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Unlimited Vacation Time at Netflix

By on April 14, 2012 in Uncategorized with No Comments

Family vacationI read yesterday about Netflix’s policy of offering unlimited vacation for their employees.

Netflix’s co-founder Reed Hastings in an interview with  Bloomberg Business Week that is part of their “freedom and responsibility culture.”

We want responsible people who are self-motivating and self-disciplined, and we reward them with freedom. The best example is our vacation policy. It’s simple and understandable: We don’t have one. We focus on what people get done, not on how many days they worked. Prior to 2004 we had the standard vacation model, until we realized no one was tracking how many hours in a day they worked. Why were we tracking whether someone takes two weeks or four weeks of vacation? It was an industrial era habit.

What would a policy like this do for your company or organization?  I also think that this could have a lot of potential with non-profit organizations who are not always able to compensate their employees like what you seen in the for-profit world.  Especially when you see many organizations and churches foster, albeit unintentionally, a burnout culture.

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About the Author: Shane Vander Hart is the founder and editor-in-chief of Caffeinated Thoughts.  He is also the President of 4:15 Communications, LLC, a social media & communications consulting/management firm.  Prior to this Shane spent 20 years in youth ministry serving in church, parachurch, and school settings.  He has also served as an interim pastor and is a sought after speaker and pulpit fill-in.  Shane has been married to his wife Cheryl since 1993 and they have three kids.  Shane and his family reside near Des Moines, IA.  You can connect with Shane on Facebook or follow him on Twitter and Google +. .

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