Work for Humankind: Lenovo Invites You to Work From One of Earth’s Most Remote Locations with Smarter Technology

Dec 2, 2021

Research conducted by Lenovo reveals more than two-thirds of Gen Z and Millennial respondents feel it’s important to give back and contribute positively to local communities during a ‘Work from Anywhere’ experience

Work for Humankind is a bold initiative in partnership with Island Conservation and the Robinson Crusoe Island community that calls on volunteers from around the world to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to experience first-hand how to make a long-lasting difference with a remote island community, while working from one of the most remote offices in the world enabled by tech
Powered by Lenovo tech, volunteers will take their hybrid work to the Island and come together through several life-changing restoration projects on Robinson Crusoe Island to help prevent the extinction of endangered species and support the local community on its journey to sustainability
Underpinning this initiative is new research from Lenovo that reveals the growing significance of remote and hybrid work for respondents, spotlighting their increasing desire for flexibility

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announces the launch of Work for Humankind, a bold initiative that calls on volunteers from around the world to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: to make a long-lasting difference while working from one of the most remote places in the world with some of the most advanced, smarter technology. Lenovo is inviting volunteers from across the globe to apply for the opportunity to participate in daily life of this island community.

Work for Humankind’s location – Robinson Crusoe Island, a destination more than 400 miles west of mainland Chile and is one of the most ecologically rich places on the planet. Today, it faces many challenges in our changing world, this includes access to education, healthcare, the impact of habitat degradation, and invasive species. The local community, the international non-profit Island Conservation, and the Chilean Government have initiated a number of community-driven projects over the last decade to address these problems. However, these efforts are often hindered by telecommunications and technology challenges1. Despite this, the island community is committed to protecting their natural and cultural legacy and intends to achieve sustainability through greater independence to meet food and energy needs, and conservation of its natural and cultural heritage.

Work for Humankind will send select volunteers with a range of skills, backgrounds, and specialties to Robinson Crusoe to help prevent the extinction of endangered species and support the local community as it works toward achieving sustainability, all while being able to continue working their current jobs remotely. This will be done through several life-changing restoration projects in partnership with Island Conservation and the local community on Robinson Crusoe Island, including developing much-needed connectivity solutions for the Island’s infrastructure.

Lenovo is creating a cutting-edge technology hub with a range of technology devices, services and solutions from the company’s Intelligent Devices Group, including high-speed internet connectivity, which will help the Island advance its goals – equipping volunteers to do their day jobs remotely while also volunteering to support conservation projects on this haven of wildlife and cultural diversity. Lenovo is committed to leaving a lasting legacy on the Island to support the community’s goals and for the benefits to be felt long after the volunteer project is complete, which includes developing infrastructure to increase internet bandwidth to at least 10Mbps. To this end, a legacy fund will be established to maintain the community hub and support community projects.

Work hybrid like never before

Supporting this initiative is fresh research from Lenovo that reveals the growing significance of remote and hybrid work for Gen Z and Millennials. In addition, the study spotlights an increasing desire for flexibility due to its benefits for individuals and society overall – including saving money, having more time for friends and family, and having a better work-life balance.

The global study, which surveyed more than 15,000 people across 10 different markets, finds just how willing global knowledge workers are – especially the younger workforce – to change their everyday environments and do their day jobs from a remote destination while contributing to the community. A remarkable 70% of Gen Z and Millennial respondents say they would rather work more hours from a great remote location of their choice than go into the office every day.

The data reveals that more than three out of four Gen Z and Millennials feel more productive, creative, and inspired when working remotely. It also shines a light on the younger workforce’s mindset in striving to make a positive difference no matter where they’re working from, as 86% of Gen Z surveyed see the importance of drawing attention to and supporting the local community they’re working from, in areas like environmental and social issues.

Key findings of the study include:

  • Vier von fünf Personen im Alter von 18 bis 40 Jahren sind der Meinung, dass das Arbeiten an einem beliebigen Ort für die Gesellschaft, die Gemeinschaften, die Arbeitgeber und die Arbeitnehmer von Vorteil ist.
  • 61 % halten es für “sehr wichtig”, etwas zurückzugeben und einen positiven Einfluss auf die lokale Gemeinschaft auszuüben (bei der Generation Z sind es 68 % und bei den Millennials 67 %)
  • Fast 80 % der internationalen Befragten sagen, dass “Arbeiten von überall” ihre persönlichen Beziehungen verbessern würde
  • 63 % der Befragten gaben an, dass sie offen dafür sind, von jedem Ort der Welt aus zu arbeiten, während fast zwei Drittel (65 %) bereit sind, mehr Stunden zu arbeiten, wenn dies bedeutet, dass sie dies von einem entfernten Standort aus tun können
  • 91 % der Millennials sagen, dass es sehr wichtig ist, die lokale Wirtschaft zu stimulieren, wenn sie von überall aus arbeiten.
  • 60 % der Befragten glauben, dass die derzeitige Technologie es ihnen ermöglicht hat, flexibler zu arbeiten, ihre Produktivität zu steigern und ihr volles Potenzial auszuschöpfen (67 % der Gen Z und 66 % der Millennials)
  • 77 % der Befragten sind begeistert von neuen, aufkommenden Technologien, die es einfacher machen werden, effektiv von überall aus zu arbeiten.
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