Madhya Pradesh: Work from home employees in nature’s lap, courtesy ‘workation’ by tourism dept

Sitting with a laptop on a bank of a river or perched on the mountain or in a jungle while working for office is no more a dream but is going to be a reality with state tourism department’s new scheme - workation.

To revive tourism industry, which was hit hard due to lockdown, the state government will set up five work stations in the first phase where people will be provided electricity and internet connectivity. Though the industry has been interpreting it as “vacation and work”, it has sprung up from boredom of work from home concept during corona lockdown.

“Work from home has become a reality during corona pandemic. We have identified five properties that will attract such employees. Some more properties will be developed on the same theme later,” MP Tourism Development Corporation MD S Vishwanathan said.

The places in the initial list include Hinglaj at Gandhisagar dam, Hanuwantia, Pachmarhi, Tamia and Madai. The tourism board will ensure strong WIFI connectivity in and around the place so that visitors can work from their choice of place. Other jungle resorts too are on the list and will be added soon.

According to a survey conducted by a private company, 59% of employees are working from home. This is specially higher in the 45-60 age group. Most people surveyed had apprehensions about commuting to work during pandemic.

Official of the tourism department said clients will be ensured proper sanitization of living units besides open spaces that will be used as work stations. Besides high speed internet, power backup, healthy and fresh meals will add to comfortable stay in lap of nature.

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