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Line 21-Tested Tips on Employee Retention (or How to Work with Awesome People for Life!)

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by Kelly Maxwell


At Line 21, we have an incredible staff. Many of us have been together since the ’90s, through the life changes of all kinds that you might expect over 20 years or so. I’ve been asked to write some tips about how we’ve achieved our staff retention. The answer, of course… it’s been a team effort. Although we have different job descriptions and responsibilities, we are all very interdependent, and we try to be fluid and respectful of each other. Here are a few tips from our team.

Hiring

1One way to retain staff is to hire good people to begin with. Hire people that you want to share your life with, and ideally, people that add skills to those you already have on hand, rather than matching them. Then be prepared to evolve their job descriptions.

2Understand what an employee is, what a contractor is, and what an employer’s responsibilities are. Do not attempt to classify an employee as a contractor.

3Offer benefits to employees; a company or group has access to tools like group benefit plans and RRSP plans that make lives more convenient, and these are really worthwhile and valuable to staff. One thing we did that made a big difference for people was to reduce the number of hours worked  that was required to qualify for our benefits plan to include our long-term, part-time staff in our full benefits group.

4Enjoy paying people. Pay quickly. Pay often. Never miss or delay. Pay in a manner that is convenient for staff, like etransfer. Payday is a celebration of your basic contract and is the foundation of trust in an organization. This is super important.

5Make sure everyone takes their vacation time, and do allow people to negotiate extra days off and leave if you can accommodate them at all. Remember that vacation time and vacation pay are separate ideas; both necessary, but if you untie the ideas from each other, it allows more flexibility. For this reason, we pay most people hourly, rather than as salary.

6Holiday parties, birthday recognition, bonuses… do these things!

 

Ongoing

1Understand that nothing stays the same in lives or in business. Times and technology change, and people’s availability changes. If you can keep great people on staff by making changes to their work conditions or calendar, make the changes. Great people are very hard to replace, doing so takes a lot of time, and an employee who has helped to shape the business will stay with you longer.

2Think about how you would like to be treated in any situation. Apply that logic when making decisions. It’s basic, it’s simple, but it’s powerful.

3Do not envision barriers where none have to exist. Instead, try to boil your situation down to establish basic criteria, communicate those as clearly as you can, and allow others to make intelligent decisions that respect those criteria (or challenge the criteria, if they deserve challenging). For instance, we need all our work to be done on time. That is non-negotiable, but if someone prefers to work funky hours to do their work, or if they can figure out how to work remotely, we have no reason to disagree.

4Try to be fluid in your ideas about how a particular goal will be accomplished.  Ask for help from all quarters, and see what people come up with. Try to notice if people are spending energy on making suggestions. Can you put them in a position to make changes? On the flip side, sometimes small projects never seem to gain any traction because some key piece of context is missing. Don’t be too attached to how you think this job will get done. Be prepared to re-assess. Think about what people will need to do the task at hand.

5Do staff the courtesy of not micro-managing them. Everyone has a different work style and a different work pace. Invest them with trust that they will hit the benchmarks that you have agreed on, and if those benchmarks are hit — you have no problems. It can be tricky to ask what people have been up to without appearing to micro-manage their time. Work on having this conversation.

6Look forward to finding out what your staff will create, both inside and outside of your organization. Be genuinely interested in them as people. Encourage staff to have lives and interests outside of your work together.

As a manager, I’ve had a few proud moments that took me by surprise. One memory that stands out for me was when one staff member’s child made a present for another staff member’s child. More recently, one of our staff hired her son, whom we first met as a two-year-old (You know who you are. I won’t name names unless you want me to…). These are huge moments in the life of a company. They are among the moments when, as a business owner, you realize that your company has taken on a life of its own.

Coming Attractions and Highlights (August 2016)

New Releases

 

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There are lots of great Canadian and International film choices at Toronto International Film Festival (September 8–18) and Vancouver International Film Festival (September 29–October 14). Make it your mission to support these two great Canadian festivals! Turn off your computer for just one night and go out and explore the wonderful world of film festivals. Rain or shine!


Summer of DreamsSummer of Dreams
Airs on Hallmark, September 3 at 7pm

Fading pop star Debbie Taylor is on the verge of losing everything – including her freedom – when she runs away to suburban Ohio where she finds her way into teaching music to a talented group of misfit kids. As she lays low and taps into the kids’ talents in an attempt to become relevant again, she begins to realize that fame isn’t everything. Stars Debbie Gibson and Robert Gant.

