Most of us sit at our desks everyday dreaming about our next holiday. Hours and hours wasted picturing exotic beaches, new cultures and simply some time away from the office. One boss however has moved to combat this by buying each of his staff a holiday each year. Not a bad way to boost morale…
Bart Lorang, head honcho at FullContact, gives his staff $7500 a year to take themselves on holiday, and before you ask, no it doesn’t come out of their wages, or their holiday entitlement. The only condition… employees have to cut themselves off from the world completely.
So why does he do it? Lorang started this unique initiative in 2012, partly to give his workers a renewed enthusiasm for their jobs. The more practical reason is that Lorang wants to avoid the ‘hero syndrome’ that is apparently rife in tech startups. A lot of employees want to make themselves untouchable, and the only person capable of doing their jobs. Lorang’s holiday system is designed to make every employee unavailable for at least one week a year. This way everyone is dispensable. Speaking about his brainchild, Lorang claimed it was about promoting a strong company ethos.
“If people know they will be disconnecting and going off the grid for an extended period of time, they might actually keep that in mind as they help build the company.”
I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I’d love to work somewhere I get a free holiday ever year. Who wouldn’t? What Lorang is doing is great though, giving his employees a proper week to recharge their batteries, as well as safeguarding his business from being over-reliant on a handful of people. Having worked in a tech startup myself, I know it definitely happens. In another story that will get all office workers jealous, this boss took 6,400 of his staff away on holiday.