The old rule of work was nine to five and a morning commute to the office everyday. The new work day is anywhere and any time. Fast Company contributor Jay Cassano poses an interesting question: “Does The New York Subway Know The 9 To 5 Is Dead?“. New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is having problems planning the train schedule because people have started traveling outside the traditional morning and evening commutes. Ross Perlin, also for Fast Company, takes the discussion further in her article “These Are The New Rules of Work“. The digital era is changing how, when and even where we work – making both employers and employees more flexible, and maybe forever allowing us to bid farewell to rush hour?
In a digital world, we can work from anywhere. Next month will mark the 5th year anniversary of my freelance career. In 2010, when I was still a communications student at Stockholm University, I decided to start my own company and start supporting smaller organizations with social media strategy and management. This was just at the dawn of businesses starting to realize the value of social media. Today, five years later, my experience from the digital field allows me to work with clients from all over the world; while I myself can work physically from anywhere as long as I have a stable Internet connection.
The concept of living as a digital nomad is becoming all the more acceptable and popular – with the Internet erasing country boarders and making it possible for people working in the digital field to have the whole world as their playground. Basically, people can live of their backpack and go work from wherever they please, while supporting their clients online.