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Monday, January 30, 2023

Workcations Are Not A Thing

As a web writer, I get a lot of advice in my inbox that I don’t want to pursue. Most of the time, this is because the topic has little to do with what The Muse covers.As I type, emails about “Super Bowl and Valentine’s Day hacks” (are they the same hack?), Premiere night paviliona lot of AI bullshit is crowding out relevant referrals and emails from people I actually know.

Every once in a while, something catches my attention, not because it’s a promising pitch or a ridiculous random pitch, but because it makes me realize that a concept or trend is so scary that I want to strip Conceiver’s internet access to it. Most recently, it was a subject line that included the word “workcations.”

A working holiday is said to be when you go on vacation but work there. and no. Just not. We didn’t do that.

What makes remote and hybrid work great is the freedom and flexibility they give you. You’re not tied to an office, so you can get work done from anywhere.And the COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified remote work yes work, for many more productive than working in an office.

So if you go somewhere other than your home and work in a different place than usual, it can still work! We don’t need a new term. This concept is inherently baked into remote work.

Don’t get me wrong – working in a new location can be great. I have done it. I would have done more over the past few years, but I chose “Adopted a Dog During Quarantine” as my millennial pandemic archetype, which somewhat limited me from turning entirely to “digital nomad“Later. But working at my parents’ house or at a friend’s house in another state is still work. I still have the same responsibilities and pressures. The same goes for those working remotely in more exciting places.

Trying to push the term “working holiday” not so subtly suggests that it’s a break in some way. but it is not the truth. Using the word only exacerbates the erosion of the boundaries between our work and personal lives.What stops if you can work anywhere and call it a ‘working holiday’ toxic workplace or manager From expecting it as default? Imagine going to Disney World and sitting in your hotel room staring at your laptop while the rest of you go to the theme park. Or go to a beautiful city you’ve never been to before, only to see a cafe with WiFi that’s also quiet enough for a Zoom meeting.

I’m not just ranting or freaking out here. In a survey of 1,007 Americans, job sage 47% of respondents were found to have taken a “working holiday” at some point Because they can’t take leave. It’s not that they “can’t take time off” because they lack the PTO of the investigation team:

  • 71% will leave PTO on the table in 2022
  • 39% used less than half of their allotted PTO
  • About 20% don’t use PTO at all

So at least some people who take “working holidays” don’t because they’ve taken all the time available. Something about their job or work environment keeps them from feeling fully rested. Even among those who said they were taking “regular vacations” in 2022, 54% did some work during the vacation. Pushing the concept of a “workplace” isn’t going to make things better.

People need time off.even if they work at home。 YOU NEED TIME TO DISCONNECT, RECHARGE, AND LIVE. Not only is this good for your personal life, but also for your professional performance. Research It has been shown that those who regularly use PTO 11 or more days per year are three times more likely to receive raises and promotions.even though American surgeon Making sure you take full paid time off is one of the pillars of a healthy, drug-free work environment (not using all your PTO means you don’t have enough).

remember”quit smoking quietly’? Remember how the phrase, which simply means “do your job well, don’t get ahead of yourself,” suddenly spawned a thousand thought articles and social media about how “lazy and entitled” workers are? Post? (As many have said the quiet exit critics are overreacting or pointing out question for the whole conversation? )

By giving something a name, we give it an identity, and the name itself can affect its identity. Do roses by any other name still smell good? perhaps. But if it had been called Dead Fish Flower, I don’t think it would have been a Valentine’s Day bestseller.

So when you or your employees plan to work remotely from a different location, let’s call it “work!” so the idea of ​​taking a vacation doesn’t get further swayed. When it comes to the term “work leisure,” let’s shut it down now—before busy culture gets hold of it.

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