In 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.
I, along with dozens of people I met, thought having the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere would make us feel happier and more motivated at work but we often still felt stuck and unfulfilled.
We were looking for something external to solve our internal dissatisfaction.
Through interviews, focus groups, and surveys I conducted, as well as my HR and Change Management expertise, I identified the key motivators that drive our motivation, fulfilment, and performance – and how to activate each one.
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 individuals take ownership over their own growth and fulfillment, that they can truly thrive during times of change and uncertainty.
Sarah Aviram is an employee engagement consultant and former Fortune 500 HR and Talent Development leader from companies like PepsiCo and Avon. She’s created and delivered leadership development programs, keynote talks, a TEDx talk, and workshops to over 50,000 people at companies like Google, American Express, and Bank of America. She has an MBA in Leadership and Change Management from NYU Stern School of Business, where she’s also a guest lecturer on the topic of managing change and uncertainty. 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.