Increasing numbers of employees are taking ‘hush holidays,’ much to the annoyance of their managers.
Workers are going crazy for the latest trend in business travel, but their managers are getting increasingly frustrated by it.
Most people have heard of “bleisure” holidays, where work and play often overlap, but a new kind of trip is making waves in the office.
Workers who are not physically present at their workplace may take “hush holidays” or “hush trips” without informing their managers.
Because of the convenience of laptop computers, those who take such trips can avoid using their vacation time for sightseeing.
The majority of workers don’t feel the need to notify their superiors of their trip because they are still technically on the clock.
In a recent article for Euronews, a remote worker named Connor described his experience taking quiet getaways.
In an interview with Euronews, he said, “I fly out somewhere on Thursday night and remote work on Friday, which means as soon as it hits 5pm I’m out the door and straight to dinner or a bar.”
To have more time for other pursuits, I try to schedule all of my meetings at once.
Taking a “hush trip” has allowed Connor to spend extended weekends in the Netherlands, Italy, and Portugal.
These covert travels may sound like a dream come true, but they haven’t been without their share of challenges.
He continued, “I remember once having to make a frantic return from the beach to get to a meeting.”
Connor’s hush trip had another incident with HR when he posted an Instagram photo from Madeira while the UK was under a strict lockdown.
Most people don’t mind taking a “hush holiday,” but some employers are getting cranky about the increase in vacation time following the pandemic.
Rose De Vore, founder of The Travel Coach Network, addressed the rise in “secret breaks” in a Skift article.
“Remote workers are feeling the need to take hush trips because they are unsure of how they will be viewed by their company,” she explained.
Rose argued that companies should follow the current trend of encouraging their employees to take more vacations because it is good for the mental health of their employees and helps them keep talented people in the company.
Millions of Britons are planning “bleisure” or “hush trips” for this year, suggesting that the trend toward combined leisure and business travel is here to stay.
Sixty-five percent of the 2,000 people surveyed took a “bleisure” trip last year, meaning they combined work and pleasure by arriving early for leisure or staying late after work was done.
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