Remote Work on Tour: Part 1 — Setting Off on a Journey of (Self) Discovery

Sophie Wade
3 min readJan 10, 2019

Working in the office is so 2001! Alternative workplaces are rising fast and new creative options for both employees and freelancers add compelling depth, dimension and benefits. Join a multi-month exploration of one employee on his own personal and professional adventure as he travel-works his way through Africa and Europe with a diverse group.

What’s Up With Remote?

Why the explosion of out-of-office solutions? Society’s evolution has been a key driver of more flexible work solutions, while technology developments have enabled efficient interconnectedness and unprecedented mobility. The result is increasing numbers of people choosing off-site locations out of necessity, convenience, or to increase their productivity.

In parallel, businesses’ have greater urgency to respond to accelerated market developments and are increasingly looking to identify and utilize relevant skills wherever the talent is. Employers are supporting new choices that encourage personal development, that add value through the varied experiences of their decentralized workforce.

Do You Work Anywhere?

Whatever your own workforce role is right now — employee or independent contractor — has working from a non-office location already been incorporated into your evolving work habits? Not yet? Are you or your team members investigating new options for your weekly routines? Have you considered all the remote working alternatives now available?

New innovative flexible working options launch a whole new genre of multi-location working possibilities that add intriguing new dimensions. Remote Year is one — which now regularly sends off a group of previously unconnected individuals off around the world to work remotely together for 4 or 12 months. They believe that people are most creative and productive when they are inspired by their surroundings.

Bitten By The Bug

Having myself benefitted enormously from living and working in multiple countries over a couple of decades, I have been very intrigued by these offerings and the impact on participants. Mid-December, I was therefore excited to be introduced to Naum Kaluzhny who was about to leave for the start of a…

Sophie Wade

Workforce Innovator. Speaker. Author-Exec MBA textbk Embracing Progress. Integrating Empathy@Work in: leadership, multigeneration collaboration, remote working