Guide for Employers: Remote Working Abroad

How to Manage Risks and Support Employees Working Abroad

Enhance Employee Appeal and Motivation with Workations

Modern & Attractive

Employers offering workations are perceived as more appealing and contemporary. This is a distinct advantage in a competitive job market.

Additional Stimulus

Employees tend to be more relaxed, creative, and maintain productivity during workations.

Increased Loyalty

Employees exhibit greater loyalty towards employers who actively contribute to personal development and foster a pleasant work environment. Workations are a modern tool that can enhance your appeal.

Enhanced Productivity

During a workation, your employees aren't burdened with household chores and are free from everyday distractions.

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The Foundation of Success is Clear Policy

There’s an evident correlation between Workations and corporate policy. What are the expectations of employees, and how does it advance the company? Clarity benefits everyone. Ensure the following aspects are well-documented:

  • Who are workations for and what are the organization’s expectations
  • The maximum duration of a workation and the permitted countries and locations
  • The support you can expect as a workation participant
  • The IT security policy, as well as the approval process

Fortunately, you don’t have to devise this all by yourself. We’ve developed a convenient workation policy template that you can customize.

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Taxes, Social Charges & Insurances

How does it work when employees work in a different country than where your company is located? Which tax rules apply? What about social charges and insurances? The rules vary by country. We’re here to help. You may have tax consultants in your organization, or you could seek advice from a specialized tax advisor.

Reliable Accommodations that Perfectly Align with Your Workation Policy

WorkingfromHammock assists in selecting the best workation destinations and accommodations. This allows you to easily make a selection that aligns seamlessly with your workation policy. Moreover, you can avoid workation spoilers such as poor connections and noise disturbances.

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Frequently Asked Questions by Professionals and Business Owners

We’ve received many questions. Learn from the inquiries other organizations and employees have made. Their questions and our answers.

We’ve put together a list of destinations that are safe and suitable for remote workers. This country list is included in our FREE template remote work policy.

Employer liability does not end at the border. The obligation to ensure a good workplace that complies with occupational health and safety legislation and liability in the event of work-related accidents remains. Some countries even extend employer liability when an employee works remotely from another country. That is why good insurance is crucial for an employer.

We recommend that you contact your insurance company for more detailed information about employer liability and your coverage. If additional insurance is required, you can consider Allianz Business Liability Insurance. This insurance also provides cover for when employees go on workation.

Successfully managing teams that work hybridly or even across time zones requires a new approach. This article provides valuable insights from leading companies on managing global teams, remote work and hybrid work in general.

Workations are generally not considered business travel. Remote workers abroad are often not covered by their employer’s business travel insurance.

Employees do well to take out personal travel insurance. Pay attention to the policy cover and opt for insurance that covers repatriation, medical emergencies and loss of or damage to business equipment.

Employees risk double taxation if they work remotely from a country where the country with which their employer’s country of residence does not have a tax treaty. Even with a tax treaty, employees residing >183 days in another country must pay income tax in that country. For more information, see this article on the tax obligations for employees who temporarily work remotely abroad.

Does an employee need a visa or work permit if he/she works remotely from abroad? This differs per country of destination and per nationality. Remote work during a workation often does not require a work permit, as long as no services are provided to companies in the country of destination.

We are working on a FREE online tool to determine which entry requirements apply, depending on the country of destination and nationality. Please come back in a few weeks.

There is a risk that an employee may inadvertently create a permanent establishment for his employer while working remotely in another country. This risk can be avoided with clear policies. For more information, see our comprehensive guide for HR managers to remote work policies, which includes a FREE remote work abroad policy template to download.

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