There was a time when many companies made their employees feel guilty and even afraid of losing their jobs if they took vacation time. Thankfully, most have come to realize that taking time off and recharging is critical to people giving their best on the job.
Fast Company is featuring several tech companies who are taking some innovative approaches to encouraging their people to relax and recharge:
At Kik, it’s mandatory for employees to take at least one week off every four months. Its offices also close for two weeks around the holidays.
FullContact pays a whopping bonus of $7,500 to employees who take a vacation.
HubSpot makes all employees take at least two weeks of vacation every year.
Evernote offers a vacation bonus of $1,000, which we also tried at Buffer in 2015. We’ll likely bring it back once we fully emerge from our cash-flow crisis!