Is remote work making you lonely?
The solution isn’t an office job, though
Welcome to Borderless. Every week, we handpick the best links on digital nomads, remote work and global mobility to help you navigate the quirks of living and working on the internet.
Remote employers are winning the war for talent, hiring twice as many people as full-time office-based companies. The results are far from surprising. Survey after survey finds what we all know to be true: that workers value flexibility just as highly as compensation.
Alicia Adamczyk for Fortune
Remote work can be lonely, but ditching it for an office job isn't necessarily the answer. Loneliness is unique to each person, so figure out what you need to address it in your own work environment. It might be as simple as meeting up with a regular IRL lunch buddy.
Octavia Goredema for Harvard Business Review
Goa, known for its golden beaches and chill vibes, is fast becoming a tech hub thanks to an influx of nomads. Startups have created 31% more jobs in the last two years, but local Goans worry about being priced out of paradise. The global gentrification problem continues.
Sanghamitra Kar P for Rest of World
Portugal potentially just became less friendly to digital nomads, as the country plans to end its foreign tax breaks. Citing an inflated housing market, Portugal’s prime minister António Costa announced the scheme, known as Non-Habitual Resident, will close in 2024. He said it was a “fiscal injustice that is no longer justified”.
Catarina Demony for Reuters
Remote work patterns vary by country, with the US and UK leading the way. Asia has the lowest levels, with South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan working remotely less than three days a month. How and where you work depends on factors like city density, home size, and cultural norms.
The New York Times
Tech workers face a new ethical question: What if your work deepens inequality? The Collective Action School teaches critical thinking about technology's impact on the world. At a time when scandals and layoffs highlight Big Tech's failings, the school feels more relevant than ever.
Patrick Sisson for MIT Technology Review
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