Companies are ramping up their wellness initiatives beyond on-site yoga classes and ergonomic furniture. Now, many are looking to adopt an annual remote work period.
While remote working has become increasingly popular with the workforce, companies are expected to transition to hybrid work policies that combine both in-person and at-home arrangements in the near future.
Although this allows for more wiggle room in schedules, this defeats the perks of a “workcation” that people have come to love in the past year. Workcations allow people to continue working wherever they want, whether it be their homes or the beach.
However, the new annual remote work concept could take over, especially during peak seasons like summer and school holidays.
“Many leading indicator companies — like Spotify, Twitter, Square, Unilever, Atlassian — have said their employees can forever work from home,” said Lynne Cazaly, a workplace specialist and author of “Agile-ish: How to Create a Culture of Agility”.
To make this shift, workers will need to take a few aspects into consideration, including the industry they are in and getting their higher-ups on board.
So how can employees get an annual period for remote work at their place of employment? For starters, don’t hesitate to start inquiring about it now since most companies are still transitioning to post-pandemic work policies.
Additionally, reviewing company policy and speaking with an HR representative can help determine if there are any existing policies that could impact adopting an annual period for remote working.