April 5, 2022 – With just under a month to go before innovative work. Place. Culture. remote work conference in Dubrovnik, TCN continues its review of the list of high profile international speakers who will share their wisdom in the pearl of the Adriatic. Next, we chat with Sarah Hawley, who recently founded Growmotely, the world’s first remote job marketplace, placing professionals in long-term, full-time roles at companies they love.
A busy season for the history of digital nomads in Croatia is about to begin. Highlights from last year included the introduction of the Digital Nomad Permit on January 1, 2021, and destinations such as Zagreb and Dubrovnik sparked global interest with award-winning events such as Zagreb Digital Nomad Week and the Dubrovnik Nomads-in-Residence project.
Zagreb and Dubrovnik will continue their efforts to position themselves in the market in 2022, with the Zagreb Digital Nomad Week 2022 due to take place in June, and a press conference before that in Dubrovnik, as previously reported on TCN:Work. Place. Culture.
Work.Place.Culture is the conference that brings work from anywhere to absolutely anywhere. Join remote professionals and destinations around the world as they inspire a global workforce that has greater location flexibility than ever before, and destinations that are reinventing themselves to support them through policies, infrastructure and communities.
Moreover, within the framework of the Work.Place.Culture conference, the Dubrovnik Tourist Board launches its official work program pilot, in collaboration with Saltwater and Sun Gardens Dubrovnik. The winning team will benefit from a one-week stay (between May 1 and May 9, 2022) at the 5-star Sun Gardens Dubrovnik and will have the chance to participate in a specialized workshop – strategic planning, team building, well- being and leadership are among the options available. the all-star team will also be present at the Work. Place. Culture. Conference from May 5 to 7, 2022. Applications are open until Friday, April 15! Click HERE to apply.
Total Croatia News continues to present the elite range for work. Place. Culture., this time with Sarah Haley. Sarah launched the Growmotely platform during the pandemic, with the aim of connecting professionals with their dream jobs at the companies they love, and to date Growmotely has already placed 100 professionals in remote jobs that will help them find the balance they are looking for between travel and professional work. development. Sarah will be one of the ambassadors of the Work.Place.Culture conference and will share all her wisdom regarding the evolution of work culture with the participants.
Just reading the About Us page on your personal website made me smile. You are clearly in a big personal space right now. Tell us about that and the journey to get there.
Ah thank you! I have a wonderful life (full of all the usual ups and downs of being human!) and I would say I created it very intentionally. In 2014, I decided to put all my businesses remotely and move to the United States from Australia. I spent most of the pre-pandemic years traveling for over 8 months and built a great global community. During the pandemic, I met my current husband and had a baby (with the launch of Growmotely!), so there were plenty of very shiny silver linings for me during this time.
Your new project is called Growmotely, which was launched about a year ago. Introduce it and let us know how it goes.
Growmotely is the world’s leading remote job marketplace, placing professionals in long-term, full-time positions at companies they love. We are firmly rooted in culture matching and helping candidates and companies find culture alignment and fit. We’re a community co-creating the future of work together, and it’s been an incredible journey, fueled by passion. We are currently crowdfunding, which is also very exciting to provide our community with deeper ways to participate in building this together, investment starts at just $150.
Interestingly, you say you’ve moved away from traditional advertising in favor of community-generated PR, an interesting move. How it works ?
So well! It took us only three months to grow organically at the same rate we previously had to pay for growth. We are truly proud of our belief in making a tough decision and staying true to our values and integrity. Our community is our top priority, and growing from such a strong core of committed professionals is incredibly rewarding.
The concept of work is clearly changing rapidly. What advice do you have for people who want to explore more, but are a little afraid to take the plunge?
In that case, I promise you…the grass IS greener on the other side! Although it may seem daunting at first to enter the new world of work, you won’t look back. The freedom to build your lifestyle exactly the way you want it, to have the freedom to move and travel, and to work with a globally diverse group of people every day is worth overcoming all the lingering fears!
How many internships have you done so far at Growmotely, and do you have a favorite story?
To date, we’ve placed nearly 100 professionals (not including our own team) in meaningful remote work at companies they love. Just last week, two sisters from Nigeria were placed in (different) companies in the same week! Seeing two women, sisters, who were committed to creating a better life for themselves, going on this journey together and supporting each other was truly powerful, and the fact that both received offers within days felt like timing. divine.
One of your goals is to visit every country in the world. How is it going, and is Croatia already on the list?
I have already visited Croatia, yes! However VERY excited to return. I’m about 60 right now, and the last two years have definitely slowed my pace. I also have a one year old now so he might continue to grow at a slower pace, but life is long and I’m excited to continue on this journey.
And therefore to the Work of Dubrovnik. Place. Culture. conference. Why does this appeal to you, what will you talk about and what do you hope to get out of your stay in Dubrovnik?
I am delighted that Croatia understands the importance of the changes brought about by work and makes such a great effort and intention to welcome people and open this conversation for a more integrated work and life experience. I will share my own experiences, in particular how working remotely paved the way for me towards conscious leadership. I will share with our participants how the culture of work is changing and how to move into a space of more conscious leadership, transforming our organizations into vehicles of transformational healing, growth and evolution for the people we work with.
You obviously follow the global remote work trends. How do you assess Croatia’s efforts so far and what should they do to get things done?
Croatia seems really invested in welcoming nomads and creating a thriving hotspot for global workers to come and experience Croatian life. I’m glad to see how it’s progressing. From our point of view, work is decoupled from the nation-state and in fact becomes more simplified. I hope we can move towards a much simpler regulatory environment for workers and small businesses, allowing individuals to personally organize their own taxes and businesses to simply hire people without having to comply with so much local law.
Sarah’s new book, Conscious Leadership is available now. You can listen to it for FREE on Audible.
If you have not yet registered your team to participate in a luxury job in Dubrovnik, you can do so via this LINK. Applications are until Friday 15!
You can download the full program of the Work.Place.Culture conference in Dubrovnik here.
Work. Place. Culture. is a collaboration between the City of Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Saltwater Nomads and TCN, with the support of Digital Nomad Association Croatia and Dubrovacka Bastina. Zagreb Digital Nomad Week is a partnership between Zagreb Tourist Board, Saltwater Nomads and TCN.
For more on beautiful Dubrovnik, check out the Total Croatia Dubrovnik in a Page guide, in partnership with Sun Gardens Dubrovnik.
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