A new trend is developing called ‘co-working holidays’, which involve jetting off to the sun for a few weeks with both your suitcase and briefcase packed.

Co-working holidays are aimed at the self-employed and entrepreneurs with the pitch that individuals can focus on their work and immerse themselves in a ‘super-productive environment’ with like-minded people

Isn’t that what the office is for?

With some truly idyllic locations on offer – Bali, Thailand, California – it certainly sounds more appealing than commuting to the office in a cold dark British winter. But is taking work on holiday a good idea?

A recent survey found that 61% of British workers would switch jobs and one third would take a pay cut for more holidays. An overwhelming majority of those surveyed found holidays improved their overall happiness and they returned to work feeling happier than when they left, while two thirds stated that holidays helped them stay focussed when at work.

The benefit of employees both taking holidays and switching off from work is recognised by many employers as improving both productivity and creativity and maintaining general wellbeing in staff.

Last year we blogged about French employers’ federations and unions signing up to a legally binding agreement that means staff have to switch off work-related devices outside of office hours. Co-working holidays seem to be at the other end of the work/life balance spectrum and while working next to the pool in the sun sounds very appealing, does it make switching off from work even more unlikely? In which case, a holiday may be necessary to recover from the working holiday…


Julie Keir

Practice Development Lawyer at Brodies LLP
As a Practice Development Lawyer Julie is responsible for developing and maintaining Brodies Workbox, our award-winning online HR and employment law resource.
Julie Keir