Can you imagine sitting on the beach or listening to the sound of nature while you are answering calls or emails during working hours?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that this possibility already exists: it’s called workation, and it seems to be here to stay.
The word is a combination of work and vacation, and as its name suggests, describes the idea of being anywhere in the world, working and at the same time enjoying the comforts of the place where you happen to be at that moment.
It sounds utopian, but thanks to the home office boom brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic and technological advances that are becoming more and more widespread around the world, it has become an increasingly popular trend in the tourism industry, to the point that several hotels are being equipped with room offices, spaces designed so that visitors can carry out their activities, have meetings and even concentrate better.
In addition, the possibility of mixing work and holidays has been widely embraced by companies, who are allowing their employees to “workation”, as long as they continue to fulfil their responsibilities in a timely manner, as it brings multiple benefits for the company and, of course, for the workers as well:
- Increased productivity
Employees manage their time better, they are motivated to finish their work, knowing that once they have finished, they will be able to enjoy the activities in their holiday spot.
- A creativity boost
Breaking away from the routine fosters creativity, as the change in working environment helps people to think differently.
- Motivated employees
The flexibility of working from anywhere allows people to perform their jobs better, and giving them this option motivates them to feel more committed to what they do.
- Better work-life balance
Travelling this way with a partner or family is becoming more and more common, as it is a way to stay together and create new memories or experiences.
- Improved mental health
Working from a different place than usual, in contact with nature, means breathing tranquillity, thus decreasing stress levels, with a positive impact on people’s work.
This is yet another example of how the present and the future are creating new ways of working, and how we must continue to evolve to adapt to new changes.