Paying people to take real vacations

From Paid Vacation? That’s Not Cool. You Know What’s Cool? Paid, PAID Vacation by FullContact CEO Bart Lorang:

Once per year, we give each employee $7500 to go on vacation. There are a few rules:
— You have to go on vacation, or you don’t get the money.
— You must disconnect.
— You can’t work while on vacation.

If people know they will be disconnecting and going off the grid for an extended period of time, they might actually keep that in mind as they help build the company. For example:
— They might empower direct reports to make more decisions.
— They might be less likely to create a special script that isn’t checked into GitHub and only lives on their machine.
— They might document their code a bit better.
— They might contribute to the Company Wiki and share knowledge.
Get the picture? At the end of the day, the company will improve. As an added bonus, everyone will be happier and more relaxed knowing that they aren’t the last line of defense.

(1) Compare to Bandwidth’s total email embargo during vacation.
(2) Perhaps the FullContact approach works better: reward people for taking real vacation, instead of making it another obligation.

2 thoughts on “Paying people to take real vacations

  1. Actually, I believe that many people like the illusion of being irreplaceable/essential. Why else would one answer emails/texts/phone @ 23h00? Fear?

  2. Pingback: How to stop email from ruining your vacation | A Founder's Notebook

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