It is undeniable — COVID-19 has changed the workplace in significant and lasting ways. The sudden shift to remote work was expected to be a temporary measure to contain the spread of the virus. However, it did not take long for employers to realize that remote work provided them with significant cost savings associated with a smaller real estate footprint and surprisingly increased employee productivity. Not to mention, the shift from the brick and mortar office building allows employers to expand the geographical reach of their recruiting strategies to tap into a more diverse talent pool. As a result, many employers are considering allowing employees who can work remotely to do so permanently.
At Worknetics, we have always advocated remote work with distributed teams to reap such benefits, and we do see more forward-thinking leaders in modern companies taking that step with the help of digital tools and remote working structure.
How is Singapore like for Remote Working?
Singapore is not a very popular destination for working remotely for non-nations due to the limited landscape for travel and a high cost of living. But for the remote workers who have the budget, Singapore is an excellent destination to work from ultra-fast internet connectivity, numerous co-working spaces, no lack of great food, and a well-connected transportation system.
Some Popular Destinations for Remote Workers in South-East Asia
While Singapore may not be topping this list, there are other parts of South-East Asia that present a much better choice for remote workers and digital nomads. Here are some of the many desirable destinations in the region that are favored by remote workers worldwide:
Koh Phangan, Thailand
Siem Reap, Cambodia
Hoi An, Vietnam
The Good News - Our Growth Plan
With proper planning and scheduling, remote work will help achieve higher levels of creativity and productivity, while enabling better work-life balance and learning opportunities for everyone.
We like to play our part to help make this a reality for companies. Having bridged Singapore and Vietnam over the last few years, we have decided to expand our Employer of Record (EOR) solution to cover Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand in the near future. That's right! You will be able to assemble distributed teams that have full benefits of local employment, working out of these destinations.
We believe the road ahead for us is going to be even more exciting as we bring together talent diversity from around the region for companies around the world. Stay tuned as we update you guys on our expansion progress!