Spain, Italy, and France are top destinations
According to new research, more than half (57%) of workers are planning to extend their holidays this year to work abroad.
The research undertaken by flexible workspace operator, IWG, revealed that 88% of workers plan to work from anywhere – UK or away – this year. Hybrid working has opened up opportunities for employees to work from anywhere, and many companies are responding accordingly. For example, companies such as Airbnb and Spotify have introduced work-from-anywhere policies to provide employees with flexibility when they travel.
The research showed that 67% of workers believe that they can perform their job effectively abroad, and a further 71% agreed that they would only consider a new job if it gave them the flexibility to work from anywhere for at least some of the time.
In terms of the benefits of working from anywhere, the following were cited:
- Improved work-life balance (76%)
- Spend more time with friends and family abroad (52%)
- Saving money by travelling off-peak (47%)
- Being able to enjoy longer holidays (30%)
Eighty-nine percent of office workers surveyed said they’re now more likely to work from anywhere than pre-pandemic. A further 83% believe that businesses’ adopting hybrid working has made this lifestyle possible.
‘Flexcations’ are also a popular perk. Seventy-six percent of respondents said they would be more inclined to work for a company offering frequent ‘flexcations’ as a perk.
The top locations for hybrid overseas workers:
- United States
According to IWG’s office usage data in popular overseas locations for the start of summer:
- Barcelona, Spain, saw a 168% increase in usage from June to July
- Italy saw significant rises for its shared offices in Turin (+412%), Milan (+312%), and Rome (+137%).
- France also recorded growth in its offices in Rennes (+249%), Lille (+155%), and Reims (+147%).
While employees are keen on making the best of the summer months, employers must update policies. Forty-one percent of employees said their employers did not have an official policy in place, and this was preventing them from working from anywhere.
Mark Dixon, IWG Founder and CEO, commented: “For an increasing number of workers, the days of the daily commute are over, now that hybrid working offers the opportunity to work wherever we will be the most productive. And thanks to cloud technology, that can be anywhere in the world, provided there’s a high-quality internet connection available.
“So, it’s no wonder that more and more individuals are embracing the idea of combining work with travel, whether it’s for a few days tacked on to the end of a vacation, or a few months as a digital nomad.
“This trend is set to accelerate further, and we will continue to see more and more companies embracing WFA policies to improve employees’ work-life balance and increase their attractiveness as an employer.”