With the growth of the number of remote workers, the new trend grows rapidly – the “workation”. We’re sure you’ve come across this word before But what “workation” actually is?
In this article we will explain you the concept, discuss its advantages and disadvantages and advise how to make the best out of it!
What is a “workation”? Definition.
The word “workation” comes from connecting two English words – work and vacation. It’s the time you spend away from your regular workplace, connecting work and leisure. The idea is to go to a new destination, use a part of the days for work and the other part for getting to know the new location.
If you can’t go on a vacation at a given moment or you don’t have as many vacation days as you’d like – take work with you! Merge holidays with work and design it in the best way for you.
Why are “workations” getting more popular?
As a society we’ve recently realized that many employees are equally (or more) productive outside the office. We came to understand that the 9-5 working schedule doesn’t work for everyone – research proves that flexible way of working increases productivity, happiness and job satisfaction.
What is more, many jobs don’t need anything except for electricity and good Internet connection – so why would we commute or stay at home every day? Technology offers numerous ways to connect with each other and manage projects anytime, from anywhere – Slack, Asana, Zoom, MS Teams, Skype, to name a few.
For these reasons we became more location-independent and started appreciating the benefits!
How long is a “workation”?
There is no “correct” length of “workation”. You can make it as long or as short as you need. A couple of days, a few weeks, a couple of months, a year – and more! It all depends on your preference. From our experience, the most common choice is from a month up to six months.
Who can take a “workation”?
Anyone whose work can be done remotely!
It is extremely popular among programmers, IT professionals, freelancers, copywriters, graphic designers and all those who work in creative professions and need a change of scenery for inspiration.
Is your work location-independent and you feel this is a good choice for you? Trust your gut!
Benefits of a “workation“
“Workation” can be a win-win for everyone.
You get more time to travel in comparison to regular holidays so you can see the world and earn money at the same time. Due to the change of scenery your motivation and creativity grows. You also stay healthier – after work you will eagerly go out and walk rather than switch on the TV.
For the employer allowing employees to go for “workation” is also beneficial. It increases employee retention – when the staff are happy and healthy they are less likely to quit their jobs. Improved staff retention saves companies money on recruitment and training. It also helps employers find balance between absence and productivity. Employees will not disappear for weeks when they want to travel to an exotic destination but they may take work with them instead.
Disadvantages of a “workation“
While there are many benefits of a “workation”, it also comes with disadvantages. First of all, “workation” is not for everyone and some people call it counterproductive and “oxymoronic”. It is hard to keep work-life balance and stick to the working schedule. You may end-up being at work constantly which is not good for productivity and quality of work.
Visas and taxation can also be an issue if you plan to stay for a longer period of time. Luckily, there are now many countries offering remote work visas.
How to have an efficient, comfortable and fun “workation”?
First of all, choose a destination that you love. Secondly, book accommodation which will allow you to work comfortably. Check our post describing 9 most popular types of holiday accommodation. Make sure it has stable and fast Internet connection and ideally, a dedicated workspace with an ergonomic chair and adjustable desk. That way you will make the most out of both parts – vacation and work.
Check apartments with an ergonomic workspace on tripoffice.com
Also check our 7 easy steps to organize “workation“ and we are sure you will enjoy it!