By Harry Roberts, Managing Director at My Favourite Cottages
Though not a new concept among creative professionals, the idea of the workcation has taken off since the pandemic began last year, with many workers keen to explore new avenues of working.
The rise of remote working has sparked a change in the way we think about work, with workcations the next evolution in working more flexibly.
No longer confined to either the office or the home, workers can now opt to bring their work on holiday – think Zoom meetings by the beach or sifting through emails while looking at rolling hills.
Harry Roberts, Managing Director at My Favourite Cottages has compiled the top reasons why a workcation is just what you need to boost productivity…
Helps avoid distractions
Sometimes distance is all you need to make problems seem smaller.
Whether there is work-drama at the office, or the distractions of home-life have made remote-working more challenging, embarking on a workcation could be the perfect solution to working more productively.
With 83 percent of employees claiming they don’t need to be in an office to be productive, why not take advantage of working remotely and get away from it all by setting up your workspace somewhere a bit different?
Gets you out of a creative rut
With pandemic burnout at an all-time high, it’s unsurprising that lots of people have been struggling to keep up with the demands of work.
If you’ve ever felt stuck in a task, perhaps you’ve stepped away briefly or changed your scenery to help get those creative juices flowing.
The same principle applies to workcations – changing your routine has been shown to increase focus, improve memory and promote creativity.
Changing your environment can change your perspective. According to Forbes, travel and exposure to different environments can change the neural pathways in your brain, meaning you’ll think differently and will come up with unique ideas you may not have thought of otherwise.
With more than a third of UK business managers seeking mental health support in the past year, it’s clear to see the pandemic has brought unprecedented new stressors into the workplace.
Though remote working has brought its own challenges, the major benefit is that employees have been able to explore different work environments to discover what best suits them and their lifestyles. For instance, some have seen success from moving workspaces outdoors to enjoy the benefits of being in nature, while others prefer a closed-off room with no distractions.
According to mental health charity Mind, spending time in nature can improve your mood, reduce feelings of stress and anger, and can help you take time out and feel relaxed.
And not only does integrating with nature have a positive effect on mood, studies have shown that looking at green spaces increases concentration and reduces errors at work.
By booking a workcation, workers can destress and recharge in preparation for the return to the office, without having to pause productivity.
Makes work enjoyable
Who says work can’t be fun? Having fun while working can not only make work tasks more enjoyable but can also improve job performance. Studies have found that having fun at work can boost productivity and even reduce sick days.
A workcation helps merge business and leisure without compromising on work duties while encouraging fun at work.
The greatest benefit of a workcation is you can experience new adventures and travel to dream destinations you’ve always wanted to visit. Plus, you can do all of that without having to sacrifice holiday days and still get paid for your time.
Before you book
Before you take the plunge and embark on your workcation, consider the following:
- Good connection speeds: Remember work needs to come first and if your team can’t contact you, working is not going to be a breeze. Make sure you check first whether there is a strong WiFi connection and signal. If not, are there are local amenities such as WiFi cafes that you could visit?
- Quiet spaces: Having a designated quiet area to work in is essential to staying productive and is particularly important if you’re going to be ‘workcationing’ with your partner or family. Does your accommodation have an extra room you could shut yourself away in if needed?
- Costs: Workcations don’t have to cost the moon, but you should always keep in mind a budget for your trip to make sure you have enough money to experience everything you want to while you’re away. But with remote workers on average saving £44.78 per week, why not treat yourself with some much-needed R and R?