Workplace Sabbaticals: Employers Offering Extended Leaves
Are you exhausted and exhausted at your job? Some workplaces are responding and even recruiting new employees with extended breaks. The Sum dives into the sabbatical trend.
TO SUM UP
- Many of us are stressed, anxious and exhausted at work. It’s not just a problem for us, it’s a problem for employers.
- The pandemic helped spur a mass exodus of workers during the “Great Resignation”. But it’s also part of a linear trend. As a result, many companies are increasing their benefits.
- Go on sabbatical: Extended leave from your day job so you can take a break and recuperate.
- Traditionally, sabbaticals last for one year and are taken after 7 years of work. Sabbaticals are more common in academia, where professors take on heavy research workloads.
- The main reason to stay with your current employer: a good work/life balance.
WHAT IS HAPPENING
- The sabbatical project looked at a group of 50 people who took extended leaves and found that most suffered from “functional workaholism”.
- A 2019 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 16% of companies offered sabbaticals, up from 4% in 2011. But more prominent companies are trying them.
- Nearly 600 Adobe employees took three-month sabbaticals last year.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT
- Research shows that people who took sabbaticals returned to work less stressed and with better overall well-being.
- This allows workers to come back to work with new ideas to innovate in the workplace. But there is a risk: employees can bring these new ideas to a new organization.
- Sabbaticals also provide a stress test for employers (one absentee shouldn’t bring the company down) and new opportunities for young employees.
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