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5 Reasons to be Grateful for a Workation This Week

With the end of the year quickly approaching, more and more people are taking time off from work to be home with their families during the holidays. Offices are quiet while morning and evening rush hour traffic is virtually nonexistent.  Unfortunately, sometimes you may need to work during your scheduled vacation.

Thanks to innovative technology, we can now work from just about anywhere. You are no longer forced to go into the office if you need to complete job-related tasks or even attend meetings.

Here are five reasons why you should be grateful for a workation this week:

1.      Choose your location

Depending on your industry, businesses tend to slow down over the holidays. Instead of going into the office every day just to tend to a few emails, you can work right from home. According to a recent survey by PGi, 37 percent of people use their smartphones, tablets and laptops to stay connected to the office while on vacation.  It doesn’t matter if you are enjoying some extra time at home or you decided to go away with your family, you can still accomplish your work tasks without going into your office.

2.      Use all of your vacation time

For most companies, you have a set amount of time to use your vacation. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. Fifteen percent of people surveyed gave up their vacation time because they didn’t have time to use it. Don’t let your vacation days go to waste. A workation allows you to take your remaining vacation days while completing your work responsibilities.  

3.      Spend time with family and friends

Twenty-three percent of those who were surveyed said their families went on vacations without them. You never want to be left behind—especially during the holidays. Don’t let one meeting keep you from traveling with your family. Online meeting tools like iMeet allow you to join or host meetings from anywhere in the world. You can use your smartphone, tablet or laptop and instantly connect face-to-face with meeting guests.

4.      Time to unwind

Time away from work is important to help an individual rest and reconnect with the world. Employees feel more rejuvenated, rested and closer to their loved ones after returning from a getaway. When they return to work, they are more productive and feel better about their job.

5.      Stay prepared

Work may interfere with your holiday vacation plans. Sometimes you may already be aware of certain responsibilities that will arise and sometimes you will be completely surprised. Remaining prepared will help you calmly handle the situations while still being able to fully enjoy your time off. More than likely, you will have a cell phone or tablet handy anyway, just make sure you are equipped with the right collaboration tools and you can be prepared for anything that may come your way.

Workations are quickly growing in popularity. Although, the thought of working while on vacation may not be ideal, it’s much better than sitting in the office while your vacation days expire. There are numerous tools that allow you to work from anywhere, so why not use them? Sixty-five percent of people have joined virtual meetings from mobile devices during vacation—join them!

Are you interested in more information about workations or the must-have tech, tools and toys you should bring with you on your workation? Be sure to check out PGi and the state-of-the-art products we provide.

About Lorna L.

Originally from Florida, Lorna moved to Atlanta to join the PGi team. In between trying to get used to Atlanta traffic and the crazy weather, she spends her free time playing with her dog, Mylo. Lorna enjoys writing about online collaboration tools and meeting tips.

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