Today, the global population of digital nomads has exploded, with 66% of all digital nomads in the world working across a variety of industries.
As more people choose to work remotely, companies are starting to adapt and create policies that accommodate this new trend.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, discussed the company’s new digital nomad policy, which allows employees to work temporarily in more than 170 countries.
This policy will enable the company to recruit top talent from all over the world. According to Dr. Rochelle Haynes, CEO of Crowd Sourcing Consulting, it’s no different than how companies should approach the average remote worker logging in from home.
Governments are also taking steps to attract digital nomads, with 50 countries currently offering visas for those who want to work remotely. With a report from MBO Partners finding the number of American digital nomads has grown by 131% since 2019, it’s no wonder why countries are jumping at the opportunity to entice these professionals.
“Governments at all levels realize that digital nomads spend more money than short-stay tourists, don’t put much strain on public services, create jobs for locals — and even start local businesses,” the report from MBO Partners read.
At a time when employee engagement is astoundingly low, MBO’s research indicates that 81% of digital nomads are extremely content with their work and lifestyle — in contrast to only 68% of non-digital nomads — suggesting that satisfaction is paramount in producing a motivated and dedicated worker.