Workation

Twice a year, The Remote Company team comes together for workation— a paid work trip that feels a bit like a vacation. The main purpose of this get-together is team bonding. In addition to working and learning, we also go on adventures, laugh loads and create memories that we reminisce about long after.

As our team is spread all over the world, our workations are the only time we all meet in one place. That's why we put our heart and soul into making it an unforgettable experience, every single time.

In summer, we all meet in Vilnius, Lithuania, where our headquarter is located. In winter, we venture off to warm, exotic destinations. So far we’ve been to Bali, Morocco, Panama and the Azores.

The Remote Company team

In 2020, we didn't go anywhere, but we did organize our very own staycations (the virtual equivalent of a workation).

Hopefully later this year, we can all get together to enjoy our long-overdue Miami workation.

Staycation #2: Remotely 2020

πŸ“Œ Location: Online

πŸ‘« 110 people joined

🌍 From 32 countries

What we still talk about: Our DIY food night where our celebrity chefs (we mean, team members) hosted seven different cooking classes. We all got together in groups to prepare a meal from a specific country (hummus, tacos, you name it).

Biggest takeaway: Just because an event is online doesn't mean it's a watch party. Make sure your team is actively involved and everyone contributes.

Great ideas for your next team event, personally tested by us

Staycation #1: Remotely 2020

πŸ“Œ Location: Online

πŸ‘« 77 people joined

🌍 From 24 countries

What we still talk about: Movie night! Everyone selected a phrase from a random phrase generator and created a 30 to 60-second video to visually show their phrase. We watched all the videos together and made our best guesses. Watch the videos here.

"Loved the movie night. It was not only a challenge but I also gained a new skill (planning, recording and editing videos). I learned so much about other team members, maybe even more than during our 'normal' workations." — Jessika, Partnership Manager.

Biggest takeaway: If you have a company tradition, you don’t need to break the pattern, you just need to find a way to make your idea work online.

Read how we transformed our traditional activities into online experiences

Workation #8: Lithuania 2019

πŸ“Œ Location: Vilnius and KlaipΔ—da, Lithuania

πŸ‘« 43 people joined

🌍 From 16 countries

What we still talk about: Singing Lithuanian polyphonic songs. It felt magical hearing us all sing together… after we managed to stay in tune with three different groups.

Most valuable experience: Instead of listening to boring presentations filled with numbers, we invited all departments to present their work at the Remote Fair. During this internal trade show, achievements are proudly shown and future projects are explained. Everyone gets to ask questions and give feedback!

"I think our team's diversity and cooperation is our greatest strength. I loved the fair. The concept is so good for interactive discussions in small groups. I learned a lot about our present and future plans, and this made me even more hyped for what's in store for our company." — Deividas, Data Scientist.

Biggest takeaway: People appreciate things more when they contributed to them. It’s called the IKEA effect. In this article, we'll talk more about it.

Workation #7: Azores 2019

πŸ“Œ Location: Azores

πŸ‘« 35 people joined

🌍 From 9 countries

What we still talk about: Hiking on the island and then relaxing in the hot springs afterward.

Most valuable experience: Our team personality experiment to understand how different we are, why that's a great thing and how we can better work together. Learn more about this experiment.

Biggest takeaway: It's much easier to work with a team when people know themselves and can safely express their opinions and feelings.

Workation #6: Lithuania 2018

πŸ“Œ Location: Lithuania

πŸ‘« 32 people joined

🌍 From 6 countries

What we still talk about: Flying with hot air balloons above Vilnius.

Most valuable experience: Our 10-hour hike through forests, fields and rivers. During the hike, we had to complete tasks, like blindfolding two members or carrying someone for an hour. The next day, after we completed the hike, our team reflected on their observations, led by a psychologist.

Biggest takeaway: Teams connect most not during fun activities, but when people are uncomfortable. Read how we use uncomfortable activities to strengthen our team.

Workation #5: Panama 2018

πŸ“Œ Location: Panama

πŸ‘« 22 people joined

🌍 From 7 countries

What we still talk about: Canoeing in the Panama Canal and sailing with a catamaran to the Pearl Islands.

Most valuable experience: Our Content Manager Jonas asked us to imagine our product dying (RIP), and what we'd write in the eulogy. Why did our product die? Who is crying, and why? This helped us a lot in deciding where to go next.

Biggest takeaway: Plan things in advance. We had a very detailed timeline, where we alternated between work and fun days. We even planned unstructured free time! People were much more relaxed knowing when things were happening and what to expect.

Workation #4: Lithuania 2017

πŸ“Œ Location: Lithuania

πŸ‘« 27 people joined

🌍 From 5 countries

Team activity - movie night from lithuanian workation

What we still talk about: The encounter game in Palanga. A super fun way to explore the town, get this adrenaline rush from competing and laugh a lot together.

Most valuable experience: Our creativity workshop where we talked about vulnerable topics and learned to listen to each other.

Biggest takeaway: "I loved having the opportunity to get to know my colleagues in non-working situations. It builds trust and love between us, which eventually reflects in our working environment. All the memories we have together are the fuel that inspires and motivates us to be the best" — Remis, Customer Support Manager.

Workation #3: Morocco 2017

πŸ“Œ Location: Morocco

πŸ‘« 21 people joined

🌍 From 5 countries

What we still talk about: Living in the Sahara desert oasis without any internet (read: not planned) and entertaining ourselves with a guided meditation, a CrossFit session and hikes.

Takeaway #1: A workation without internet is very frustrating. Since it happened to us, we're way more attentive to what the internet is like in the destinations we select.

Takeaway #2: We can entertain ourselves. Read more about our activities in Morocco

Takeaway #3: Bring your own photographer with you. Why do you need a photographer?

Workation #2: Lithuania 2016

πŸ“Œ Location: Lithuania

πŸ‘« 24 people joined

🌍 From 4 countries

Team posing from workation in Vilnius

What we still talk about: Spending the weekend in the Vasaknos Manor brewery, a brewery that was built back in 1719. Today, this beer is produced in a fully computerized modern brewery.

Biggest takeaway: Can we let you in on a little secret? People confessed that they preferred this workation more than the one in Bali. It’s not about the destination, it’s about how you spent your time together.

Workation #1: Bali 2016

πŸ“Œ Location: Bali

πŸ‘« 19 people relocated to Bali for 2 months

🌍 From 1 country

What we still talk about: Climbing Mount Batur, an active volcano, in the early AMs to catch the beautiful sunrise.

Biggest takeaway: "Two months with four different groups was a bit overwhelming. At times I felt like I was working in a travel agency. Selecting cafes for lunches and dinners, arranging trips around the island, giving recommendations and organizing welcomes and goodbyes." — Ilma, COO.

Read more about Ilma's experiences.

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