In truth, the world is seemingly advancing, and businesses are trying to ensure they can keep their employees without losing them to competitors in the industry. That’s why they’ve adopted a flexible working model to help them make things easier, and since there are remote employees who don’t have to be in a particular location to do their jobs, this has sparked a new trend commonly referred to as “hush trips.”
While you are used to hearing words like “bleisure,” and ” workation,” hush trips seem to be the newest trend going amongst most remote employees. Indeed, you will be intrigued about what it is, and as we move on in the article, we’ll look at the significance of hush trips and how it relates to remote workers and their company culture.
What Hush Trips Are All About
According to a travel trend report by RVshare, 560 employees out of 1000 plan to make hush trips in 2023. Have you ever considered whether there is any similarity between remote employees making hush trips and digital nomads? Digital nomads are known to work and travel simultaneously, right up front. However, hush trips are covert adventures that remote employees embark upon without notifying their employers and still find themselves able to execute their jobs dutifully.
According to Kayla Glanville, the Chief Executive Officer of Upaway, sometimes, hush trips can show a shift of alignment between remote employees and their supervisors. However, hush trips seem just to be a trend among remote employers who want to explore new adventures and cultures, and experience personal development while fulfilling their duties. The emergence of hush trips has caused come chatter in the business world. And while some think that they deserve to be aware of how their remote employees move about, others aren’t concerned.
Can Hush Trips Cause Worries for Companies?
There are times when employees can decide to visit a particular location, and while they may think that all is well, some unexpected situations can occur. That’s why Granville also feels that HR teams in companies should have a set of policies for their remote employees to avoid facing such situations.
According to Amber Clayton, a senior director of the knowledge center operations at the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), hush trips contain legal risks that may harm remote employees.
Some other things that can cause worries for companies are when they move around and are on trains or airports while carrying out their duties on public Wi-Fi. Working on public Wi-Fi can, at times, put them in danger as cyber criminals can attack their databases. And that’s why some owners of businesses feel that having standard operating procedures (SOPs) can help them to avoid facing any sort of issues from their remote workers, as well as ensure that they are in the same vein when it comes to work.
How to Embark on Hush Trips
Now, we aren’t suggesting that you take off on a hush trip, but before deciding to go on one, it’s essential that you carefully make plans and considerations to prevent any unwanted situation.
Below are a few tips.
- Use Good Coworking Spaces
Since you’re moving around on a hush trip, you need to continue working to avoid missing out on business duties. Wherever you may visit, make sure to look for coworking spaces that are convenient and professional enough. Also, in places where there may not be office amenities, ensure the space can contain your improvised work tools to carry out jobs properly.
- Make Plans Ahead
You could find yourself in trouble moving around while not being able to transition smoothly between work and travel. That’s why you need to make plans ahead to avoid dealing with unnecessary risks and challenges. For instance, you should pick locations that have excellent internet connections, and be aware of choosing somewhere that can serve as the right work environment. Always have a Plan B.
- Be in Touch
At times, going on a hush trip may mean visiting tourist centers or just taking a vacation voluntarily. And, it’s easier to lag in the workplace, which means you need to be in touch with colleagues at work to be aware of any issue. You can attend constant meetings through online platforms to be adequately connected and informed about any situation that may happen.
With the rise of flexible remote work becoming a prerequisite for many, the trend of stealthy adventures is likely not going to go anywhere anytime soon. This playful twist on how travel and work can behave in tandem is quite interesting, after all. The more flexible companies can be with their team members, the more they will develop trust and perhaps not even have the need for the “hush” in hush trips.