“Quiet holidays”, the so-called secret short trips combined with remote work, are gaining popularity in different countries. However, according to the British newspaper The Sun, this trend irritates employers.
When going on a short vacation, travelers do not tell their superiors that they are leaving, as they take a laptop with them and just work where it is convenient for them, and after completing working day transform into a full-fledged tourist. The logic of the employee is simple – he performs his functions at work, so there is no need to dedicate about his whereabouts and plans for the weekend to the boss.
For example, one such “remote worker” named Connor from the UK shared his experience of taking secret holidays: door and head straight for dinner or a bar. I try to squeeze my meetings into a single block so that I have more opportunities to do other things.” Following his pattern, the tourist was able to spend long weekends in the Netherlands, Italy and Portugal, all because he was flying covertly.
While these secret trips may seem like a dream come true, there are also pitfalls. “One day I had to run from the beach to join a work conference,” recalled a man who miscalculated the rest time. On another occasion, such a trip brought him into conflict with the HR team because he posted a photo from Madeira (Portugal) on his social media account while the UK was in lockdown due to covid. But this is rather an exception.
In general, most travelers have no problem with secret short-term vacations, but the authorities are outraged by the trend that is gaining popularity after the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps one of the reasons is the suspicion that the employee is lax.
In an article by Skift, Rose De Vore, founder of the tour bus chain, explained why more and more people who perform their functions outside the office prefer this lifestyle. “The reason telecommuting staff feel like they need to take covert trips is because they’re not sure how their company will look at them.” Despite the dissatisfaction of business owners, Rose urged company leaders to embrace the new trend, arguing that short trips not only improve the mental health of their staff, but also allow them to keep staff in the field. However, it is important that the salary is enough for such “quiet holidays” every time.
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