Taking a Workcation: What To Know

By Ashley Paskill on November 5, 2022

With the rise of work-from-home and online classes, many people are getting creative with where they choose to get work done. This often allows for workcations, which are trips where you get to work with a change of scenery from your typical remote work location. While this seems like a fun time, you are still expected to work and do things such as meet deadlines, answer emails, and perform other job duties. There is a lot to know about taking workcations and what is expected.

Basic information

Workcations are trips where you are working from a different location than a traditional office or home office. You do not have to take time off. This means that you still have to work and you will not have as much leisure time as you do during normal vacations. However, there are benefits to taking workcations. Workcations have been shown to help decrease burnout since you are in a location that is different from your usual spot. They allow you to get away and have a change of scenery while still being able to get work done. While workcations can help decrease burnout, they are not a substitute for an actual vacation. If you need time off to reset and recharge, take an actual vacation.

Benefits

If you are working from home, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of taking a workcation. Workcations allow you to travel and explore new places without taking time off of work and cutting into paid time off that you want to use for full vacation time. As mentioned, it helps you decrease burnout and also allows for work-life balance. The change of scenery can help decrease work stress and boost your mood while continuing to stay productive.

Length of workcation

Depending on your current life situation, taking a workcation can be any length of time. This is especially true if you are wanting to move to a new location and you are wanting to test out the location for an extended period of time. You may also be visiting family members for an increased period of time for many reasons, so a workcation can allow you to do this while still getting paid.

Expectations

Even though you are in a vacation setting, you are still expected to fulfill your usual work duties while taking a workcation. You still have to communicate with your coworkers and boss, attend virtual meetings, and meet any deadlines you have. The only difference is that you are in a different place than you normally are. Be sure you respond to emails and instant messages as quickly as possible and acknowledge your boss’ requests when they come in.

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Eliminate distractions

It will be difficult, but since you still have work to get done so you will want to eliminate distractions as much as possible. Avoid scrolling through social media and answering non-work calls and texts. Work in a quiet place to help you increase focus. Work in a place that is conducive for any work calls or meetings you have. If you have friends or family who are with you, set up physical barriers so they know that you are working and give them a schedule of when it is okay for them to talk to you. Avoid having the TV on or loud music playing.

Set up a makeshift office

It may be tempting to work on the beach or by the lake, but it is crucial to have a space with a desk so you can get work done and continue to be productive. Make sure your workcation home has internet access and a table where you can set up an office. Pack everything you need such as your laptop, chargers, pens, notebooks, and any other office supplies you use on a regular basis. Put these items in a place on a table or desk so you have easy access to them. Be sure that you have access to outlets for things that need to be plugged in. Replicate a desk that you would use at home or in an office setting. Again, if you have your space in a place where others are freely moving around, set up a barrier and let them know your work schedule.

Time zones

Depending on where you go, you need to be mindful of time differences across time zones. Know how your workcation location compares to your office location and adjust accordingly. For example, if you live and work in California normally but are taking your workcation in New York City, you will be three hours ahead timewise. This means that if your work schedule is nine to five, you will be working from noon to eight. This may impact things you want to do outside of work hours, so be sure to plan accordingly.

Workcations have many benefits, but there are things you have to consider as well. Being able to balance these can help you be successful if you choose to take a workcation.

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