Relationship between the Meaning of Work, Work Engagement, and Perceived Employability among Digital Nomads

By Kadri Koor


The master’s thesis aim was to identify the relationships between the meaning of

work, work engagement, and the perceived employability among digital nomads.

Additionally, differences in the meaning of work among digital nomads of different ages

were explored, as well as the perceived employability differences among digital nomads of

various classifications, and and the criteria digital nomads use to select their destination


Data was collected online by the survey in English. The sample consisted of 114

digital nomads around the world. Of the respondents, 53.5% (N = 61) were women and

46.5% (N = 53) were men, with the majority falling into the age groups of 26–35 years

(36.8%, N = 42) and 36–45 years (34.2%, N = 39). The main fields of work were information

technology (28.1%, N = 32) and marketing (24.6%, N = 28). Of the respondents, 53.5% had

a digital nomad lifestyle alone (N = 61), mostly having worked in 1–3 countries (N = 63,

55.3%) and typically staying in one location for 1–3 months (N = 39, 34.2%).

As a result of the master’s thesis, all three hypotheses were confirmed. Positive

correlations were found between the meaning of work, work engagement, and perceived

employability. Additionally, it was found that older individuals perceive their work more

meaningful than younger ones. Digital nomads identified themselves primarily as employed

and worked full-time. Business owner digital nomads perceived job competitiveness the

most. In choosing a destination, digital nomads considered the cost of living, internet

accessibility, and climate the most important factors.

Full dissertation (in Estonian): PDF

Contact: Kadri Koor on LinkedIn

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