In the Driver’s Seat: How Smart Working Enables Exploration
If you are dissatisfied with your current working arrangements, you’re far from alone.
As it turns out, more than half of British workers are unhappy with their jobs, according to a survey conducted among 1,200 workers in the UK. Results show that 55.6% of people are not satisfied with their current roles — with 38% among them unhappy with their salaries and 30% blaming bad company culture. Another study published on the Business Insider notes that 33% of workers with long commutes are more likely to suffer from depression. The added stress of travelling to and from an office can in turn make other issues faced by workers when they get to the office even worse.
Could Smart Working be the Key?
One solution that has been embraced by employers and workers in and outside of the country is to set up remote working arrangements. The benefits of these arrangements are numerous. Abodoo believe in the practical and social advantages of remote or smart working, such as eliminating the hassles and expenses of daily commuting, and allowing employees to set their own hours. Smart working allows employees to spend more time with loved ones, pursue a hobby, and relax — thereby reducing stress in the long run.
The flexibility of remote working even allows employees to do their jobs in the most unconventional locations. One fascinating example is senior UX designer Chris Lorensson, who has been working remotely in his car since 2003. As long as the weather permits, Lorensson works next to mountains, lakes, and valleys as his “office environment” and tries to move to a few different spots each day for a change of scenery and to gain fresh inspiration. This trend is beginning to grow, as more and more digital nomads have started working from their cars while fulfilling their lifelong dreams of travel and experiencing exciting road trips — all without compromising their sources of income.
Tips for Working in the Great Outdoors
If this is a lifestyle you’d like to take on, it’s important to understand that it doesn’t come without its own challenges. You need to be focused and have the ability to work independently without pressure and constant guidance. Moreover, you’ll also need to prepare the tools and equipment that will enable you to work on the road.
The essentials include device mounts, power sources, a folding chair, and a portable desk. Lorensson offers some helpful tips he’s learned throughout his years of smart working from his car, such as getting a decent phone plan to tether your devices to. It’s also important to make sure your car is in excellent shape, especially since you’ll be spending a lot of time in and around it when working on the road. Maintaining the health of your battery is one important practice, as it’ll be your source of power from time to time. When it comes to your vehicle’s fuel efficiency, Verizon Connect recommends never skipping a maintenance check. That’s because vehicles that receive regular oil, air, and filter changes run better and are more fuel-efficient. And if you’re travelling a lot as a smart worker, then saving money on fuel can make a lot of difference.
Oh, the places you can go…
A few years ago, it seemed so unlikely that anyone with a 9-5 job would be able to travel the world while still making money. But now, thanks to new technology and reliable mobile connections, anyone can use the UK’s most breathtaking destinations as a backdrop while they punch in at work. Perhaps you can travel along the famed A686 from Penrith to Haydon Bridge, or take on the Snake Pass in the Peak District and Cheddar Gorge in the heart of the West Country. Whichever you choose, the open road will be yours to explore while working smart along the way.
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