4 Reasons The ‘Hush-Cation’ Phenomenon Is Growing Among Remote Workers

In this class: vocabulary regarding remote work, wellbeing, human resources, HR.

Vocabulary list:

– hush-cation: uma palavra que o autor inventou juntando “hush” (secreto) com “vacation” férias, então interpretamos hush-cation como férias secretas, férias sem contar para ninguém  
– work-around: uma forma de contornar algo
– old adage: velho ditado
– disclose: revelar
– on the clock: no horário de trabalho
– keep someone from doing something: evitar, impedir que alguém faça algo (learn more: https://businessfluency.com.br/keep-from-usos-e-significados/)
– be suited to: ser adequado, apropriado para 
– fall on deaf ears: ninguém dar ouvidos
– prone to something: propenso a algo (learn more: https://businessfluency.com.br/be-prone-to/)
– win-win: ganha-ganha

Now, read the article:

Original source: Forbes | Author: Bryan Robinson, PhD.

4 Reasons The ‘Hush-Cation’ Phenomenon Is Growing Among Remote Workers

The “hush movement” continues to grow among remote workers across the country as they continue to find risk-averse ploys to combine remote working with their desire for job flexibility.

First it was “quiet quitting” and resenteeism,” followed by coffee badging—a work-around that remote employees use to avoid return-to-office mandates. Employees show up to the office for enough time to have a cup of coffee and earn an imaginary badge for it, then go home to do their work.

As employees are called back to the office, many are subtly protesting by complying for as little time as possible. Then there were shadow policies in which rogue managers secretly allow remote working—even when official company policy requires employees to be in the office. And shadow IT in which employees secretly use unsanctioned artificial intelligence because it’s more convenient and quicker.

Why ‘Hush-Cations’ Are On The Rise

Now there’s a growing trend of remote employees, defying the old adage, “Never mix business and pleasure.” Younger workers are sneaking vacations without calling off work or disclosing their location to their employers. But does it really matter where you’re working as long as you put in the hours and get your work done? Perhaps so. Otherwise, why would “hush-cations” be so hush-hush and on the rise this summer? According to RVshare, clandestine vacations also known as “hush-trips” are becoming more common among remote workers who are secretly taking vacations while continuing to work in a lounge chair by the pool or at a campground in the mountains.

This is a drastic turnabout from just a year ago when the majority of Americans were foregoing any type of vacation because of economic concerns and what their employers might think. Not anymore. In 2024, more employees are on the clock but in a place other than home, sneaking in a vacation without calling off work, and they don’t feel the need to disclose their location. On the surface, that can look like remote workers are goofing off, taking advantage of their flexible schedules. But are they really?

I posed that question to Ed Thompson, founder and CEO of Uptimize, who told me, “The spirit of remote working should be ‘getting the job done.’ If the employee is working to achieve their objectives in a remote framework, their specific context or location shouldn’t matter.”

According to RVshare, 56% Of all working adults say they’re very or extremely likely to partake in a “Hush Trip.” In 2023, 36% Of both Gen X and Millennials, of whom nearly all have remote jobs, already had one planned. There are at least four good reasons why remote workers believe a “hush-trip” is a good idea:

According to RVshare, 56% Of all working adults say they’re very or extremely likely to partake in a “Hush Trip.” In 2023, 36% Of both Gen X and Millennials, of whom nearly all have remote jobs, already had one planned. There are at least four good reasons why remote workers believe a “hush-trip” is a good idea:

  1. When combining work and pleasure, remote workers say they’re more productive in a leisure setting because they’re more relaxed, clear-minded and creative.
  2. As long as employees get the hours in and work done, remote workers believe it doesn’t matter whether they’re at their workstation at home or lounging by the beach on a tropical island.
  3. Some proponents believe “hush-cations” might be an antidote to burnout and even help with retention, keeping remote workers from leaving their jobs.
  4. Supporters believe “hush-cations” have the potential to boost morale among remote workers and contribute to better work-life balance.

Taking secret time off may be contrary to the spirit and fact of an employment contract, but it’s worth asking, “Why is this happening?” So I asked Thompson, author of A Hidden Force, “What’s going on here?” He responded with another question, “Do people feel burned out?” Of course, the answer is an unequivocal yes, according to MyPerfectResume’s just-released findings of its Employee Burnout Survey that 20% think about quitting their jobs on a daily basis, and 88% of workers say they are burned out at work.