Bachelorette CanadaThe Bachelorette Canada
Premieres on W Network, September 13 at 9pm

In the Canadian version of this show, bachelorette Jasmine Lorimer tries to find her Mr. Right. Based on the format of the U.S. version of the show, she’ll navigate group and individual dates with 20 male suitors, hoping to find her soulmate… and perhaps her future groom.

Highway Thru HellHighway Thru Hell
Airs on Discovery Channel, September 13 at 10pm

Now in season 5, Jamie Davis and his Heavy Rescue shop face the biggest changes and challenges in his life: downsizing his Alberta operation as a result of the economic downturn and returning to his B.C. mountain base roots.

Two 4 OneTwo 4 One
Airs on Super Channel, September 15 at 12:15 pm

When transgendered Adam helps his baby-crazy ex-girlfriend Miriam artificially inseminate, they wind up in bed together, and they both get pregnant. Now Adam must reconcile his identity and gender with his biological reality, grapple with his feelings for Miriam, and try to figure out what it means to be a man.

Window HorsesWindow Horses
Premieres at TIFF, September 8–18, exact date and time TBA
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a poetry festival in Iran. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians who tell her stories that force her to confront her past, the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her, and the nature of poetry itself. The film is about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious, staying open, and finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.

Koneline: our land beautifulKoneline: Our Land Beautiful
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

In Nettie Wild’s stunning magnum opus, a mining company helicopter hovers above the pristine land of the Tahltan First Nation in northern BC, carrying a huge electric transmission tower, casting patterned shadows. This conflict between man-made geometries and nature’s vortices is at the film’s heart. Marking a tonal departure from her earlier documentaries, Wild creates a balanced profile that’s free of polemics and a feast for the eyes. “Subtle, beautiful and remarkably even-handed.”

Spirit UnforgettableSpirit Unforgettable
Plays at VIFF, September 29–October 14, exact date and time TBA

Director Pete McCormack (Facing Ali, VIFF ’09) brings us the story of John Mann, lead singer of the iconic Vancouver band Spirit of the West, and his struggle with early onset Alzheimers. McCormack has built a compelling and emotionally powerful narrative around archival clips and intimate interviews that reveal Mann, his wife, Jill, and his bandmates to be endlessly engaging and surprisingly candid. This affecting documentary builds to the sort of riveting performance that’s made the band local legends.

John Apple JackJohn Apple Jack
Available on Super Channel on Demand

When John discovers that his sister’s fiance is Jack, his childhood crush, passions ignite, and his life spirals out of control… losing his job, his playboy reputation, and his underwear, all while rushing to the altar to finally confess his love.

A Novel RomanceA Novel Romance
Available on Super Channel on Demand

Liam is a successful novelist who writes under a pseudonym. He meets Sophie, a book critic and they begin a relationship. As a contractual deadline approaches for Liam to reveal his true identity, he must figure out how to tell Sophie the truth or end up losing her forever.

Perfect MatchPerfect Match
Available on Super Channel on Demand

When an engaged couple can’t agree on anything, the mother of the groom hires a wedding planner and an event planner to help put together the wedding of their dreams. The two planners are as different as night and day, but as they too learn to compromise, they discover opposites do indeed attract and can combine to produce incredible results.

Randomly Interesting Things (August ’16 edition)

Randomly Interesting Things

Sharing is caring! We thought we’d show how much we care about all you loyal followers by sharing some randomly interesting things that a few of us have discovered recently.

Left-Right BrainCurious to know if you are more right-brain or left-brain dominant? Take this fun quiz Patricia discovered to find out!

Gluten FreeIf you have a gluten intolerance or celiac disease, you might want to know about this new development that Kelly recently read about.

New York Public LibrarySiri shared a great link to the New York Public Library’s visualization web page, where you can search a huge grid of little thumbnails of thousands of free-for-use images, grouped by year, genre, or colour! Below is one image we found of a “bomb proof” tent from the American Civil War (click to see it full size).

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Google FlightsWhen Steff needs to find a great deal on her next destination, she checks out Google Flights.

