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Work from anywhere… but what about borders? - with John Lee
Episode 243rd July 2023 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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We’ve seen a dramatic rise in people working from home through the pandemic, but what about our digital nomads and remote workers, and others who wish to explore our world while they work. For organizations that wish to draw from a global talent pool and benefit from the diversity that it inherently brings, you’ll want to stay on the right side of the the law…especially as they are evolving.

Joining me today is the co-founder of Work From Anywhere and remote work compliance specialist, John Lee. Having already launched a startup related to cultural understanding, John now focuses on assisting organizations and individuals in assessing risk and ensuring compliance around remote work. 

Tune in as John shares what individuals and organization must consider when it come to remote work, the demographic shifts that will influence our future - such as the confluence of remote work with global migration and AI - and learn how you can get a quick answer to complex questions about managing risk.

Co-Founder and CEO, John Lee speaks 6 languages and has travelled to 60+ countries. Over the last 20 years he has lived in Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands and Thailand. His previous start-up, CultureMee, an intercultural communication platform, won “Best Travel Technology Product” at the Global Youth Travel Awards in 2018. Prior to CultureMee, John held senior finance roles in FTSE listed CRH Plc. There, he travelled to over 150+ locations over a 10 year period and got to see first hand the challenges of dealing with complex corporate tax, individual tax and employment law across multiple jurisdictions.


00:00:00 Intro

00:05:02 How John came up with the idea for Work From Anywhere 

00:09:50 The evolution of remote work

00:10:50 Digital nomad versus remote worker

00:19:00 Elevated skill set 

00:23:15 Balancing tax rates to attract both organizations and employees

00:28:30 Demographic changes and global migration

00:32:00 Whom does "Work From Anywhere" serve?



Vox Article "The Return to the Office Won't Save the Office"

Laila Von

World Economic Forum article “The next billion workers”

Running Remote Community

International Remote Work: Global Talent Impact, Taxes to Lives

IMAGE CREDITS (see images on Youtube video)

Cascais - credit Elements Envato

Work from Anywhere logo - credit website

Deloitte logo - Wiki Commons

CRH logo - credit website

World map - credit Elements Envato

Ribbon Cutting - credit Elements Envato

Digital Nomad- credit Elements

Map and Passports - credit Elements Envato

Son huggin father - credit Canva

Remote work - credit Canva

American Airlines image - Wiki Commons

Futurist Map - credit Elements Envato

Nick Bloom headshot - credit LinkedIn

Return to office - credit Elements Envato

Kids and dad - credit Elements Envato

John and family - credit John Lee

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Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in sidestepping burnout and cultivating sustainable performance, and inspires leaders to design inclusive performance thereby inviting teams to reach their full potential. As a speaker, Clare mic-drops “thought balms” in keynotes and workshops, whether virtual or in-person. She invites connection through her online community committed to designing sustainable and inclusive performance, the Happy Space Pod. Why? Because everyone deserves a Happy Space.

Believing that productivity is personal, the podcast is produced in a variety of formats so you can enjoy it in the medium you prefer:

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If you prefer to read, please see the transcript below.

Ready to learn more, or want to find out more about coaching with Clare or hiring her for your next engaging event? Contact Clare here.


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And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a Happy Space. 😊


Audio and Video Editing: To Be Reel

Production Assistant: Luis Rodriguez

Song Credit: Cali by WatR. from Pixabay




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