Workation – the evolution of work combined with vacation

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By Fiona Mehta

 

The difficulties of 2021 have radically changed the way we think about work and leisure while also introducing new components to the regular workweek. The concept of a workation is essentially what the word signifies in its literal sense: working + vacation. If you’ve been doing all of your work from home for the past several months, a change of scenery can be much appreciated. For a few days, get away from the routine of your home office to reset your perspective. A change in environment can significantly alter your perspective on the workplace and increase your motivation. Although working while on vacation has historically been discouraged since it was seen to blur the boundaries between work and play, the idea now appears like an appealing one.

The novel concept of a vacation that combines work and leisure is called a “workation.” Due to the fact that many individuals are working from home during the pandemic, this idea has developed into a much-needed getaway and a fantastic chance to take work on vacation. Perhaps a city break in London will do given the increased travel restrictions in the modern world? Experience city life while staying at The Wesley Hotel, which offers many meeting spaces, excellent dining options, and comfortable rooms. What more could you ask for?

Workations are becoming more and more common in businesses in the US and Europe, according to research. The evolution of collaboration and office productivity tools has made it simpler for employees to manage tasks from remote places while taking a vacation from the stresses of everyday life. In a study, remote working boosted employee productivity. Productivity increased due to flexible working hours, fewer distractions associated with in-office work routines, and less time commuting. These are the same perks that increase the popularity of working while on vacation.

The fact that numerous tools and platforms, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, encourage communication and collaboration among remote workers is what makes taking a workation possible.

 

Advantages of a workation

There are numerous advantages of having a workation:

  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Lower employee turnover
  • Increased employee productivity
  • Improved employee morale
  • Better well-being
  • Reduced burnout
  • Higher quality of work from employees

 

Challenges of a workation

Not every employee is going to love going on a workation. Here’s why:

  • Some employees prefer their office setting
  • Time spent on leisure activities may come at the expense of work
  • Working during a vacation disrupts the idea of work-life balance
  • Workations can be expensive

 

Tips for making workations work

Now, it goes without saying that you’ll need to make your workation – work. So here’s some tips to help:

  • Plan your time carefully
  • Switch off when you’re not working
  • Do away with distractions when you are working
  • Organise your workspace
  • Bring all the right tools
  • Think about timezones
  • Make sure you’ve got good WiFi
  • Have fun – otherwise, what’s the point?

Workations straddle a strange line between holiday, remote work, and sabbaticals. If you’ve got the option to take one, put some thought into it before jetting off – and always plan ahead.

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