For many of us, next week marks the start of a much-needed break from work. However, the hustle and bustle of traveling to see relatives, cooking for friends and family, wrapping presents and entertaining my young kids all day long feels like a second job on its own. The unfortunate truth is that many employers only offer a few days of vacation during this time, even though the holiday season seems to span much longer.
So imagine if this holiday you engaged in a flexible “workcation” instead? Extend your holiday break (especially for those who are out of town) longer and work remotely, rather than being chained to a desk.
The main idea of a workcation is to spend time with friends and family who you don’t see regularly while still being able to keep up with your office duties. Tools like mobile and desktop video conferencing mean that you don’t have to sacrifice face time with your colleagues when you’re away from the office. Sure, it’d be nice if all employers gave their staff one or two full weeks off during the holidays, but that’s simply not feasible for several businesses. Workcations are a nice compromise between employers who don’t want to miss out on critical days of work and employees who value their work/life balance.
Often I get asked, can you do the same quality of work from home that you can achieve in the office? And I always respond with “Why not?” As long as you have all of your office tools with you, like your laptop, webcam and smartphone, you are well-equipped to do your job from anywhere. If you need to participate in a meeting with a client, video conferencing can make that possible from anywhere in the world with the help of an HD webcam.
Would your company ever consider a workcation? Why or why not? Would enjoy hearing your thoughts in the comment box below.