Virtual RealityVirtual reality isn’t just for gaming anymore. Michelle uncovered some really cool and unexpected benefits for mental and physical health. For example, apparently VR can be used to treat severe paranoia. People with poor vision are also reporting awesome stuff, and there’s interest in using VR goggles to combat things like lazy eye.

International Animal RescueWhen Rachel needs a dose of cuteness, she goes to International Animal Rescue and watches videos of baby orangutans. You can also watch the orangutan adorableness on Facebook.

August 2016 Recipe: Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Remember savouring tapioca pudding as a kid? This grown-up version will satisfy your nostalgia while pleasing your adult taste buds. Based on this recipe.

Ingredients

3 T minute tapioca (small pearl)
1/4 c sugar of your choice
1 egg lightly beaten
2 3/4 c coconut milk  (you can use a can of coconut milk plus some water to give you the volume and reduce the thickness, or I have found a Thai coconut milk that comes in a litre tetra pack and contains only coconut and water!! No gummy things! I used that full strength.)
1 t vanilla
1 t cinnamon or cardamom (or both)

Directions

In a saucepan, mix  tapioca, sugar, egg, coconut milk.
Let stand for 5 minutes.
Gently bring to a full, rolling boil over medium heat.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla, cinnamon, and/or cardamom.
Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes, until full thickness.

Chocolate Option

Add 2 T cocoa instead of cinnamon and/or cardamom.

Vegan Option

Substitute a flax egg. (1 T flax meal or chia meal with 3 T water = 1 egg substitute.)

Steffani Cameron Goes Full Nomad

Full-Nomad

We’ve got more than one world traveller in our midst! In 2015, Steffani Cameron, one of our caption editors, sold all her belongings and went Full Nomad. In her first 10 months on the road, Croatia, Portugal and its Azores Islands, and Mexico are just some of the stops she’s made. She’s got thoughtful, funny, and absorbing stories about things she’s seen and people she’s met on her journey.
Later this year, she’ll trade Mexican adventures for Eastern Europe! You can follow her on Facebook, too.

Coming Attractions and Highlights (July 2016)

New Releases

I Am JFK Jr.I Am JFK Jr.
Airs on Spike TV August 1 at 9 pm. Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Paints an intimate portrait of the man who was born into the privileged world of Camelot and raised in the world’s spotlight. Not one to rest on his laurels, he became his own man as he worked tirelessly for the underprivileged, the disabled, and many other charitable causes.

Tempest StormTempest Storm
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

Ratchet & ClankRatchet & Clank
Available for download on iTunes, August 2

Ratchet is the last of his kind, a foolhardy “lombax,” and Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. Together, these two unlikely heroes team up to stop a vile alien from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy.

Cowboy UpCowboy Up
Available on Vimeo USA

Enter the dangerous, sometimes wacky world of young cowboys and cowgirls, where kids don’t just grow up — they “cowboy up.” From the ranch to the spotlight at the largest rodeo in the world, teen saddle bronc riders and barrel-racing identical triplets go for broke.

ModraModra
Airs on the Sundance Channel, August 5 at 7:20 am

When Lina gets dumped by her boyfriend right before she leaves for her summer vacation in Europe, she invites another boy along instead. She soon discovers she has nothing in common with her new beau, but her family thinks otherwise.

Chesapeake ShoresChesapeake Shores
Premieres on Hallmark, August 14 at 9 pm

Based on the novels of Sherryl Woods, Chesapeake Shores tells the fictional account of Abby O’Brien, who returns to her hometown of Chesapeake Shores and reflects upon all that she compromised in her life as a New York attorney.

Industrious – The Port of VancouverIndustrious — The Port of Vancouver
Premieres on Knowledge Network, August 1 at 8 pm

The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest and busiest port, with 28 terminals and nearly 35,000 workers, handling hundreds of thousands of vehicle shipments and cruise passengers each year along with millions of cargo containers. The logistics of managing this massive operation are mind-boggling. Industrious goes deep inside to see what it takes to keep the Port and the economy humming.

Peak to Peak: Building the World's Biggest GondolaPeak to Peak: Building the World’s Biggest Gondola
Premieres on Knowledge Network, August 1 at 9 pm

For more than a decade, the owners of Whistler-Blackcomb ski resort dreamed of tying their two mountains together. With the Vancouver 2010 Olympics approaching, there was no better time. Peak to Peak gives us a front-row seat for the race to build the highest, longest, and most technically challenging ski lift in the world.

