The world has changed since the COVID-19 pandemic hit in late 2019. We have all been through multiple lockdowns (and who knows - maybe more to come) and we have gotten to know our homes inside out. Thankfully, as the vaccination rate continues to increase worldwide, borders are starting to open again and regulations are slowly becoming more similar to what “normal” used to be.
Many companies have implemented a hybrid model that combines a few days working in the office with a few days working from home. Others remain fully remote for the time being. Both scenarios reveal a great opportunity - working from abroad. Or according to the very current trendy phrasing frequently used: ‘workation’.
Table of Contents:
1. What is a workation?
2. Why are workations such a hype?
3. Who is a workation suitable for?
4. What are the benefits of a workation?
5. What are the disadvantages of a workation?
6. How to pick a workation spot?
A workation, also known as a “workoliday” or “woliday”, is exactly what it sounds like - working while on holiday. But perhaps with more sun, sea, sand and better coffee.
More precisely, it’s working from a holiday spot, which can be both in the country and abroad, combining business with leisure. Having meetings while on the beach. Sending emails while in a cottage up the mountains. Writing a blog overlooking the ocean under wavering palm trees.
As HR Technologist says it: “A workation is a vacation that allows you to work remotely while integrating elements of leisure that let you unwind, relax and be more productive.”
Productivity tools, such as Rodeo, have made it easier for employees to stay on top of work from remote locations. This allows them to remain in close contact with colleagues during work on projects, while enjoying time off before and after work. Slowing down the pace, really helps them escape the rush of everyday life.
With a great number of people working remotely or according to a hybrid model, we are realizing that some people are actually equally (if not more) productive outside the office.
There are plenty of productivity and collaboration tools out there to support remote work. For the roles in which being in an office isn't essential to get the job done, there are plenty of productivity and collaboration tools out there to support remote work.
Giant techs such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon are now offering flexible remote opportunities for a variety of positions -- even post-pandemic.
Plus, the past two years helped us realize that working the regular old 9 to 5 is not for everyone. Having the flexibility to choose when to do your work, knowing when you are the most productive and efficient is key to performing, but also to feeling your best.
Flexible working hours also allow parents and family caregivers — who often have to choose between their careers or staying home — to stay in the workforce and further their careers.
Another benefit of workations is that commuting is no longer an issue to consider. Gone are the hours in crowded trains or being stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic without moving an inch.
There are better ways to utilize your time, and employers know this since studies and surveys have shown that offering flexible ways of working does wonders for productivity, happiness, loyalty, and job satisfaction.
The idea of a workation sounds nice. Imagine sipping pina colada’s on a rooftop while participating in your weekly reporting meeting. However, workations are not for everybody.
They are best suited for those whose job does not get affected by working remotely.
Usually, these are white-collar jobs, data analysts, marketers, content creators, managers, etc. Overall, most office jobs can be done remotely without problems.
Jobs in the hospitality and retail industries or any type of client-facing jobs are obviously not suitable for the concept. In this case, it’s all about being present and face-to-face communication is a must.
We discussed some of them already, but we are not done yet!
Being chained to your desk for 8+ hours straight is not the most pleasant experience, and it’s also not good for your body or mental wellbeing. Existential questions such as “Is the purpose of life to be spending my days in an office?” start to arise. If you’ve been asking yourself things like this, you are right! We sure don’t think so.
Workations give you more time to travel than a regular holiday, so you can see the world and earn money at the same time. That is what digital nomads discovered a long time ago.
It also gives you the opportunity to spend more of your free time on hobbies and activities that you would normally have limited time for. Such as diving, surfing, and hiking for example.
Furthermore, a change of scenery every now and then has a great influence on your mood. Often you will feel recharged and energized by new experiences and surroundings, leading to new creative ideas and ways of thinking.
Some other benefits that are worth mentioning are:
Increase in motivation
Increase in productivity
Increase in efficiency
Increase in creativity
Increase in inspiration
Increase in employee retention
Increase in job satisfaction
Increase in overall wellbeing
Workations are not for everyone. There are people who really thrive in an office environment with a dedicated space they can come to, to get the job done, and leave.
Although you get the chance to meet lots of new people and expand your social network while on a workation, some employees really miss the face-to-face interaction with colleagues. The office coffee corner has a special place in their heart. For some, it even seems like the best ideas come up during casual talks with colleagues around the coffee machine.
Another downside to workations, is that the line between work and leisure might become blurry. Some people realize that it makes them work too hard, to the extent that it feels more stressful compared to working from home.
Something else to consider is that workations can be quite expensive. Depending on the destination, expenses such as travel, accommodation, food, and other living costs can quickly pile on and unexpectedly exceed your initial budget. Consider details such as potential tax implications and potential visa issues too.
Then again, cost-efficiency according to a limited amount of time can be carefully planned out. As we discovered, there are many benefits that can’t be directly measured, that usually outweigh the costs. Such as your wellbeing for example.
There are many things to factor in when choosing a workation spot.
Some of which are:
What is your budget?
Where are you located?
Which part of the world do you want to go to for a workation?
Are you very dependent on being in the same time zone as your colleagues?
Is there a stable internet connection?
Do you need a visa for the country you are going to visit?
Are there any tax implications that you need to take into account?
A workation is an interesting combination of vacation, remote work, and furlough. If you feel like you could benefit from one, find out about your opportunities. The next step is to make a cost-benefit analysis, while thoroughly planning it through. Take every situation into consideration and you will be able to determine whether a workation could work for you.
Before you go, make sure your team has an intuitive project management tool in place so you can stay on top of your projects and collaborate with your team from a distance. Would you like to hear more about how Rodeo can optimize your workation workflows? Plan a free demo or start a free trial today.