WFH can be WFA

No one cares whether you wear slippers or shoes when you work from home. That was part of our 2020 vision. Slowly we are all learning that no one cares whether you work from home, or work from anywhere, as long as your work gets done. I decided to check out the possibilities last week. After eight months confined to our home, The Family and I decided on a few days away. My criterion was good wifi and open spaces; she wanted lovely views and good service. We found a place which satisfied us both, and spent three days away from home. The highway towards Nashik is little used now, and I could finish a meeting on the road. We drove off the highway at Igatpuri, and stopped by the lake behind Bhavali Dam (featured image). I lost connectivity there, but my meeting was over. If we travel while working we’ll have to have maps of mobile coverage (Google, I need this layer on your maps, if you are listening).

Getting away, working in a resort outside towns, was a pleasure. The sight of a red veined darter (Sympetrum fonscolombii) sitting on the car antenna in the morning, relaxed me as I eased into work. The pandemic is not over, but hotels and resorts are adapting to changed circumstances. Open air dining, in-room dining, good wifi, isolation, many places are able to turn these pre-existing facilities to their advantage. Several districts and towns, especially those which have avoided the pandemic, restrict visitors quite strongly. Bhandardara town, our home for the work week, was of this kind, but we were happy to stay in our private cottage high above town and meet only the staff at the resort. Many other people had reasoned like us. The place was full, even though it was the middle of the week. We could wave a distant hello to people in nearby cottages while we sat in the small garden and worked.

Is this part of the future of work? It has been a long time coming, but I believe that this new category of a break, WFA (work from away) is finally here to stay. What else can you call it? Awaycation? Workation?

Author: I. J. Khanewala

I travel on work. When that gets too tiring then I relax by travelling for holidays. The holidays are pretty hectic, so I need to unwind by getting back home. But that means work.

9 thoughts on “WFH can be WFA”

  1. I actually quite enjoy WFH now, although there are a few things that are better done at the office. As we’re entering the rainy season here in Jakarta, I’m grateful that I don’t have to worry finding a taxi to go to work, nor do I have to get partially wet on my way home on foot. Some of my coworkers have been working away from Jakarta — some in their hometowns, others in places they find peaceful. When the pandemic is over, I hope we’ll still be able to retain some aspects of this WFH arrangements.

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  2. Sounds so nice, getting away on a vacation after such a long lockdown. But along with that, will work now start getting into our vacations also? It anyway has entered our homes. I remember my father telling me – leave your work in office and don’t bring it home 🙂 those days are long gone.

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    1. I think it is up to you not to let work invade your life. I have retained work hours and working weeks, as before. Which means i (and people who work with me) have weekends and time for the home. This was not a vacation for me, it was working from a place where I don’t have to do daily chores.

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      1. That sounds so perfectly balanced really, What could be better than being able to enjoy those beautiful places and work together.
        Yes, somewhere my habits also, need a lot more work life discipline.

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