Are Workcations Here to Stay?

Are Workcations Here to Stay?

It is not hard to argue that the pandemic has changed the world of work forever. Government restrictions and a work-life-balance paradigm shift shared by knowledge economy workers the world over have stripped offices down to small skeletal crews or mere semi-functioning shells. On the flipside, remote work has become more commonplace, allowing workers greater freedom with their choice of work environment. Some even take it a notch higher, combining work and leisure in a concept now known as the workcation.

Now with Covid-19 cases falling globally, and the world starting to live with the virus, businesses are regaining a semblance of normalcy. Even so, 38% of Canadian respondents in a KAYAK survey plan to take a workcation in 2022. So are they here to stay?

What Are Workcations?

As you have probably guessed, the term is essentially a portmanteau of “work” and “vacation”. This concept blurs the lines between work and play, allowing remote employees to have the best of both worlds. Before the pandemic, leisure-time add-ons to work trips was a perk among globetrotting executives and entrepreneurs. Bryan Lufkins writing on a BBC website notes that two years into the Covid-19 onslaught, this concept has become more common among workers worldwide. 

Why Workers Love Workcations

The concept of a workcation may sound rather counterintuitive — imagine how hard it is to be productive while you are trying to enjoy a nice holiday. However, the trade-offs do not keep people from going on or planning a work-leisure trip. Here are some reasons why:

  • Improved mental health
    Arguably, vacations help reduce stress. This is especially helpful during the worst days of the pandemic, as people flee restrictive and stressful lockdowns and find better environments to work in. This leads to better mental health, which, in turn, brings the best out of remote workers.
  • Increased creativity
    Working in a new environment is a great way to overcome creative blocks. It opens you up to new sceneries and perspectives, allowing for increased productivity in creative projects.
  • Increased work-life balance
    Workcations allow remote employees to make time for themselves and address their various needs. Leisurely work trips also allow them to spend quality time with their loved ones.
  • Higher employee retention
    It’s not just workers who love workcations, mind you. Employers give plenty of leeway for workcations to be possible, as it helps them keep their employees healthy, loyal and feeling valued.

Are Workcations Here to Stay?

In India, 85% out of the 48% of surveyed workers who worked remotely in 2021 took some form of workcation, according to a recent survey by The Economic Times’ OYO Travelopedia. Meanwhile, in Canada, 38% of respondents in a KAYAK survey plan to take one in 2022. Globally, there are no signs that this trend is going down soon, leading people to speculate that workcations are here to stay. 

For now, it can be easy to say that workcations are not going away at any time in the near future. Workers love such trips, and the proliferation of remote work practically makes these possible. We may all be going back to our offices soon, but that will not keep anyone from going on days that merge work with leisure. 

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