Unlimited Paid Vacation at Netflix
If you work for Netflix, you have no allotment of vacation days – if you need/want a vacation, you can go. Just make sure your work is covered and your manager knows where you are at.
For someone who spent hours this year pouring over my vacation allotment and trying to stretch it to cover my own wedding, a honeymoon, short hiking trips, and other obligations (weddings and holidays), this sounds like a dream come true.
Honestly, I find it wildly unfair that senior people with the company get SO MUCH more vacation time than us younger workers. I’m not saying they haven’t earned some amount of extra vacation. Still, it feels like a dagger in my heart every time I get an email that says something like “and I’ll be out Friday so I don’t go over the maximum vacation allowed.” I even wrote something in my employee survey about how the vacation policy was not at the top of the industry and an update would do a lot for the work-life balance of the younger employees. Not that I expect them to take action on it, but hey, they asked my opinion! And yes, it really would make a difference if I had the luxury of choosing between jobs!
Let me add that it isn’t about avoiding work. I prefer to be busy and engaged, I don’t mind occasional long weeks and days, and I’m excited about the work I’m doing. From the article:
The idea is that freedom and responsibility actually go together quite well
Exactly. I’ll earn the responsibility, but I’d also like to earn a bit more freedom!
My company would never adopt such a policy, but it is still food for thought. What do you think of this idea? Would your company ever do something like this?