Four out of ten employees, who can in principle work from any location, have already had experience with "workation", i.e. working at a holiday resort. This is the result of a representative survey conducted by the management consultancy PwC among 1000 employees.
According to this, 26 percent of those surveyed have already worked from abroad, 16 percent several times. The remaining 58 percent had no "workation" experience whatsoever, according to a PwC study available to the German Press Agency. Half of the male respondents have already worked from abroad one or more times as part of a "workation". For women, the proportion was 33 percent.
"Workation" is an artificial word made up of the English words for work (work) and vacation (vacation). According to PwC, it is a temporary stay abroad in which phases of relaxation alternate with phases of normal professional activity. This term is also often used to refer to work from abroad without a connection to vacation.
Not all have informed their employer
According to the survey, not all of those with workation experience have informed their employer about mobile working abroad. Of them, 14 percent stated that they had not done so.
In the survey, PwC also wanted to know whether it matters to employees when choosing a job that employers offer the possibility of workation. Overall, two-thirds of respondents found this important, the rest did not. The value was higher for those under 40: around 80 percent valued the workation option.
The study also found that four out of ten employees who are generally allowed to use Workation are not aware of the applicable regulations. "The incomplete communication between employers means that the flexible working model is not perceived as an advantage," said PwC Germany Director Daniel Lafrentz. This means that valuable potential for employee loyalty remains unused.