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Fortune: Sabbaticals are companies’ latest weapon against the Great Resignation

“There has been a burnout and disengagement crisis,” says DiDonna of the current workplace scene. “You don’t want to keep disengaged, fatigued, burned-out employees—you want to help them find a role that’s working better for them.”

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CNBC: This HR manager took 3 months off with pay to hike in Europe. Here’s why her tech company let her do it.

What do I want my life to be like? Have I gotten off path?’”

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Built-In: What is Sabbatical Leave?

“Ideally, sabbaticals are measured in months, not weeks,” said DJ DiDonna, an entrepreneur and founder of the Sabbatical Project, an initiative designed to spread awareness about the positive effects of sabbaticals.

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Fast Company: The Great Resignation has morphed into the Great Sabbatical

“The pandemic is forcing people to make a change and to think about life and about themselves in a way they probably wouldn’t have ever done normally—about how precious and short life and our time is,” DiDonna says.

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Wall Street Journal: The Sabbatical, a Power Move for the Burnout Era

Employees who take sabbaticals say they return to work energized and more productive. Managers who are worried about retaining top talent and how the Covid-19 era is wearing on employees’ well-being find sabbaticals engender loyalty and greater creativity.

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Time Magazine: The Urgent Case for Sabbaticals for All

In order to survive, let alone thrive, the way we take off work must also be part of this reckoning. It’s time …

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NPR WOUB Interview – Sabbaticals can change your life & transform work cultures

Right after Harvard Business School, DJ DiDonna launched a startup. And then for 7 busy years he traveled the world, supporting small businesses in emerging markets. DJ’s company was successful, but he felt burned out. So he took a break from work, doing things unrelated to his job, like taking a walking pilgrimage in Japan. DJ’s time off was life changing, and he became intrigued by the transformative power of sabbaticals. Now he’s immersed in the Sabbatical Project, researching how long breaks can change lives and improve our work culture.

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Quartz: Even a Forced Sabbatical Can Have Profound Benefits

Behind the unprecedented disruption of routine life by the coronavirus could lie one of the most profound transformations of our lives: closer connections, greater happiness, and a healthier relationship to work. Despite the anxiety, fear, and illness that is likely to touch each of our lives, there may be a silver lining once we’re on the other side, according to new research from hundreds of sabbatical takers.

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TEDx: Time Off Well Spent

Emerging research suggests that one of the best things you can do for your career and personal well being is to take extended time off your job. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

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TEDx: Time [Off] Well Spent | with DJ DiDonna

Emerging research suggests that one of the best things you can do for your career and personal well being is to take extended time off your job. Entrepreneur DJ DiDonna speaks about his own sabbatical, and discusses his research on how sabbaticals can play a transformational role in how we think about ourselves, and the future of work itself.

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