“Unlimited holidays? Pft, they’ll never work again! I’ll never work again!” Screams George from HR, but little does he know this scheme will change the workplace as we know it.
The discussion surrounding unlimited holidays is louder than ever, and workplaces are increasingly adopting this new scheme, but why? And how do we know that our employees won’t all pull a George and go on a 365-day break?
Because of trust and autonomy.
This rising holiday allowance, or lack thereof, allows staff to take as much leave as they’d like in order to rest and take time for themselves outside of the workplace – with the view that a capped allowance is detrimental.
Gone are the days of holiday related anxieties; worrying that you’re running out of days and won’t get paid if you go over, or having to put in a request whenever you need a break – making your own time to be under the watchful eye for the rest of your days.
Because why should you have to ask permission for limited you time?
Of course, there must be some sort of line, but we’re talking minimum here. With mental health awareness rising over the years, employers are looking for ways to put employee wellbeing at the top of their list, so set a minimum amount of days that employees need to take off in order to prevent burnout and work-related issues.
This scheme is just hitting the UK, after seeing rising popularity, and most importantly, success, within the US.
It has shown employees to be more productive, meeting their targets easier and working more efficiently in order to feel like they deserve the extra time off. It gives each person a sense of responsibility and stability, knowing that they’re trusted to look after their workload in order to find balance between their work and life.
Of course, it goes without saying that this scheme won’t work for everyone, as each workplace is different. If you can’t see this fitting into your business, why not consider implementing flexi time, or extra time to take off during your employees days, to extend their lunch, leave early or take a moment to get their feet on the ground during a busy day?
What do you think of the unlimited holiday entitlement?