Workcations: the home office revisited

Posted on April 6, 2021

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Posted By Tracey McBride
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Tracey McBride // Tourism Prince George

Close your eyes and think about the home office!

For the lucky ones, it could be a spare room they converted to a work space with a desk, and a door that closes. But the alternatives? Perhaps the dining room table is doing double duty as a desk. Or you have to spread out on the couch. Maybe it’s a portable table set up in the basement. Then there are the distractions. The kids not understanding that you are actually working and it can’t be play time all day. The dogs losing their minds when a courier stops by with the latest delivery from your online shopping. Your partner also working from home, both of you juggling online meetings. For all of the perks and benefits of working from home (it does have the best, most traffic-free, commute ever!), it’s not perfect. But just because the office is closed — or perhaps your company is among the enlightened and is moving to full work-from-home model or a hybrid model that splits between time in the office and time at home — it doesn’t mean that working from home has to mean actually working from home. In reality, working from home is the flexibility to work anywhere you can get an Internet connection and the privacy you need to get your job done.

You can find exactly that — and more — setting up a temporary work space in a hotel room.

Like the office; but not the office.

Every hotel has good Internet and the peace and quiet you need to buckle down to your daily to-do list. There will be no interruptions from curious kids, no delivery people ringing the doorbell, no dogs barking at leaves blowing on the wind, no cats crawling on to your keyboard.

Perfect set up and safe.

The accommodation sector has done an incredible job in terms of developing safe hosting and operating practices during COVID to ensure the utmost safety of their guests. Many have the designated Safe Travels stamp in which they certified that they have a COVID safety plan for their sector and are in full compliance with it. Hotel rooms come equipped with desks and a comfortable office-style chair. Most have Wi-Fi and some still offer both Wi-Fi and a hardwire ethernet connection. There is a TV if you need to have the news on or follow the markets — or even to act as a second computer screen.

Do not disturb.

Unlike being at home where anyone can barge in on your teleconference at any time without any warning, hotels have a beautiful tool you can use – the Do Not Disturb sign to hang on your door. When that is displayed, you won’t be interrupted by anything, and can confidently get your work done without pause.

Get some coffee and pre-ordered breakfast.

Every hotel room is equipped with a coffee maker, plus many hotels have takeout in-house or a local take out option.  You could even get a breakfast delivered to your room.

Extra resources at your disposal.

If you need to print off a document or make some copies, most hotels still have business centres with the basics to get that job done. If there isn’t a business centre, ask at the front desk if they can print or copy it for you.

Unwind at the end of the day.

Pick the right hotel, and the best part happens after the work day is over. Have takeout dinner from a local restaurant nearby. Book yourself time in a local spa for a massage or skin treatment. Go for a swim or get in a good workout as most hotels with their excellent COVID safety plans still have options for a good workout if pre-booked. Then kick back on a big comfy bed and watch TV through the evening.

Call ahead.

Check out all Prince George’s accommodation options at www.tourismpg.com/stay and call your favorite hotel and inquiry if they can offer this local ‘Workcation’ option for the day or even a whole week. Let them know you are looking for a local business rate and be prepared to show your credentials upon check in. This is just another way to support our tourism sector businesses that need our patronage more than ever now.

About the author: Tracey McBride is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourism Prince George. Tracey has over 18 years of experience in municipal, regional, and provincial tourism marketing and development. She has worked in all tourism sectors including sports, conferences, media relations, travel trade, and leisure markets and has worked with many international events and audiences. Tracey loves the arts and culinary scene and writes in her spare time. She moved to Prince George in 2020 with her spouse Alex and their crew of animals.