Work from Anywhere with a Workcation
While the pandemic has opened up the prospect of working remotely, many are exploring working from locations that aren't their own homes, and combining remote work with locations that many would visit on vacation.
A "workcation" is a combination of work and vacation—it's taking a trip while continuing to work online. Working from anywhere has opened the door for remote workers to take advantage of temporary relocations, without draining their PTO.
But there are key considerations to ensure the work part of a "workcation" is successful and productive, writes Jamie Orr in an article from Allwork.Space.
Planning a workcation has a lot of similarities to planning a traditional vacation. However, there are some key components that should be considered to ensure the work portion of the trip is successful and productive.
- COVID-19. When considering any vacation or workcation, you must still consider the risks associated with travelling during a pandemic, writes Orr.
- Transparency. "Even if it’s not necessary to take official time off from work, it’s important to be transparent about your planned travel with your team and management," writes Orr. "Set clear expectations on when you plan to be available for work-related meetings or issues...and if there will be any other planned disruption to your normal work schedule."
- Difference in time zones. Taking a workcation in a different time zone can introduce more complications than it may be worth, explains Orr. Consider the impact it has on your schedule and any disruptions it might introduce should you travel far.
- Work environment. "No workcation is feasible without fast, reliable internet and a proper place to work," explains Orr. "Before selecting your destination, and especially before booking any lodging, make sure that you’ll be able to get work done once you arrive."
- Striking a balance. Perhaps the most difficult factor when considering a workcation is making sure you strike an appropriate balance between work and play. This is where good planning can help you organize your time to make the most of relaxing and working while on a workcation.
With people working from home during this pandemic, this concept has become a much-needed escape and great opportunity to take work on a holiday.