8 October 2020
Out of office: the benefits of working away from home
Many of us have spent much of this year working from home, and it’s looking like a return to the office may still be a little way off. In fact, for some of us, office-working may be a thing of the past, with some employers now seeing that their team can work just as successfully from the comfort of their own home.
But the rise of working from home has also meant a rise in working away from home, as many people are now choosing to swap their home office for a hotel or self-catering property. And this new trend has more benefits than you might think…
An increase in productivity
If working from home isn’t something that you’re used to or you don’t have the perfect office setup, then it’s likely you’ll suffer from a little cabin fever. Equally, if you’re used to working in an office full of people, then being home alone all day is bound to affect your productivity levels.
A change of scenery can often do the world of good for your wellbeing and, in turn, your productivity. In our opinion, the more dramatic the better, especially if it’s a case of swapping your spare bedroom in a city apartment for a spacious lodge by the coast.
Remote working has meant we can be more flexible when it comes to travel. Gone are the days of counting down to the weekend before heading off on a getaway or booking time off weeks in advance. If your morning consists of firing up a laptop for a Zoom call instead of heading into the office, then why not do it away from home?
This new flexibility means you can embark on a two-week getaway and still work the normal 9 to 5, or take advantage of last minute offers when they arise. The possibilities are endless
The ability to make the most of your time away
Remote working provides a great opportunity to begin your mini break early. Heading up a night earlier than planned can make all the difference, as come 5pm, there are no lengthy journeys, no packing and unpacking suitcases, and no rushing around to ensure you have everything you need. You can simply shut down the computer, turn on ‘do not disturb’, and switch off for a couple of days.
The same goes for extending your getaway. If there’s no need to be in the office to meet with colleagues on a Monday morning, then there’s nothing stopping you from extending your weekend break and staying another night.
The flexible travel trend seems like it will be here to stay – and it’s easy to see why. In fact, this summer, The Times’ Travel Editor, Duncan Craig, traded his home office for one of our luxury lodges at Dylan Coastal Resort. Discover what he and his family got up to in his recent article, Putting in the hours on a Welsh ‘workcation’.