Boss OKs vacation anytime
Richard Branson, whose company doesn’t track time off
British billionaire Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, thinks people should be able to take time off work whenever they want — no questions asked, ABC News reported yesterday.
“It is left to the employee alone to decide if and when he or she feels like taking a few hours, a day, a week or a month off,” Branson said in an excerpt posted to his blog from his new book, The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership.
He has introduced the “non-policy” of not counting vacation time at Virgin offices in the United States and United Kingdom, and, if there are no snags, he will expand it to all subsidiaries.
The assumption is that employees will take time off only when they think their absence won’t damage the business, the team or their careers, Branson said.
He was inspired to try the policy, he said, after his daughter showed him a news article that mentioned how Netflix doesn’t track vacation time. She told of a friend whose company had done the same thing, and “Morale, creativity and productivity have all gone through the roof,” he recalled.
Jan’s musings. . .
. . . . with this kind of thinking, open-mindedness and creativity, is it any wonder that this man is so very successful? He deserves all the good which he continues to spread around. Bravo, Mr. Branson!