Ytech continued its investment in Downtown Miami with the recent acquisition of a historical mansion located at 1500 Brickell Avenue. Ytech is completing a multi-million dollar property restoration and renovation of the mansion, slated for completion by Q1 2023. The property joins Ytech’s ownership of...

With remote work seemingly here to stay, vacation days have entered a nebulous zone and become ever harder to track, while traveling has dropped into the most ambiguous space of all. Does remote work mean a mandate to stay in town, in the state—or can it include hauling your laptop to the Piazza Navona? How remote can remote work be? Enter blended travel, aka “workations.” Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts, commissioned a survey to measure the appeal of very remote work, polling more than 1,200 people. The result was eye-opening: 65% of millennials (25 to 44 years old) and 59% of Generation Z (18 to 24 years old) respondents were more likely to sign up with a company that offers “frequent travel or flexible (work + leisure) blended travel possibilities as a perk,” according to the analysis. Other findings: • 31% believe that combining work travel and leisure would allow them to progress further in their careers. • 35% believe that it would be beneficial to them, and allow them greater flexibility, to combine work with a leisure trip abroad. • 39% said that it would increase their happiness levels. • 80% of business executives worry that, unless they increase business travel, their professional and personal lives would suffer.   Every single one of my clients is struggling with talent acquisition,” says Palm Beach-based Rita Barreto, a veteran human resources pro who consults about workplace issues as president of Top Tier Leadership. “With 11 million openings in the United States, companies are looking for ways to attract and retain talent. The notion of work-life balance has proven to be nothing more than a term. At best, a small percentage of employees made it a reality due to the culture of the organization.” Barreto says that to be a talent magnet today, you have to offer life-work integration: “It’s recognizing and appreciating the 24-7 life of an employee and the need for time to reboot and enjoy a full life. It requires flexibility, trust and accountability.” Josh Leibowitz, the Miami-based president of Seabourn Cruise Line, has come around to the benefits of blended travel time. It wasn’t always so. A few years ago, he gave a TEDx talk in which he advocated a strict separation of vacation time and work time, precisely measured week to week. “I spoke of the importance of vacation time to relax, recharge and have ongoing energy to engage,” he says. “My thinking on this has changed. I still believe there are times when we should go into as much of a non-work time-period as possible; however, I also recognize that for many of us, disengaging for more than a few days at a time is not only not feasible, but it can also increase the stress load of reengaging on return. So, my new philosophy is to find pockets of blackout on holiday. That may mean a few hours where you put phones down or maybe a few days,” but he says that it’s time to accept permeability between leisure and work when we travel.