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Remote work is the new normal. Not long ago, the share of the workforce working remotely was very low. The pandemic changed things; there was no choice. Change is often hard. In fact, we are already seeing the negative impact of the shift to working from home caused by the pandemic. According to the World Economic Forum, "people who work from home face mental health and well-being issues, such as the pressures of childcare and digital connectivity."

Change can also be very rewarding. Working remotely brings opportunities. One of them is the freedom to choose where to work from: why should I stay within my four walls when I could explore a different lifestyle? This is one of the questions asked by many curious nature lovers in pursuit of more wholesome environments.

Here are five key benefits why you should consider telecommuting from a village:

  • Less Netflix and more Selffix: Netflix (to take the example of the leading virtual entertainment platform) went from 167 million users in December 2019 to 204 million in December 2020. And with that, 37 million people went from living their lives to living the lives of on-screen characters. Rooral alumni all agree that they consumed much less Netflix at the village than at home.. Why? Because you'd rather enjoy the nature you're surrounded by, do yoga whilst watching the sunset, or spend time with like-minded people you meet through the community.

  • Less Zoom and more physical presence: With the overnightarrival of teleworking, we saw an abrupt shift from face-to face to virtual meetings.. This led to what has come to be known as as Zoom fatigue, a feeling of exhaustion and lack of energy after a day of digital meetings. Not only is Zoom used at work, but personal relationships also went virtual. At the village, Zoom fatigue is reduced because the environment changes and with it also your priorities: nature and vermouth hour are so close-by , that it is easier to say "enough zoom (at least for today)".

  • Less commuting and more balance: Working from home has been shown to create stress since it is difficult to separate your work from your personal life and you are limited by the same space every day.. As a result, you end up working more than you did when you went to the office. If you are one of those who chooses a coworking space for a change of scenery and to see people, you know the economic and time costs. At the villages, distances are reduced and your coworking space is just around the corner. This saves time and reduces stress.

  • Less noise pollution and more sleep: Bars, shouting, waste lorries . Noise is so integrated in our city life that we no longer realize its negative impact. The WHO explains that noise "is a major risk to both mental and physical health and well-being". Sleep is key and "both the brain and the body's metabolic processes require seven to eight hours of sleep to readjust." lack of or bad sleep lead to the appearance of , physical and psychological symptoms r, such as increased heart rate, anxiety or irritability. In the village, the decibels drop considerably allowing a good dose of sleep and bringing consistent improvements to our well-being. But don't expect absolute silence: some rooster or bird will crow :-)

  • Less pills and more focus, productivity and creativity: Numerous scientific studies show that being in contact with nature increases our well-being and health. "People are irremediably linked to nature and this contact is essential for a full psychological and physical development" (Edward O. Wilson). Whether by observing it, breathing it or walking it, nature heals our head and body, improves our memory, increases our attention and boosts our concentration. In the village, nature becomes your next door neighbour, so rural workers see a jump in their motivation, productivity and well-being.

Remote workers help locals plant a native bean at risk of extinction.


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