Start-ups combine serious work with exotic vacation to woo whiz kids

Virendra Pandit Ahmedabad | Updated on January 24, 2018 Published on January 24, 2018

Work-from-home concept extended to include locations of employee’s choice

Looking for a job that merges work and vacation? Until last year, start-ups were wonderful workplaces with free or subsidised food and drinks for the employees.

The New Age firms are offering the millennials joining them exotic vacations in Goa and Kodaikanal.


“The trend was set in the Silicon Valley and is an evolution of the work-from-home concept,” Shubh Bansal, Co-founder and Marketing Head, Truebil, used car marketplace, said .

“We introduced the ‘workcation’ concept eight months ago for those staffers whose physical presence is not required at a location. So 13 out of 30 employees were chosen for 45 days of work-cum-vacation a year.

“The beneficiaries can go to a place of their choice, which has good connectivity, in India. They are required to report to their supervisor every day,” he said.

There is a catch, however. The beneficiary is paid 80 per cent of his/her salary while the company deducts 20 per cent for “low productivity.”

HappyLoans, which offers small loans to individuals and firms, introduced workcation on the New Year Day.

“It envisages a 10-day paid leave to the employee to enable him/her to work from home or elsewhere. The leave they enjoy is over and above their normal leave. They foot all the other bills and can spend time with their family and friends while working from the comfort of their homes or a place of their choice,” said Manish Khera, Founder-CEO.

It works

He said those who opted for it have achieved their targets and delivered results on time. The staffers are allowed to choose vacation any time of the year.

YourQuote, an App for writers and a content-generation platform, has a workcation policy which sponsors its technical team members’ trips to Goa or Kodaikanal from where they can work. “They can go on workcation once in three months,” said Harsh Snehanshu, CEO.

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Published on January 24, 2018
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