Millennial interest in a ‘workcation’ has lifted the concept to buzzword status rivalling bleisure. But, for now, it is too early to tell how much staying power the notion of intentionally working at a remote location will ultimately retain.
- Millennial interest in a ‘workcation’ has lifted the concept to buzzword status rivalling bleisure;
- ‘Workcation’ refers to travelling somewhere with the intent to work remotely for all or part of the time;
- While 39% of Millennials and 28% of Gen Xers are intrigued by the concept only 10% of Americans have taken a workcation and just over half of those stated it was appealing;
- The lure of a workcation could be the result of some Americans not satisfying their wanderlust, the Project Time Off report concluded.
According to Project Time Off’s 2018 State of the American Vacation, only 10% of Americans have taken a workcation – travelling somewhere with the intent to work remotely for all or part of the time. Of those 10% of Americans that have engaged in workcation, 55% stated it was appealing.
Unsurprisingly, the report concludes Millennials, and to a lesser extent Generation X, have a keener interest in the idea of a workcation. Roughly 39% of Millennials have an interest in a workcation and 28% of Gen Xers are intrigued by the concept.
Additionally, the appeal of a workcation is stronger for employees who stay more connected, according to the report. The 10% of Americans that reported taking a workcation during the last year are also more likely than average to say that they check in with work frequently or at least occasionally when they are on vacation.
And for Americans that are not using much of their earned time off, workcations obviously have more appeal, the report stated, with 37% who used little or none of their vacation days stating they found the idea of a workcation appealing, compared to 29% overall.
The lure of a workcation could be the result of some Americans not satisfying their wanderlust, the report concluded. “Where the average employee is taking 17.2 days of vacation, less than half – 47% (just eight days) – is used for travel.”
However, most Americans maintain a high interest in travelling, with 84% indicating using their days off for travel remains important.