WORKING ON HOLIDAY: Could this be you? Two thirds of Brits would work away from home, either in UK or abroad
WORKING ON HOLIDAY: Working from the poolside and Insta-worthy beaches were once the luxury of 20-something ‘digital nomads.’ But now, many Brits are no longer stymied by the traditional 28-day holiday allowance, as ‘Hybrid Holidays’ emerge as the next big wave of change.
Four out of five (81%) working UK adults stated that if they were to work away from home in the UK or abroad, they would likely combine this with a holiday, turning it into a ‘sandwich break’ so that they can maximise time away. Research commissioned by the UK’s first monthly travel subscription service Ultimate Travel Club, and conducted by Savanta, reveals the new “work-cation” trend that will change the way we work and travel going forward.
Almost two-thirds of British workers surveyed (64% - equating to 19 million people) claimed that if their employer allowed, they would consider* working remotely in the UK or abroad for a period of time. When looking at where we would most like to be flying into, Europe topped the list as the number one destination for ‘Hybrid Holidays’ (31%). Whilst most of us want to absorb European culture, alongside meetings, Disneyland, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Las Vegas also made the list as ‘work-cation’ destinations.
The most eager to challenge the traditional office environment are Millennials, with 74% of working 18-34 year olds – compared to 47% of those aged over 55 – wanting to escape the everyday routine in exchange for a combination of culture, exploration and 9 to 5. The daily commute may be a thing of the past, as travel takes precedence.
Interestingly, 72% of working parents with children in secondary school (aged 11-15 years old) would like to work elsewhere in the UK or from a holiday destination for a period of time – a lifestyle that could make the most of school holidays and create long-lasting memories for families.
The research found this ‘work from anywhere’ trend may allow workers to break out of the 1 to 2 weeks of holiday standard and opt for a lengthier trip, as 34% of British workers that would consider working away from home in the UK or abroad, would do so for 3-4 weeks a year.
This new trend is set to become established, with businesses like Ocado declaring that staff can work from abroad for up to one month a year, and many innovative firms – such as Bumble – dispensing of annual leave quotas altogether and trusting team members to take what works for them and the business.
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