Digital work makes it possible: computer scientists, designers or bloggers no longer have to work at a fixed location. Whether it’s a fancy café or a coworking space: in the big German cities, different forms of work that are independent of the workplace have established themselves. Now it’s the turn of the foreign countries: the word is the trend that connects work and holidays – especially with hot and exotic places like Thailand, Malaysia and South Africa. But how do you succeed?
Workation: work=working and vacation, Working where others go on holiday.
Definition: What is a workation?
In contrast to the already established concept of work and travel, where the holiday trip is financed by odd jobs in different places, people on a workation continue to do their permanent work, but in holiday resorts (dreamlike).
In contrast to the so-called distance work, the connection between work and holidays is in the foreground. Hence the name and term: Workation is composed of the English words “Work” and “Vacation”. Whether freelancer or entire business unit, the aim is to live and work in attractive places for a limited period of time. From a few days to weeks or even months.
What are the reasons for workations?
The workation trend is still new. The market for professional providers remains manageable. Large travel agencies do not yet have coworking under the palm trees in their assortment.
However, there are already a few small providers who, in addition to a secure infrastructure with fast Internet access and well-equipped office space, also offer leisure activities in quiet zones.
However, the target group is still very special. These are usually young people without a family, but with a high level of interest. There are Start-ups and small project groups. We talked with a lady who is running a coworkingspace in Dortmund. She said, that also big companies are renting office places for their employees.
The employees should have a new area, with new people to elicit the creativity. There are also digital nomads, self-employed people or students.
The reasons for a job vary accordingly:
Working on Teambuilding
When colleagues spend their free time together alongside work, they get to know each other better and differently. Working together, living together, cooking – and that for a longer time in a special place – can form a team. Instead of getting involved in experience-oriented educational activities, a job offers a relaxed opportunity to spend everyday life together. This can be particularly useful if, for example, a working group has just met or has to swear by a new task.
When we leave the office, we rarely have free time: shopping, family, tax return – there is always something to do. If there are other needs after work, leisure can create stress instead of relaxation. Just like on holiday, a job helps you get rid of the hardships of everyday life. So Workation offers PURE work and leisure (see next point). This not only promotes one’s own regeneration, but also releases energy and concentration for work.
Even if the word workation begins with work, the holiday part is not neglected. In addition to the phases of intensive work, there should be enough time to give up everyday life in Germany – in dreamlike places. Time for something new and holiday experiences – this is how the tendency to work lives. In addition to self-exploration, professionals often offer a wide range of supporting programmes – from city tours, wellness and cooking to evening programmes with networking, FuckUpNights and, of course, parties.
Work also means downtime from the classic factory of nine to five. This should loosen blocked trains of thought and promote new perspectives. The desk on the airy veranda or by the pool brings a breath of fresh air and probably provides new impulses and ideas.
In addition, an exchange with other guests takes place in the relaxed atmosphere of a spa.