Bremen, July 1, 2021. The Bremen-based company Traum-Ferienwohnungen reacts to the increasing demand of employees seeking flexible work. The 700 sqm-office space in Bremen’s Überseestadt will continue to be available to employees, but they will be under no obligation to come to the office, even after the corona-virus situation. From now on all of their 130 employees can choose where they want to work. Home office can now be a vacation home.
“Traum-Ferienwohnungen has always had a very professional and responsible company culture, with a lot of freedom for our employees. Our employees have shown us during corona lockdowns that they are more than able to perform their work from anywhere. We want to make this official and allow our colleagues to choose their preferred working environment, regardless of whether they want to work at the office, home office, co-working space, in a vacation home or in a hotel lobby,” says Ruud Smeets, managing director of Traum-Ferienwohnungen. “Everyone should be able to work where he or she feels most comfortable and effective.” says Smeets. The company deals primarily with the holiday and travel industry. This is not the only reason why it makes sense to work from a holiday destination: “We believe that a relaxed working atmosphere and a healthy amount of self-determination are key to a productive and happy team” continues Smeets..
Regular meetings will continue to take place at the Bremen headquarters. However, at Traum-Ferienwohnungen, attending meetings digitally was also already well accepted before corona-lockdowns. “We have a number of employees who have been working completely remotely for us for several years and who don’t live in or near Bremen,” says Smeets. That is why all meeting rooms at Traum-Ferienwohnungen are equipped with video conference systems and – not only as a result of Coronavirus – employees have all the necessary technical means to be able to switch flexibly between the office or another workplace. “In the future, we simply want to expand this form of flexibility that has already been practised and take it one step further. The first employees have already made use of the new possibilities and simply relocated their workplace to a location with a sea view for a while,” Smeets says smilingly.
Workation: time out from everyday work
Carlotta Stegemann, Social Media Manager, and Sarah Joost, Content Marketing Manager at Traum-Ferienwohnungen travelled to Majorca for a week in mid-June to combine work and travel. “After a long time at home, we were able to find inspiration in a new environment and recharge our batteries. Of course, the time after work is the best part, when you’re done for the day and can fully enjoy the destination,” says Stegemann. Joost was also won over by the combination of work and leisure time: “For me, it was above all a feeling of freedom, just being able to travel with the laptop under my arm and having that ability to work – no matter where.” Working where other people go on holiday is a privilege that neither of them would like to do without. “A new environment encourages creativity. We had barely been out of our usual work environment for a week when completely new ideas and approaches started emerging,” adds Stegemann.
The preparation: combining work and travel
A workation also requires the right preparation. When planning, you should look for a vacation home with WiFi. There are over 70,000 apartments and holiday homes with this feature across Europe on the Traum-Ferienwohnungen portal. “You should also ensure that you have a good place to sit and coordinate communication with colleagues in advance,” says Joost. The two employees really got a taste for it; the next time they’re going to work for two to three weeks in Portugal to explore Porto and the surrounding area when work is done.
The managing director is delighted with the enthusiasm of his employees: “As a company, we believe it is important to shape new innovative paths in order to stay successful together. Speeding up and winding down are more closely related to one another than you think – one can not exist without the other,” says Smeets.
Since 2001 the online marketplace Traum-Ferienwohnungen connects vacationers and hosts personally and directly. Hosts can advertise their accommodation easily, transparently, and successfully. Vacationers choose their dream vacation home from over 100,000 vacation homes in 70 countries. In addition to conventional apartments or houses, the portfolio also offers unique holiday accommodation such as tree houses, houseboats, windmills, or castles. Every year, around 47 million vacationers look for their perfect vacation home on the online portal of Traum-Ferienwohnungen. Around 30,000 hosts place their long-term trust in the vacation home experts based in Bremen. Since May 2019, Traum-Ferienwohnungen GmbH is part of OYO Vacation Homes, one of the leading vacation rental companies in Europe. In addition to Traum-Ferienwohnungen, TUI-Ferienhaus, the Dutch full-service holiday home provider Belvilla and the Danish company DanCenter also belong to this group. Further information is available at www.traum-ferienwohnungen.de
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