It’s tough to measure the true scope of the trend, but more and more businesses are experimenting with unconventional time-off rules and benefits, including taking a much more flexible approach to monitoring employees’ vacation and personal leave.
Among the latest examples:
- At technology giant IBM, each of its 355,000 workers is entitled to three or more weeks of vacation, but the company says it doesn’t officially keep track of the time off. The amount of vacation days isn’t ruled by seniority, and the time-off doesn’t carry over from year to year if unused.
- At electronics retailer Best Buy, a flexible-work program called “Results Oriented Work Environment” gives its 4,000 corporate employees the freedom to do their jobs without regard to the hours they put in daily—opening up the ability to take personal time off without a lot of prior approvals and scheduling rules.
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