“Burnout is common, and yet underappreciated. Perhaps staff feel the time to recharge is needed, but this is not truly understood by managers or colleagues,” he suggests. “In our work, we’ve found that one potentially significant cause of burnout is a workplace that isn’t suited to all neurotypes. Traditionally, many organizations have created environments that unintentionally exclude the talents of some of their workers.” He cites as many as 15 to 20% of people may be neurodivergent in some way, but points out that many are uncomfortable disclosing their neuroidentity.”

“I’ve spoken to one autistic tech worker, for example, who found himself starting to experience burnout symptoms at the end of a long meeting, and yet, when he tried to explain this to colleagues, it fell on deaf ears. Because of cultural ignorance, neurodivergent workers such as autistic people, ADHDers, and dyslexic people frequently feel like they have to expend significant energy to mask their neurodivergence. Not surprisingly, this can make them particularly prone to burnout. If organizations take steps to alleviate burnout, employees may not feel the need to take a hush-cation.”

A ‘Hush-Trip” Versus A Guilt Trip This Summer?

Last year Owl Labs conducted a study of 2,050 full-time American workers and found a discrepancy between what managers versus remote workers think of productivity. Findings showed that 60% of managers are concerned that workers are less productive when working remotely, while 62% of workers say they feel more productive when working remotely. The survey found 55% of employees said they put in more hours while working remotely than at the office. Plus, 83% of remote workers said they “feel” they operate at the same or higher level than when in the office.

These results reflect the divided perspectives on remote work and productivity between employers and employees. Add a vacation to the mix, and it’s easy to see the potential risk of a “hush-cation” as seen from an employer’s perspective. Perhaps, the best arrangement is a win-win from a boss who gives you her blessings because she knows you’ll get the work done and done well.

In fact, some remote workers have been taking “hush-cations” before they even had a name, according to Laura Ray, “As someone who has unknowingly been participating in this phenomenon as long as I’ve been working remotely—give or take eight years—I can assure you that the best time to go on a ‘hush trip’ is summer.” In light of full disclosure, I must confess that I wrote this piece while enjoying a two-week “hush-cation” on the beaches of Saint Helena Island, SC. Shh.

Practice Your Writing

Does your company allow remote work? 
Would you like to work remotely? Why? (Why not?)
In your opinion, what are the benefits of working remotely?

5 respostas para “4 Reasons The ‘Hush-Cation’ Phenomenon Is Growing Among Remote Workers”

  1. This is an interesting article, as it toutch in right point: control. At this time, a big change was happening in the job market, but old minds had no interest in learning about others kinds of achieving goals…

    Yes, in the company that I work, the commercial equip started working remotely in pandemic period until now… For me it is perfect because I save 1h of traffic every day and I live close some customers.
    But remote work is not for all…Many positions should be present ( (physically or remotely) iwithin a certain time slot to answer urgent questions, verify delivery status and solve issues that can’t wait…

    1. Hello Lu!

      Great consideration!

      Just some minor corrections:
      – as it touches
      – other ways of achieing goals
      – the commercial team started working in the pandemic until now
      – close to
      – But working remotely
      – within
      – check delivery status

  2. My company allows me to work remotely and I completely love it.

    I can no longer see myself working in a different scenario.

    I am not a “team-player” person. I work much better working on my own. I don´t like to have difficult conversations. Usually when we socialize, we end up having to work with groups as well as discuss several aspects of it what usually leads us to be involved on discussing difficult topics especially in order to get to an agreement that is suitable for everyone.

    Other than that aspect, by working from home, I do not have to spend time communting what in my opininon is just a perfect world. Adding to that, I don´t have to spend lots of money on gas, food and parking.

    1. You definitely have your point, Luisa! I know what you mean 🙂

      There are so many pros and cons when it comes to working remotely , hybridly or onsite – I’m “on-site Team” , hahaha… I worked from home for 3 years and I can say that it’s definitely not for me, Luisa; I really need to go and see people!
      But I have to admit that working in groups can be rather challenging, most of the times!

      Just some minor corrections:
      – I work much better on my own
      – commuting

  3. I am not sure about two things mentioned on the text (or should it be “in” the text?):

    1 – The work/expression “hush-caution” can be consider as positive, negative or neutro?

    2 – What does “risk-averse ploys to” mean?

    I thank you in advance for the clarification.

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