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Move over “quiet quitting,” there’s a new corporate catchprhase in town. In the era of remote work, many employees are embracing the freedom that it provides — and one increasingly common example is known as a “hush trip.”

Keeping it quiet

Prior to the pandemic, most workers informed their bosses about any planned trips, even if they would continue to work while on the road. Since so many of us are now working from home (or somewhere other than the office) these days, however, a growing number of employees are taking off on working vacations without letting anyone at work know.

The argument in favor of these “hush trips” tends to be that the work is still getting done, so why should it matter whether it’s in the dining room at home or on a Caribbean beach?

As you might imagine, though, many executives and human resources professionals have a different point of view.

In fact, there could be some legal pitfalls for employers — such as wage contracts or health insurance — that might emerge if bosses aren’t aware of where their workers are while they’re technically on the clock.

So is it a problem?

As for whether you should feel comfortable taking a hush trip, a lot of it depends on your workplace’s culture. A recent survey showed that well over half of the remote workers who have taken a hush trip in the past two years say they’ll likely do it again.

But if you feel the need to keep secrets from your employer or believe you’d be reprimanded if your boss found out, it’s probably not a great idea.

The bottom line is that if you can ensure that you won’t miss any meetings and your work won’t suffer, a clandestine getaway could be a refreshing option.

Chris Agee
Chris Agee April 7th, 2023
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