Embracing our new Work-from-Anywhere policy
We know how important it is to have a good work-life balance, so we're always looking for new initiatives to help us to stay productive, happy and motivated.
That’s why we’ve introduced a Work-from-Anywhere (WFA) policy, meaning we can work from any location of our choosing, whether in a different city or another country entirely. So, I hot-footed it off to Spain!
After what felt like a never-ending winter, I decided to make the most of the new work-from-anywhere policy. January felt long, miserable, and pretty tough. So, I knew a sunnier climate and scenery change would hugely benefit my wellbeing. As my partner is fluent in Spanish and I’m doing my very best to learn, what better place to try out this brilliant new scheme than sunny Spain?
I began researching our best options, checking out places on AirBnB and reading reviews from other travellers. One in particular stood out; a beachfront apartment 30 minutes South of Malaga with the perfect private space for remote working and a reliable WiFi connection.
We started our mornings with walks on the beach and freshly baked pastries before heading back to the AirBnB to start work. We were so grateful for the opportunity that we found that our productivity levels increased and we got stuck in with enthusiasm every day. The longer and warmer daylight hours were a huge bonus too.
We worked local time which was an hour different from the UK, and did require me to be on top of changes to meetings and collaborative tasks. But the disruption was very minimal.
During our lunch breaks, we sat in the sun and tucked into Mediterranean salads, tortillas, fruit, and cured meats we purchased from the local supermarket. One day we tried out a natural thermal spring set in the hills above Costa Torrox.
We spent the evenings exploring the local area. One night we enjoyed tapas in the market square paired with the most wonderful Margaritas whilst the sun set around us. The architecture was beautiful, lit up with twinkling fairy lights.
When I returned to the UK I felt totally recharged. I’d spent quality time with my partner, had a new-found appreciation for our company, and an eagerness to encourage everyone to take up the opportunity to work from a new location.
This policy is a fantastic addition to our existing employee wellbeing strategy and one that I’d recommend other companies consider. It’s an impactful way to demonstrate that we are all trusted, valued, respected, and appreciated. Particularly for millennials and Gen-Z employees whose main priorities whilst job seeking are flexibility and staff care. It’s a great way to attract and retain talent and is something that I’ll be talking a lot more about to potential candidates now.