Remote Work Trends: Digital Nomads and Digital Migrants

Digital Migrants

 

After the pandemic, coworking spaces and digital nomads aren’t the only new trends. After the long experiment with remote work, digital migrants are relocating to more affordable centers to work remotely. 

It isn’t a secret anymore that Americans prefer to work remotely after this long experiment at home – according to the 2021 State of Remote Work, almost 98%. One of the top benefits of working from home is the reduction of time spent commuting. 

As remote and hybrid models spread, different workplaces alternative to the office are a new trend. In addition to the proliferation of coworking spaces, there is another shift. Working remotely, most people moved out of expensive cities like San Francisco or New York to more affordable suburbs. 

These digital migrants relocated to more affordable centers to improve their quality of life or benefit from remote work incentives. Cities like Las Vegas or West Virginia launched several tax reductions for remote workers, increasing movements in their local communities during the pandemic. Experts predict this relocation trend to last, pointing out some consequences for the local community: 

  • Possible wealth inequality for local communities and those unable to relocate working remotely.
  • Diminution of support for public transportation as most people decide to work from home.
  • Decreased business for hospitality supported by office workers.

While digital nomads existed before the pandemic, digital migration is one of the most evident manifestations of remote work revolution. With pros and cons, the remote shift is impacting not only working habits. Both companies and employees are finding compromises to keep working from home and schedule physical meetings. 

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