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Time off from Work

Everyone talks about this. It can make or break a company, it can lead to optimism, hard work and loyalty or exhaustion, low morale and lack of engagement.  In big companies, it can vary from group to group. When you NEED time off, and you can get it, then life is good. Of course, I have a bias, I quit the employee world and became a contractor over this very issue.

What do I think? Give me time off when I need it! I wouldn’t ask if it wasn’t important.

This article is great – about Virgin and their time off policies: (a quick summary)

  • Employees can now take up to a year of paid parental leave after the birth or adoption of a child. (this is depending on time with the company.) Thanks to CEO Richard Branson for his innovative thinking.
  • Retention – or do you want to keep hiring after your key folks leave?
  • Keep Employees Healthy
  • Keep your group creative, productive and engaged
  • Watch designer Stefan Sagmeister TED video
  • Pay attention to what Cindy Ventrice, author of Make Their Day! Employee Recognition that Works  has to say. Her weekly tips are so useful.

Other Additional Resources, Ideas

  • Stumbling on Happiness, Daniel Gilbert
  • 3M 15% time off to explore
  • 30% – Google gives software engineers time


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