Is being a nomad the new normal?
IT WAS not all that long ago that working from home was considered the height of flexible job arrangements.
Now there is a new wave of workers who have taken this option a step further.
KPMG demographer Bernard Salt says this growing group of people have been coined the office nomads.
“It’s not someone who wanders aimlessly around the office annoying people,” he says.
“An office nomad is someone who works for an office occasionally and then wanders off to other locations.
“They might work from home or a cafe or an airport lounge. They might be visiting a client’s office or a building site and then they come back to their base to collaborate, to take further instruction, and then they are off again.”
Salt says the gradual trend of people opting for freelance work over permanent jobs has largely been facilitated by the internet.
“The old idea of working nine-to-five is now a 20th century concept,” he says.
“We see value in fitting our work around our lives, rather than our lives around our work.”
While it is a working style that has natural appeal to young, internet-savvy generations, Salt says the office nomad life is best suited to people who have a decent amount of experience in their job and works best for those in the professional and knowledge industries.
“Work in factories is diminishing and knowledge work is rising, so we will see more people pursue this in the future,” he says.
It is also a pivotal part of the start-up culture of entrepreneurs and creative types starting businesses on their own terms.
Salt says a rise in coworking spaces across Sydney in the past few years has added to the appeal of entrepreneurialism as they offer the benefit of a flexible place to work when needed and allow you to interact with like-minded people. For more details: nbn.com.au
Coworking space Creative Fringe, Penrith.