ZeroTurnaround, a tech firm that creates tools to make Java software more productive, put its own productivity to the test recently when it sent its employees on a working vacation to Crete — a Greek island the company’s founders had always wanted to visit. Sixty-four employees from the firm’s offices in Estonia, Prague, and Boston spent a week in early September making sales calls and giving product demonstrations at a villa overlooking the Mediterranean — as well as playing tourist and taking a cruise on a vessel decked out like a pirate ship.
There were some complaints, though. “It’s kind of hard to work while you’re overlooking the Mediterranean, and you’ve got the breeze blowing through your hair,” said marketing director Jeremy Lopez. This was the second year the ZeroTurnaround crew was treated to an all-expense-paid trip to Crete, and if they reach their goals next year, they’ll have the Mediterranean breeze blowing through their hair again soon.