Boost Your Productivity With a Change of Scenery


REMOTE WORK got you down? look no further.

Your toes sink into the sand. The waves lap against the shore. You spread out your towel, get comfortable, and open your laptop. It’s time to start your workday. For years, productivity experts have decried the concept of mixing work and play. The option of working anywhere but the office hasn’t been a question for most of us. And then ensued a pandemic that locked us away for a year. Even after restrictions eased up, many employers found success in remote workers. Some workers may stay remote indefinitely; others may be a hybrid. Does remote work really boost productivity? And if not, how can a change of scenery help?

a photo of the beach and the ocean. A blue sky with white and grey clouds.  Green beach grass covers the top of a sandy dune.

Many of us are used to working a little bit at home (who isn’t expected to be reachable 24/7 when we have a smartphone glued to our hip?), but the transition to working only from home or mostly from home, is an opportunity to merge our work and leisure time.  How to do this successfully and be productive and happy?  A scientifically-backed solution to this: get a change of scenery.

a woman lounging in a beach chair holding a laptop, getting ready to do remote work outdoors


Whether spring, when the weather is starting to get warmer, or fall when it is cooling down, there are plenty of opportunities to do remote work outside. The suggestion shouldn’t be taken as, “work only outside,” however. Rather, we’re able to choose our office space and many workers don’t know how to take advantage of it. A Human Spaces Global Report found that workplaces that incorporate natural elements, like greenery and sunlight, see a 6% boost in productivity and a 15% boost in creativity compared to offices that don’t. “Quite a few studies show that people become more relaxed, their heart rate slows and they become more creative when they connect with an outdoor natural environment,” reports the study.

In research on the effects of environmental therapy, feelings of disconnection from the natural world can result in psychological symptoms such as anxiety, frustration and depression. Conversely, “ecotherapy” is meant to increase connection with nature in order to relieve these symptoms. This also increases overall feelings of self-esteem, health, social connection, and happiness. Spending time in a new, natural environment recharges us and renews our mental energy. This allows us to be more productive and happy at work.

A voluntary getaway in order to change one’s workplace affects what Bloom identified as the aspect of ‘choice’, as well as leading into ‘space’ and ‘privacy’ for remote workers. A small getaway to an adults-only area can offer relaxation and a fresh mindset to re-approach remote work.

the ocean during sunset

remote work, then recharge

The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is an adults-only bed and breakfast. With specials for both one night stays and extended stays during our shoulder & quiet seasons, now is the best time for employees to escape and recharge. Work remotely from one of our rooms, poolside, near our garden, even on the beach just down the road. When you’re done for the day, dig into our deluxe media library, bike the Cape Cod Rail Trail, or ask our concierge about the best nature walks. Ecotherapy, here we come!

Our ergonomic desks make for the perfect setting to sit down for a zoom-call or finish that proposal.   We offer premium Wifi, ample USB ports and 2 wireless cellphone charging stations in each guest room to keep you connected.  Seize the day after a gourmet breakfast and don’t forget to pop into the Pool Lounge in the afternoon to see what the baked goodie of the day is. Ask us about our logo mugs and Cape Cod Coffee; there’s no better way to start the day!

a photo of a chair and a desk with a laptop, table lamp, and notepad

If your business is looking for a serene and intimate setting for a corporate retreat or brain-storming session, call us at 508-432-7766 for an out of the ordinary experience.

The author works for The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn located in West Harwich, Cape Cod. The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn is Cape Cod’s best boutique hotel and experience for travelers looking to relax and recharge. If you are interested in touring the Inn and planning your next Cape Cod vacation, click below to check out The Platinum Pebble Boutique Inn.

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