Unlimited Holidays Increase Productivity

Unlimited Holidays Increase Productivity

Don’t feel like you’re ever getting the most out of your annual leave? Fast Company notes that for many companies who’ve adjusted their annual leave policies, productivity is through the roof.

It’s not necessarily all roses: some employees report working more often and harder than ever. The difference, though, is that they can easily take a few more days off to recover. Seems like something worth considering at a lot of workplaces. Photo by Sergey Peterman (Shutterstock).

Take the folks from web service Hubspot, for example:

[CTO Dharmesh] Shah says Hubspot doesn’t track anyone’s time off, so it’s hard to know if the policy makes people more or less wary of taking vacation. “One thing we are pretty sure about is that it’s a less stressful way to manage it,” he says. Rather than hoard days for times when they really need it, then scramble to take days at the end of the year (or fight for extra pay for time not taken), Shah says Hubspot’s open, unlimited vacation policy makes all of these problems go away.

After two years with this plan, “the company has been ranked as the #2 fastest-growing software company on the Inc. 500”. The same bump has held for website GoHealthInsurance.com, who claims a 200 per cent increase in growth over the last year.

Unlimited Vacation Doesn’t Create Slackers — It Ensures Productivity [Fast Company]


  • I’d be happy enough to use the limited leave I have but be able to take it whenever I want – I work at a k-12 school so not allowed to take leave during school time, but in IT the school holidays are project time, so it’s like pulling teeth to get two weeks off in a row…

  • Probably through still enforcing KPI’s, such as IBM’s policy on a minimum number of billable hours vs their unlimited vacation policy. Meet your KPI’s, and if you need a day off after a tough sprint, take it and recharge and come back fresher. Don’t skip the sprint in the first place, though! If you know your job and your team’s goals, you’ll know which days it’s more important to be working, and which days it’s less important. I worked on a team where this was unofficially the rule, as half the team would have offed themselves before the end of the project if that freedom to get away for a day periodically during the 80 hour weeks hadn’t been there.

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