 

Coming Attractions and Highlights

New Releases

Tempest StormTempest Storm
Screens at The Bloor Cinema, June 29 & 30

The story of Tempest Storm, a world-famous exotic dancer and sex icon. Now 88 years old, she takes us through her rough childhood and early abusive marriages all the way to international stardom, affairs with Elvis and President John F. Kennedy, and the career-crippling backlash over her interracial marriage.

Wedding March
Airs on Lifetime, June 29 at 9pm and July 2 on Hallmark

Original Melrose Place alumni Jack Wagner and Josie Bissett star as Mick and Olivia. After two decades apart, these college sweethearts are reunited when Mick is booked as the singer at Olivia’s wedding to another man.

Murder, She Baked; A Deadly RecipeMurder, She Baked: A Deadly Recipe
Airs on Bravo, June 30 at 9pm

Bakery owner Hannah Swensen just can’t keep her hands out of the batter when murder stirs things up in Lake Eden, Minnesota, leaving the sheriff dead, a deputy accused, and a killer on the loose.

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Spirit Unforgettable
Airs on HBO Canada, July 1 at 8:30pm

The touching story on Spirit of the West frontman John Mann and his battle with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. With the support of his wife, he and his nearly lifelong bandmates decide to give their fans a goodbye, possibly final, performance at Massey Hall.

Garage Sale Mystery: All That GlittersGarage Sale Mystery: All That Glitters
Airs on Bravo, July 1 at 8pm

Consignment store owner Jennifer Shannon gets involved in another mystery when the owner of a self-storage facility turns up murdered just hours after auctioning off an abandoned storage unit full of unique items to Jennifer.

Cheer SquadCheer Squad
Premieres on ABC Spark, July 6 at 9pm ET/ 6pm PT

A docu-reality series about The Great White Sharks, an all-girl World Champion cheerleading team from Cambridge, Ontario. It follows the girls through their intense training schedule and the bonds they form to meet the demands of competition and day-to-day life.

The Thin Blue LineThe Thin Blue Line
Airs on Knowledge Network, July 7 at 9pm

Errol Morris’ infamous, acclaimed documentary dramatically re-enacts the crime scene and investigation of a police officer’s murder in Dallas, Texas in 1976. Randall Adams was wrongly sentenced to death for the murder. Errol Morris’ 1988 documentary exposed the truth of the case, and is credited with overturning Adams’ conviction.

A Time to DanceA Time To Dance
Airs on Hallmark, July 12 at 9pm

Perfect couple and high school sweethearts John and Abby have fallen out of love. As they are about to announce their divorce, their daughter announces that she is engaged. The two agree to wait until after her wedding to make their divorce announcement, but planning for the event might give them one last chance to fall in love all over again.

Binge Watching: The June Hit List

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Here’s what some of us at Line 21 are bingeing on:

1Based on the bestselling books by Diana Gabaldon, Leslie’s latest binge watch is the unique time travel sci-fi series Outlander. The adventure series has WWII nurse Claire Randall transported back in time to 1743. You can watch it on Shomi.

2Carolyn is watching the escapades of handsome Don Draper and the rest of the gang at the Sterling Cooper ad agency in Mad Men. Set during the turbulent ‘60s, this show always manages to deliver a shocker. You can watch it on Netflix.

3If you like British comedies and you have dealt with computer techs, than Siri’s pick, The IT Crowd, must just be your cup of tea. You can watch it on Netflix.

4Dawn likes White Collar, a fun, witty dramedy about an alliance between the FBI and a con man, who might just be conning them too. If you enjoy the cleverness of Suits, you’ll enjoy this one. You can watch it on Netflix.

5In Spotless, a police crime-scene cleaner and his brother with a family secret to hide have an even bigger secret to hide when they are blackmailed into cleaning up crime scenes for one of London’s biggest mob bosses. Patricia is watching it on Netlfix.

6Michelle is watching the Japanese anime show Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (also known as Erased). It’s a dark drama involving time travel, a murder mystery, and how children perceive events vs. how adults do. You can watch it on Crunchyroll.

