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Vacation policies have changed quite a bit over the years. Employers have experimented with unlimited vacation, interchangeable paid-time-off (PTO) and sick days, and the traditional method of accrued PTO days with a set number of sick days. However, the Society for Human Resource Management still reports that about a third of employees don’t take earned vacation time due to fears of getting behind on work, feeling like they do not have adequate coverage for their time away, and wanting to show dedication to their employer. Each vacation policy has its advantages and disadvantages but the best indicator of how your employees feel about your policy is, well, how they feel about it. Even so, it can be challenging to get a pulse on your employees’ true thoughts on vacation and time off policies due to the fear that vacation is comparable to slacking off or not working hard enough. Indeed discovered that 57% of Americans didn’t take time off due to “work culture” and 59% of individuals ended up working during their time off.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos recently gave a fascinating interview to fellow CEO Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of publisher Axel Springer. There’s a lot of interesting revelations in the conversation: Bezos’ tendency to butcher quotes, his approach to criticism, his vision to “move all heavy industry off of Earth” (he’s really into space travel). I recommend reading the transcript. Here’s the quote that stuck out to me: “I get asked about work-life balance all the time. And my view is, that's a debilitating phrase because it implies there's a strict trade-off. And the reality is, if I am happy at home, I come into the office with tremendous energy. And if I am happy at work, I come home with tremendous energy. It actually is a circle; it's not a balance.”
It is a common misconception that remote workers have it easy when it comes to work. This idea has clouded the reality of the challenges that come with being a remote worker, and managing a remote workforce. Meanwhile, working remote is one of the most successful means of employment, and has increasingly becoming the hottest work trend of 2018.
We’re excited to announce the findings of a new research study that TINYpulse has co-authored with Owl Labs, on the state of remote work. The study is one of the first of its kind to focus on employee success and retention for remote workers.
I recently connected with Matt Roberge, CEO and founder of SLC Bookkeeping, a completely distributed accounting company. They fill in the gaps for small businesses that need flexibility, but don't yet have the need for a full-time controller. They also offer day-to-day financial planning, personalized mentoring, and consulting services for small businesses. As a Goldman Sachs 10KSB Scholar and a frequent contributor to Huffpost, Matt Roberge is a frequent proponent of strong work-life balance, and his recent blog post “I Finally Understand Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Succeed” is a beautiful example of his thought leadership in the business development space. I asked him a variety of questions, from why he decided to manage a workforce in Utah from Montana, to his thoughts on supporting employee growth.