“I remember like getting back on that plane and thinking, ‘Oh, I’ll never be the same person again.’”
Over 75% of people in our study who were offered a sabbatical by their companies returned. These sabbatical-takers came back refreshed and engaged, with a realistic idea of how work can fit into—and enable—a life outside of work. Companies are made up of people. Enacting policies that recognize the full-person engenders loyalty and creates evangelists for company culture.
Exploring new places, learning how to live differently, or revisiting a dormant hobby or passion not only impacts the individual, but spreads throughout their teams and the broader company. Creative thinking enables solutions to difficult and unforeseen problems; it’s also infectious.
Companies that have adopted sabbatical policies learn how to better distribute responsibilities and also what breaks (or works better) in someone’s absence. Junior employees enjoy growth opportunities. Managers signal that taking time off is a part of life and work. Whether it’s temporary leave—like parental or FMLA—or permanent departures, your company will be better equipped for transitions.
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