Around three in five (57%) workers are planning to work abroad this year with many using this as a way to extend their holidays. Employees are more likely to work from anywhere now than they would have pre-pandemic. This trend is set to accelerate further as more businesses embrace this way of working.
More and more people are looking for employment that provides the flexibility to work from anywhere. Three-quarters of workers will now only consider a job role if it offers ‘work from anywhere’ flexibility. Global companies such as Airbnb and Spotify have begun to introduce these types of policies to allow their employees this type of flexibility when they travel.
We have already waved goodbye to the strict office regime, with hybrid working becoming the working norm. Therefore, the next stage of working from abroad is not surprising. With the help of cloud technology and a high-speed internet connection, it is becoming much more feasible for employees to work from anywhere, even outside of the country!
Whilst there are benefits to employees working from abroad, there can be some implications that employers should consider.
If you are allowing your employees to work from abroad you need to be able to ensure their output is consistent and in line with expectations. Employers can conduct performance reviews to evaluate whether their performance has been impacted by them working abroad or not. Anyone having performance issues will be highlighted through this process.
Health and Safety
As an employer, you are responsible for ensuring your employee is working in a safe environment, no matter where they are working. It may be difficult to check that an employee is working safely, for example in terms of electronic equipment they’re using, seating and posture, working hours, and taking breaks. You need to make sure risk assessments have been conducted.
How employers can implement WFA
You could begin by providing your team with a set number of days where they are allowed to ‘work from anywhere’. You can make it clear that employees are allowed to add this to their annual leave, so if they should wish to, they can extend their holiday and work from abroad.
If you would like to learn more about how oneHR can help you to support with your employees working from abroad, please contact our team here.