HR Strange But True!
June 30, 2011

There are several vacation perks that sound too good to be true. We’ve heard about unlimited paid vacation, paid sabbaticals, and vacation donation banks. But what about a no-vacation policy?

Americans are notorious for not using up their vacation time. Only 57 percent exhaust vacation time, as opposed to 89 percent of France’s and 77 percent of Great Britain’s workforces. Americans even use less vacation than workers in China, according to a Reuters/Ipsos global vacation survey. With those numbers, it may seem that a no-vacation policy is the last thing Americans would need.

However, no-vacation actually means “name your own vacation.” Aruba Networks, a wireless networking company, adopted this policy where employees are responsible for scheduling their vacations, for as long as they want, under the condition that their manager approves.

According to the employer, the no-vacation strategy benefits staff and managers by improving employee productivity and requiring managers to communicate expectations more clearly.

What about workaholics? A policy that requires employees to request vacation may seem to put a lot of pressure on workers, especially workaholics. However, in a recent Wall Street Journal column, Wilson Craig, director of corporate communications for the company, described the HR department as a regulatory party, ensuring that managers and employees “work together to make sure people have the time off they need.”


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