievable objectives in this area. new configuration. What’s the point of being in Bali if you are locked in a cybercafe all day?
ORGANIZE REGULAR TELEPHONE / SKYPE / HANGOUT POINTS:
This may seem compelling at first glance especially on the employee side, but after discussing it with Arnaud, developer at SimpliField, this is a point that has proved extremely important for him: “It’s a link with France, a link with the team, which is both indispensable for the missions, but also in this feeling of belonging to the company. The fear before departure is to be cut off from the team. This point allowed me to stay connected.
We must also anticipate especially when there are significant time differences. For George, it’s bad for a good. Anticipating, so that the person at the other end of the world has the information at the right time and is not stuck while everyone sleeps, brings a certain rigor that can be beneficial for the rest of the world. the team is for the activity.
AND PRODUCTIVITY IN ALL?
The question of concentration and thus productivity is certainly one of the top 3 questions an employer and / or employee asks when we talk about “digital nomad”. This is a point that should not be underestimated. It was one of Arnaud’s fears, but soon he realized that, on the contrary, one becomes aware of the luck one has and the exceptional conditions. The desire to want to produce is therefore intact: “It’s a chance to have a company that offers this kind of methods, and I did not want it to stop, so I wanted to respect my objectives. and do not disappoint. Of course it is a reflection that must come from the employee and we are clear, it is intimately linked to trust.
AND ESPECIALLY DO NOT FORGET … CUT THE CORD:
The “digital nomad” is a real subject that may be suitable for many problems, many people and different jobs. Of course not everyone is made to work on the other side of the world in total autonomy. On the other hand, if this is part of your corporate DNA, if the open-mindedness is a strong value at home and the subject is falling on the table, consider it … well done it can be an incredible experience for everyone.