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HRM CA | 25 Sep 2014, 10:32 AM Agree 0
Which high profile employer is taking a page from the Netflix employee handbook in the hopes unlimited vacation time will engage and retain employees?
  • Ella | 25 Sep 2014, 12:39 PM Agree 0
    Okay I am the first to scream YAH! to unlimited holidays HOWEVER how many time have you gone on a vacation where your co-workers picked up the slack - I am not sure if there is ever a time that is good to leave a job for vacation - stuff always comes up and in most cases co-workers deal with it - would this be the case at Virgin? I don't know
  • mike | 25 Sep 2014, 01:35 PM Agree 0
    Love the idea, but it only works if you have a performance culture, with clear measurables

    Ella I think employees would be more likely to cover for each other in this environment.
  • Asha | 26 Sep 2014, 03:17 PM Agree 0
    This depends on the industry you work in and if there are inequities in workloads and deadlines etc , it will never work. Also how do you measure the fairness and the employment laws if someone is off for maternity, sick, leave of absence etc ? Termination and vacation pay for years of service etc ??
  • Rene Harvey | 29 Sep 2014, 01:54 PM Agree 0
    I think performance/merit-based vacation/paid time off incentives would work better. I for one would love to earn more vacation based on measurable extra effort put in.
  • George Kralidis | 30 Sep 2014, 01:25 PM Agree 0
    This is really "smoke in mirrors" (implementing something employees will never be able to take full advantage of).

    Even with set vacation entitlements employees have a difficult time taking all of their vacation due to workload. I doubt implementing an open, flexible vacation policy like Branson has will make a difference. Work will always get in the way of taking vacation. That's why millions of vacation days each year are not taken and lost. A better gesture perhaps would have been for the business and managers to somehow create the conditions whereby employees are able to take full advantage of the time they are already currently given. My two cents for what it's worth
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