Did you ever imagine you’d be working in the comfort of your own couch in your pajamas every day? When the pandemic hit, millions of workers globally shifted to working from home (including us!).
Remote work was already on the rise prior to the pandemic, yet companies were hesitant to implement remote work policies for various reasons, such as productivity concerns and necessary technology investments. However, COVID-19 has caused a massive shift in the way we work, forcing companies to experiment with work-from-home.
Here’s a look at how COVID-19 is shaping the future of work and how you can take advantage of it by squeezing in some of your bucket list travel plans.
Does work-from-home actually work?
The pandemic has shown that remote work can be successful and offer benefits such as saving time by avoiding commuting and working flexible hours to fit your schedule.
According to a survey from Iometrics, 77% of respondents feel fully productive at home, noting fewer interruptions and distractions. Further, according to a study by Airtasker, remote workers are actually more productive than their in-office counterparts, working 1.4 days more each month and spending 10 minutes less on idle time daily.
Is work-from-home the future of work?
While remote work cannot completely replace in-office work, it is likely that remote work is here to stay, at least in some capacity. Many companies, including Facebook and Twitter, have even announced permanent work-from-home policies.
The pandemic has pushed companies to invest in work-from-home and removed the stigma from remote work, showing that remote work is possible. Still, remote work has its challenges, such as loneliness and collaboration.
The future of work will likely be a hybrid: office work some days and remote work other days. With remote work becoming more common, you can take advantage of some of its benefits - read on to see how!
How can I take advantage of work-from-home?
One of the benefits of work-from-home is that you don’t actually have to work from your home - you can work from anywhere, as long as there’s a reliable internet connection.
Many people are embracing staycations to scratch their travel bug itch and escape their daily routines, booking home rentals or hotels within driving distance. Take advantage of this flexibility to change your scenery - work from a cabin in the woods or a hotel with a rooftop deck.
But how do I travel safely during the pandemic?
Even though we’re still in a pandemic, it’s important to take a break. If you’re looking to travel, there are ways to safely travel during this time. Take precautions to minimize risks, including washing your hands, wearing a mask in public, social distancing, and carrying hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.
Some COVID-19 travel trends we’re seeing include road trips, RVs, and home rentals. Traveling by car or campervan minimizes your exposure and the risk of getting infected. If you’re staying in an Airbnb or hotel, cleaning services are performed prior to your arrival, but you can disinfect surfaces and bring your own sheets and towels, just in case.
You can travel to areas that are less populated and are experiencing low rates of infections; for example, camping or short-term stays in cabins provides the experience of travel while still enabling social distancing.
If you are considering future travel, make sure to review the guidelines from the CDC. We’ve also shared information around travel safety during COVID-19 on flights and hotels so that you can be informed and feel comfortable when you do decide to travel.