At ChainCargo we encourage our people to pack their laptops and enjoy the benefits of remote work. Some of us explore new places, and others use this opportunity to work from their home countries, spend more time with family and friends, and enjoy the so much-missed local food.
Aleksandra, our Office Assistant, recently came back from her first workation, and she is a great example of how to combine personal and work lives and excel at remote work.
What is your role, and what do you like the most about your job?
I work as an Office Assistant and support the HR and Finance departments in my daily tasks. My responsibilities are very varied, and sometimes maintaining two different departments can be challenging. But at the same time, it gives me a lot of satisfaction to know ChainCargo from different perspectives. Every day I learn something new, and I certainly can't complain about monotony. Besides, I have great colleagues who always support me!
Where did you work from, and for how long?
For 2 weeks, I worked remotely in Poland, my home country. I had 3 wedding parties, so it just made sense to work from home instead of flying back and forth to The Netherlands.
Are wedding parties in Poland much different from the ones in The Netherlands?
Definitely😄. In Poland, it's common to have two-day weddings, with lots of food and fun games.
One of the most popular traditions is called 'Oczepiny'. Typically, the bride throws her veil at unmarried ladies, and the one who catches it (which I almost did 😉 ) is supposed to get married next.
Did you face any challenges when working from Poland?
Not really, I think the most important thing when working remotely is good communication with your teammates and proper planning. However, it isn’t something that I would like to do for a long time. I would definitely miss face-to-face communication with my colleagues!
And finally, what is the best thing about workation?
The best thing about workation is, of course, that I get to see my family and friends without actually taking days off. Normally, when I go to Poland, I meet my friends and relatives during weekends or after work because everybody has their responsibilities and carries on with their regular lives. So workation is a perfect solution for visiting your homeland.
It is also an amazing opportunity to explore new places for a little longer. Maybe even learn about foreign work culture by working in a nice cafe or co-working space and meeting local people.