7Back 1919, Birmingham was terrorized by a gang called Peaky Blinders. They were known for sewing razor blades into their caps and head-butting victims and rival gangs as a means to get what they wanted. Steff has been watching this on Shomi.

8Kelly recommends a binge of BC documentaries! There are always tons to see streaming on Knowledge Network. Here’s a short list to get you started!

A Primer on Line 21’s Unique Office Shorthand

 

Some of us have been doing this captioning job really quite a long time, up to 26 years. Over that time, we’ve developed weird shorthand terminology which we’ve mixed with more accepted film/video and workflow terminology. Some of these things have become common parlance among us, with their origins sometimes forgotten… if you read in between the lines a bit, you’ll get a sense of how we do our jobs around here.

Stripping

An important principle, we feel, for life, is that if something has been done once, there is no sense doing it again. Reformatting text is one of the basics of our workflows, removing information, adding information, reordering columns, swapping terms around… so one of the first things we do when captioning a show is we ask if the client has any kind of script available at all. We then strip the materials we received down to dialogue only. From there, we pull the stripped script into our captioning software and start doing our magic.

Verbatimizing

No matter how good a transcript we receive might be, it will need adjusting to the actual audio. Verbatimizing is a pass through the transcript and media to harmonize the two. You might notice that we have been talking like Dr. Doofenshmirtz for a very long time. Guilty as charged.

Splitting

“Splitting” is the term we use for breaking up dialogue into meaningful segments that will later become captions or subtitles. The goal is to split the words spoken into a line or two at a time, keeping ideas together. We work to avoid leaving words dangling at the end of a line, to avoid splitting infinitives, to reduce suspense for people reading only one title at a time, and to ensure captions neither look silly or confusing. For example, the line “The people of Mars eat lots of cotton candy” would be split like this:

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It would never be split as follows:

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It may seem like a picky detail until… you try to read carelessly split captions or subtitles.

Hamster hunt

Those who were there will remember the actual occasion when this term was coined for a fairly wild and hilarious transcriber mishearing that got revealed during a timing pass. The actual audio was “You camped out overnight?” but the transcriber heard “Your hamster camped out overnight?” For obvious reasons, the phrase passed into infamy pretty much right away. We see a lot of goofed-up homonyms, but the inspired mishearing is an art form of its own… but these things do not belong in captioning, and must be rooted out. And saved in a clippings file.

Timing

“Timing” to us means pulling the script and media into our captioning software, watching and listening at the same time, and assigning timecodes to each caption. This process comes after stripping (and after verbatimizing, if it’s needed). Captions are positioned appropriately depending on the style of captioning the client has chosen, for instance to make it clear who is speaking, to avoid covering supers, credits, or onscreen action. We also synchronize to shot and scene changes to the frame – this gives a much better look. Depending on the mood of your colleagues at the time, we recommend singing while timing. All editors know that musicality is a big part of this job. Sing quietly if that is the preference of your peers.

Verifying

One thing people may not really know about captions is that they require build time to display. When we are verifying, we are making sure that each caption has adequate build and display time. If not, we adjust timecodes discreetly to ensure that all will display as intended. This is a great time to make sure that no characters are bolded, because for reasons dating back to the very origins of captioning in teletext, a bolded caption will flash when displayed. Not a good look.

Reviewing

Once a file has been stripped, verbatimized, split, timed, and verified, we watch the captions as they will be displayed on broadcast, fine-tuning on every level. We think a dedicated, focused, high quality review is 100% essential. Good captioning needs a personal touch, and the shows we work on deserve that respect. At this point, your caption editor is likely also your fan. Even if the film isn’t one’s favourite genre, by this time, all the work that has gone into finishing it is totally apparent. Kudos!

The Art of Combining Work and Travel: Part 2

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Part 2 of a 2-part series. Written by Leslie Foster.


 

Last month, we talked about the idea of combining work and travel, and how you can make that happen. This month, learn about the benefits for you and your company, as well as getting some ideas on where to start!

Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

Sunset Sign at Ao Nang Beach, Thailand

The Benefits of a Workation

Aside from the obvious—you’re out exploring the world, eating fabulous local food, making new friends—there are other benefits to taking some time to travel.

