One company’s response to the work-life conundrum in a society without real down-time.


Vacations, by design, are supposed to be a time to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your favorite places, people or activities. And yet the process of requesting, approving and tracking vacation at most companies worldwide is anything but relaxing. The system is archaic: employees at all levels “earn” days off by working, regardless of whether they are working 80-hour weeks or 30-hour weeks. After accruing enough vacation to take “time off,” employees either take days off every chance they get, hoard it so that they get a check at the end of their company tenure, or hurry to use vacation days before they expire at the end of the year. Does any of that sound relaxing to you? Me neither.

Over the past few years, the way in which people live and work has changed fundamentally. Employees check e-mail on their smartphones, collaborate on documents from home and complete many…

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