The life of a remote worker can be a solitary existence. No consistent location, physically absent coworkers and an independent work routine can start to take its toll over time. This lifestyle might give workers the freedom to explore the world, but it often comes with a sense of loneliness which is often overlooked.
However, while “digital nomads” might seem to be lone wolves, they are part of a quickly growing community popping up all over the globe. On Redditt, r/digitalnomads has over 398K subscribers, acting as a forum where remote workers from around the world come together to trade tips, stories and information on their nomadic lives.
Among the many discussions of the most affordable places to live and the best jobs to facilitate this lifestyle, loneliness and mental health is a major talking point, with many users taking to the group to discuss the isolation they feel and ways to combat it.
A recent article posted in the group titled “The unexpected negative impact being a digital nomad can have on your mental health” by Business Insider highlights how difficult it can be to maintain a routine while living such a sporadic lifestyle.
The article also features insights from Psychologist Carolin Müller, who has been a digital nomad for nearly six years, living in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam since 2018 alone, and advocates that while this life is often fun and exciting, it can be a struggle.
These aforementioned countries are a popular destination for many remote workers, due to the low cost of living and high quality of life, and have attracted large communities of remote workers who come together at local meetups and events.
However, while it is easy to find small communities of remote workers dotted all over South East Asia, and meetups and events designed to bring people together, and offer a sense of community which is often missed by these transient workers, there are less large scale global events focusing specifically on remote working and distributed teams.
These teams work virtually and share responsibility for achieving defined objectives, which are performed by members scattered across different geographical locations. And this new style of work is more prevalent than you might expect. According to one study, 63 percent of companies today have remote workers
However, Running Remote the world’s largest destination conference dedicated to remote working wants to develop the remote working industry, and offer support and advise to business leaders in this sphere. The conference is designed to break down misconceptions about ‘digital nomads’ and instead offer a space where entrepreneurs and CEOs of scaling startups can learn how to implement best practices among their distributed teams. The second edition of Running Remote from June 29-30, will take place in Bali.
But a quick glance at the lush, luxurious 5-star settings and equally as VIP price tag, makes it clear that this conference is not designed for your average flipflop flouting digital nomad, but instead for the real movers and shakers in the distributed team industry.
The event will feature many high profile speakers from the tech and entrepreneurial community, such as Nick Francis, Co-founder & CEO of Help Scout, Mariano Suarez-Battan, CEO of Mural, and Andreas Klinger, Head of Remote at AngelList, to name a few. Across the two days, the event will heavily focus on “Building your remote team” and “Scaling your remote team,” with a day dedicated to each topic.
In a recent interview with The Sociable, Egor Borushko, Co-Founder of Running Remote, stated “With the conference, we are showing a unique place where a lot of remote working professionals have always wanted to go,” says Borushko, adding, “for 99% of attendees, it’s their first time in Bali.”
Borushko adds: “Remote working is the ability to work wherever you want, whenever you want. Essentially, it is planning out your life without losing productivity. You can choose when and where you work, but you’re still working the same amount of hours as you would in an office.”
Modern advancements in technology have helped to create this new wave of remote workers, but with the help of the internet and conferences such as Running Remote, it is possible for this new workforce to stay united, even when they feel divided.
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