  • A vacation is a stress release for most. It follows that even a vacation where you have to work a bit should help to reduce stress. Less stress leads to fewer sick days.
  • A change of scenery can inspire us, leading to more creative work and better productivity. Who can argue with that?
  • Working remotely from home can be isolating. Working in a cubicle can wear you down. But working poolside, or from a co-working space or from a café (even in your own town!), gives that feeling of being part of the larger world. This is healthy!
Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

Wat Mahathat, Sukhothai, Thailand

How to Be a Successful Remote Worker

There are certain characteristics of someone who can make working away from the office a successful venture.

  • Previous experience working from home is a great place to start. Perhaps propose the idea to your boss of working a few hours from home every week to prove that you can do a great job… and then do a great job! If you can’t be productive at home, the added distractions of a new locale will probably be even more difficult. A certain amount of discipline is required to be successful.
  • Try to schedule your work vacation during a slow time of year. You don’t want to get away and be working overtime, or be leaving someone back home holding the bag.
  • Before you leave, if possible, take on jobs with flexible deadlines. This gives you some wiggle room for last-minute experiences that might arise that you’d hate to pass up… or for traveller sickness from that Thai food stall.
  • If you’re going someplace with dodgy internet, plan ahead to see if there are any co-working spaces. These are becoming very popular in certain locales (think Bali!) and offer everything from 24/7 lightning-fast internet to meeting rooms, private Skype booths, a mailing address and locker, and some even offer workshops! These sorts of places are also great for someone who needs a more structured work environment. I’m happy to work poolside, but that’s not for everyone.
  • Plan to be responsive to your co-workers/clients. You might be nine time zones away from them, but if they need an answer, you better have a plan for getting them one. Some people choose to work at night, others set up alerts if an important email comes through. I chose to check my emails twice, once in the evening and again when I got up, and I scheduled production work for times I didn’t have an activity planned. If I was taking a few days off, I let everyone know I would be unavailable.
Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

Wah Pho Buddhas in Bangkok, Thailand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thialand

The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thialand

Benefits of Being a Nomadic Employee (aka The List to Print Off for Your Boss)

  • By allowing workers to be nomadic, living their dreams, you retain happy workers. Happy workers are more loyal, work harder, and stay longer. Workers that stay longer have more experience and better problem-solving skills, making them more valuable to the organization. It also fosters a tight relationship between staff. They become invested in each other because they’ve known each other for years.
  • As mentioned above, a new location often equals a new outlook and decreased stress, increasing productivity and reducing sick days.
  • Not having to pay for office space for an employee means less overhead for your employer.
  • An employee may opt to have private health insurance, further reducing overhead for the employer.
Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

Gardens By the Bay Light Show in Singapore

There are plenty of jobs for working travellers. Work centring around a computer tends to be the easiest to find and the most lucrative, but don’t dismay if you’re not digitally inclined! I travelled for years with my bartending skills when I was young. Where there’s a will…

Jobs for the Digital Nomad

Animator
Proofreader
Transcriber
Online Translator
Web Designer
Software Developer
Blogger/Vlogger
Internet Researcher
Copywriter
Travel Writer
Photographer
Graphic Designer

 And for the Analogue Nomad

Au Pair
Language Teacher
Musician/Busker
Chef
Tour Guide
Server/Bartender
Hostel Front Desk/Cleaner
House Sitter/Pet Minder
Dance Teacher

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

Monkey Temple in Lopburi, Thailand

With some creativity, the desire to shake things up a bit, and a lust to see the world, taking a workation is not as far-fetched as people might think. Sure, you need the right combination of job and employer, if you’re not independent, but you might be surprised what your boss says if you ask. Perhaps try a short stint to see if it’s for you. Or maybe add on to an already-planned work trip and see how that goes. From experience, I can’t recommend it enough! I had a fantastic time in Southeast Asia and am currently planning workations to Scotland, Italy, and Greece! After that? Anywhere there is internet, I’m game!

My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

My Poolside Office in Ubud, Indonesia

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand

Office in a Café in Lopburi, Thailand


Leslie manages the script and transcription departments with Line 21. She’s been loving her job for 18 years and counting! When she’s not working, she likes to drive fast, dance slow, and she has an insatiable sweet tooth. Leslie love to explore—people, places, food, music. She loves live jazz, road trips, and laughing till her head hurts.

You can find more of Leslie’s travel stories over at www.thebugthatbitme.com! Follow her on Instagram.  See her Staff Profile.