Aah, working from abroad.
It’s a trend that’s showing no signs of slowing down. Whether you’re a freelancer, a digital nomad or part of a hybrid team, the opportunity to work from another country is up there as one of the best hybrid work perks. Where’s my passport?!
But for businesses, there’s a lot to think about. Not only do you need to find tools and processes that work for your team, you’ve also got time zones to consider. Oh, and did we mention the legal hurdles? *gulp*
Doom and gloom aside, there are bountiful benefits to letting your employees work abroad—and many flexible companies are continuing to get it right.
Keen to join the club? Here are five things we’ve learnt about working from abroad over the past year!
It’s still popular…but for different reasons
And we were hardly surprised. After all, the series of national lockdowns and travel restrictions certainly gave us an appetite for it. But it’s the increased flexibility of hybrid working that employees really acquired a taste for—and that’s why ‘work from anywhere’ trends soared.
Fast-forward to 2022, and the consensus is still the same. But there’s a new incentive on the block: easing the cost of living crisis.
A recent study found that more than half of 36 to 44 year olds said they’d work abroad due to cheaper living expenses, and these figures are set to skyrocket as the recession looms.
But for us at Hubble, working abroad doesn’t just give employees more bang for their buck. It’s also a great way for businesses to reduce overhead costs and ‘flex’ the fixed office budget.
Portugal is the #1 country for remote workers
Did you know that Portugal was voted the best country for remote workers?
Yep, a recent survey conducted by travel website Momondo accredited local prices, social life and weather as prime factors for Portugal’s success.
Why? Well, not only is the cost of living cheaper than in many other cities, but it’s also a tax-friendly city for remote workers. The selection of government initiatives means fewer tax complications than in other countries, making it one of the easiest countries to work abroad.
And let’s not forget about the work-life balance. While citizens benefit from law that prohibits employers from contacting their employees after hours, digital nomads can immerse themselves in Portuguese café culture to rewind after work. Espressos don’t end at 5pm there!
‘Work from Anywhere’ policies improve retention
It’s no secret that remote work can send employee retention skyrocketing.
The result? 6% of Spotify’s employees have packed up to work abroad, and there’s been a boost in diversity and headcount growth in their offices worldwide.
For us at Hubble, it’s companies like Spotify that are paving the way for others to implement ‘WFA’ policies and reap the benefits—both on an employee and company level.
Getting the team together is still important
One of the biggest challenges for hybrid companies is keeping the company culture alive. But if you’ve got employees working across different timezones, this is even trickier.
Enter: The Annual Team Retreat.
With more businesses adopting ‘work from anywhere’ policies, the team retreat has become a linchpin of company culture. It’s the one time when everyone gets to bond with colleagues in-person.
So, People Ops pros need to be super deliberate with maintaining company culture. While this came to life with annual team retreats, we also saw an increased focus on better onboarding experiences and more inclusive policies this past year.
…and so are the legal logistics
It’s no surprise that hybrid working brought on a whole load of legal hurdles. So if you’re thinking of giving your employees the freedom to work abroad, ensuring you’re compliant is a top priority.
From managing payrolls to conducting regular risk assessments, there are plenty of logistics to master. Not only will you need to properly equip your team to work from abroad, but you’re also responsible for their health and safety in their workspace—wherever that may be.
While Hubble can help your team access a global network of on-demand workspace, we’re not exactly legal experts. But luckily, we know people who are.
We teamed up with our partners at LegalEdge to help demystify the topic. We welcomed in-house lawyer Nick Pritchett onto the Hubble blog to cover all the legal implications of working abroad, so you’re well covered.
How Hubble can help
At Hubble, we’re on a mission to help every company find their bespoke blend of office and remote work.
For us at Hubble, the latter is a must-have if your team wants to work abroad. Not only will they have access to coworking spaces, private day offices, meeting rooms and event space across 1000+ locations worldwide, but they’ll also be able to work productively while they’re away.
It’s a win-win for everyone!
Keen to learn more about the no-strings-attached Hubble Pass? We’ve put together a quick guide that’ll answer all your questions, including how it works, how much it costs and whether its right for your team.