If I've learned anything over the course of my 20-plus year corporate career, it is that the willingness to take risks and the ability to connect the dots are inextricably intertwined. Playing it safe may have been the way when people stayed at the same company for 30 years, but in an age where the median tenure is less than five years, you have a fairly finite period of time to make enough of an impression to propel your career.For the entirety of my corporate life, I worked in multinational companies with huge global footprints. When I looked at the most successful leaders in my organizations, they all had one thing in common aside from the core competencies required of all senior leaders: They all had experience living and working outside of their country of origin. Sure, there were some leaders who hadn’t, and working abroad wasn’t the only pattern, but I found that it was a pretty key differentiator in businesses that needed leaders who were at the very least bi-culturally competent.
The Clays of Louisville are an old Kentucky family. Not rich, maybe, like the folks who play pool in the Pendennis Club and chew mint leaves on the veranda at Churchill Downs. But the Clays have been there for six generations—ever since their ancestors worked as slaves on the plantation of Cassius Marcellus Clay, who was Lincoln's Minister to Russia. They like the name, and they like Louisville, and they have a red brick house with five rooms, all of them on one floor. It's got wall-to-wall carpeting in every room and a picture painted right on the white plaster wall in the living room.
Do you face the same challenges I do? I am a remote worker. In fact, all of us at Time Doctor are remote workers.The benefits of remote work are numerous. You can pack up and move to Bali for three months. You can schedule appointments throughout the day, and no one will ask why you’re leaving the office early. And you don’t have to feel the stress of a long commute.
But let’s face it, being a remote employee isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. There are some challenges of remote working that you and the organization you work for must overcome in order for you to be successful. In this article, I’ll share with you 10 challenges that I had to overcome in order to succeed as a remote employee at Time Doctor.
There’s an uptick in desire among millennial workers to move abroad for work. It’s no surprise either, as many millennials are perfectly positioned to pick up their life and start fresh in a new city or country.
In 2015, FlexJobs found that 70% of millennials say the desire to travel is a primary reason to work. With a majority of young adults wanting to take on international opportunities, it's common to question if there is enough job supply to meet this demand.
While some millennials are most interested in brief travel stints, others would like to make a permanent change and uproot their life for a new city or country. According to TransferWise, 41% of millennials want to live abroad. While this number may surprise some, it does seem to fit with the demographics of the generation.
In fact, a 2016 Gallup poll found that 59% of millennial's have never been married and 60% of them do not have any children in their home. Candidates that are single with no children are easy to pick up and place anywhere on the map that they are needed. They can be more willing to take on exciting opportunities because they aren’t impacting anyone else by their decision.