James Peters is the Founder, President & Chief Revenue Officer at Global Expansion, a leading Employer of Record (EOR) partner.
Businesses are increasingly looking beyond borders to tap into a global talent pool. Hiring digital nomads presents a unique opportunity to unlock international talent, as these individuals have the flexibility and skills to work from anywhere in the world.
These workers aren't just contractors either. Companies can hire digital nomads for permanent, full-time positions in dozens of countries. For example, Malta offers a one-year visa that individuals can renew for up to three years. So embracing digital nomads as permanent employees, companies can benefit from their unique skill sets and enjoy the advantages of a permanent remote workforce.
While some people may see digital nomads as no more than “laptops at a beach,” they can enable companies to access diverse skill sets, drive innovation and expand their global reach.
3 Benefits Of The Nomadic Workforce
The rise of digital nomads provides organizations with extraordinary opportunities to enhance their workforce. By embracing this talent pool, companies gain the following advantages.
1. Attracting and retaining top talent
Remote work options can make a company more competitive in an industry where skilled workers are in high demand. Being open to digital nomads is a great way to attract top talent, avoid the skills shortage and benefit from a global talent pool. This can also help address one of the top challenges facing organizations: retention. Providing employees with the freedom to determine their work schedules—and locations—enables them to achieve a better work-life balance. This enhanced balance can lead to increased job satisfaction and higher employee retention rates.
2. Saving costs
By hiring remote workers, companies can save on overhead costs like office space and utilities, leading to significant cost savings. If these workers are contractors, then that can reduce expenses on benefits since these non-permanent employees usually aren't eligible for health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off and other benefits.
3. Increasing productivity and skill diversity
Research has proven that remote workers are often more productive than office-based workers. By allowing employees to work from anywhere, companies may see greater results and increased efficiency. Additionally, selecting from a global pool of digital nomads can bring unique skill sets, diverse perspectives and innovative thinking.
How To Successfully Recruit Digital Nomads
There are clear advantages to hiring digital nomads, but how can companies attract and onboard this expanding talent pool? Here are three effective tactics.
1. Make Your Recruitment Process 'Digital Nomad Friendly'
Over the past few years, organizations have adapted their recruitment operations to hire remote workers more effectively. But processes need to be fine-tuned to recruit digital nomads even more successfully. For example, job postings need to showcase the company's willingness to hire digital nomads, including remote-friendly benefits, flexibility and work-life balance. The hiring process must also be customized to the candidate's location and schedule to give the company the best chance at attracting talent.
2. Promote A Culture Of Flexibility
Digital nomads are often independent, adventurous go-getters who live on their own terms. So to entice these employees, companies need to provide the flexibility and trust they crave. Organizations seeking to recruit digital nomads should prioritize asynchronous communication methods and invest in collaboration apps and shared workspace platforms.
3. Assist With Visa And Legal Requirements
The third and most important strategy companies can employ to attract digital nomads is helping them with their visas. The opportunity for a company to go the extra mile and assist with this often lengthy process is an immensely appealing advantage. Organizations can partner with third-party legal services or global immigration experts to ensure they comply with local labor and tax regulations.
Welcome To The Borderless Era
As companies strive for a competitive edge, adopting a recruitment strategy that focuses on digital nomads is a game-changer. By providing remote work options and tapping into a global talent pool, organizations can attract top professionals worldwide, resulting in an advantage over their competitors.
The increased productivity and diverse skill sets that digital nomads offer help drive innovation and propel growth. With the added benefits of cost savings and improved employee retention, unlocking global talent through digital nomads may be the best move for companies looking to thrive in a borderless world.