It’s hard to say this, but 2022 may finally be a moment of rest. Ugly portmanteau stands for the crossroads of business and leisure.

Thank you for this sounding like you’re paying for Big Bleisure. As far as I’m writing about work, someone in the travel industry has been trying to convince me that vacations are increasing. After all, the hotel and aviation industry is desperate to make up for lost income. It’s not uncommon to attend overseas meetings for weekend sightseeing, but this time around, there’s reason to believe that we’re on a business trip, the Covid restrictions are gone, and we’re in an era of pleasure.

This is because workers are more flexible and enthusiastic about exploration. Airbnb Said In 2021, about 20% of the nights booked were visits for more than a month. In a letter to shareholders, the company quoted Jason, the Airbnb host in Chicago. Jason’s bookings changed as more guests stayed longer, worked away from their local Chicago office, and visited families and towns while attending meetings.

Airbnb itself announced last month that employees can work anywhere in their home country without changing their salaries and can move to another country for up to 90 days a year.

on the other hand, Report During Deloitte’s trip, the “laptop lager” was identified as a “newly freed worker from the office” who wanted to get to work during his vacation. They make more trips and “add days and money to those trips. [They] Have above average purchasing power [and] Increased flexibility in travel itineraries. “

The travel department needs a new source of income. Several hotel groups, including Hilton, offer WFH (Jobs from Hotels) packages, including day labor for rooms for workers who want to spend a quiet time outside their home or office. Richard Valtr, founder of Mews, a company that helps hotels manage rooms and services, offers additional bookable services such as meeting rooms, daytime hotel room use, and coworking areas. I observed a surge in hotels.

This blurring of work and leisure is also shaped by employers making some aspects of their work like holidays. As employees spend time away, companies are dreaming of creative ways to get them together. The remote workforce of 3Thinkrs, a small PR agency, is encouraged to work from a variety of locations. Recently, the whole company went to Amsterdam for 4 days. We had meetings, dinner and drinks, but we also had a vacation to explore the city.

Salesforce recently opened the so-called Trailblazer Ranch in Scotts Valley, California, where employees can collaborate, train, and immerse themselves in the company’s culture. It’s easy to ridicule. Tech companies are actually begging for it with a statement that the ranch offers “tactile experiences such as guided nature walks, recovery yoga, garden tours, group cooking classes, art journaling, meditation, and more.”

But Salesforce may be working on something. Returning to the office and assuming our normal life as if we hadn’t had a very strange year of two years is confusing. Group events show a sense of opportunity. And after months of getting stuck indoors, encouraging workers to broaden their horizons is good for morale and creativity.

The fusion of work and leisure is happening at an extraordinary pace. Evan Konwiser, Executive Vice President of American Express Global Business Travel, talks about the next episode of FT. Move it According to the podcast, some employers help staff plan and pay for their holidays.

The risk is to integrate work and vacation so that you can’t switch off. Ruth Jones, founder of 3Thinkrs, states that employees taking a break need to take over for a week and make it clear that email and Slack need to be turned off.

One of the dangers of such blurring is that work affects not only our personal lives, but also the places we visit (cafes, clubs, hotels). Work creep is now pandemic and ubiquitous, but now there is a danger of office creep. The hospitality industry is starting to look like one big wacky workplace as flexible workers rush to create new places to launch laptops. When I visited the new branch of Soho House, a private members club, it didn’t look much like any other coworking space.

I don’t think most people care about leisure getting into their work, but they hate it when the office affects it. For this reason, hotels and cafes also need to set boundaries.

Recently, I visited a hotel for my colleagues and office holidays. It seemed to be fun on a business trip. But for those who spend their holidays, it was oppressive and I felt pressure from peers from people who weren’t even my peers. I even opened my laptop and created a place to write.

If this year is a year of leisure, we must never forget it.

emma.jacobs@ft.com