In December 2018, I was researching the future of work as the Director of Talent Development for a New York-based tech company.
All signs pointed toward a remote and hybrid work world (Covid-19 accelerated that trend by at least a decade).
I wanted to better understand the opportunities and challenges remote workers faced and convinced my former CEO to let me work remotely for 1 year – from around the world.
Two months later, I was one a one-way flight to Lima, Peru.
Over the next year, I lived and worked remotely from 12 countries in 12 months. From co-working spaces in Mexico City and Medellin, to cafes in Kuala Lumpur and Kyoto.
Many remote workers I met thought that having the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere would make them feel happier and more motivated at work.
But then they found themselves working from that beach in Bali still feeling stuck and unfulfilled.
I quickly realized that being able to work from anywhere was only a band aid solution for a much bigger challenge: not being motivated by the work itself.
Through interviews, focus groups, and surveys I conducted with remote workers, as well as my HR expertise, I identified the key motivators that drive the fulfillment of remote workers. This research became the basis of my best-selling book, Remotivation: The Remote Worker’s Ultimate Guide to Life-Changing Fulfillment.
I look forward to sharing my experience and research with your audience and the world, because it’s only once these motivators are activated and managed, that people can truly gain the benefits of a remote and hybrid work life.
Sarah Aviram is a former Fortune 500 Human Resources and Talent Development leader from companies like PepsiCo and Avon. After working remotely from 12 countries in 12 months in 2019, researching the future of work, she published the best-selling book, Remotivation: The Remote Worker’s Ultimate Guide to Life-Changing Fulfillment. She was named one of the top 25 innovators of remote work in 2021 by the leading company in the space, Remote.
Sarah is an international keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for organizations globally on the topics of remote work, hybrid teams, and change resilience. She has created and delivered leadership development programs and processes to over 50,000 people at companies like Google, American Express, Bank of America, and her alma mater, New York University Stern School of Business.